by Takena Prevost
Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Date Published: December 13, 2013
Half-succubus Jazz Watkins spends her days navigating the halls of Moreland High and her nights knee deep in Chicago drug dens hunting Suecai – an evil kind of incubi and succubae who devour the souls of humans. But when a leader of the Suecai curses her, Jazz has to track him down. Either she kills him before the curse burns through her, or she’ll become a full-fledged, out of control, soul sucking monster.
She’s got a handful of weeks, absolutely no leads, and her sexy best guy-friend and team member, Khan, covering her back. But will the growing attraction she feels for Khan get in the way of her mission to save her own life?
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Starting Off As a Writer: 5 Things You Need To Know
As a writer who’s just getting her foot into the door within this industry, there are a lot of tips I found online and through years of research that I wish I’d known when I first got started. Below are the top 5 of my, “I Wish I’d Have Known That” tips:
- Find your writing style/process and stick to that: When I first started writing I did what everyone else did, tap away on my laptop and willed the genius to come to the surface. Pretty soon into that I realized that my first drafts were complete crap and I wasn’t comfy with that process. It was after some real inner searching that I realized how I’d always liked to write was long-hand at first, and then to type it out. Once I discovered that, all went so smoothly for me.
- A good critique group is priceless: There is no one you will find that will support you like a good critique group. They tell you when your plot is off and when your characters are not realistic, or when your dialogue doesn’t sound true to the characters you’ve built. Good critique groups are pivotal to making progress as a writer.
- You’ll have to go through many rounds of edits: Like everyone, I believed that my work was the stuff of genius and needed no changes. It was my critique group that pointed out its flaws and taught me how to make my work even better. They also taught me the importance and inevitability of second round – even third and fourth round – edits.
- Write everyday: Even when you don’t want it, it’s important to put some words down on paper. Being a writer is like having a second job. You have to work at it, practice every day until you’ve honed your craft.
- Get used to the word “No!”: It’s inevitable that you’ll be rejected at some point as a writer. When it comes down to it, it’s a very subjective business, and even though your work may be brilliant (and I’m sure it is!) what you may like may not be what the agent or editor is looking for. Try not to take it too personally and keep submitting. Personally, I constantly just tell myself that the person rejecting me can’t get my genius =).
Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and Korean dramas (to her wonderful boyfriends chagrin) and writing down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR for a major medical system in Houston, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Trakena has always loved the many worlds she's found in books, where everything was possible. As a child, you would often catch her enjoying a good story in the comfort of the AC, instead of wilting in the Houston heat (she showed great intelligence...even then). It didn't occur to Trakena that the fanciful stories she made up for fun could one day be out in the world, but now that they are she can't imagine it any other way!
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