28 April, 2016

#GuestPost :: Making the time to write by Tigris Eden

About the Author:
One of Tigris’ fondest memories, was in the sixth grade, when her teacher read her story, “The Case of The Missing Pepperoni”, out loud to the class. It was then she decided she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. But like all childhood dreams, reality has a way of crashing in and disrupting plans. But her imagination and the voices inside her head never stopped talking. Every dream she could remember was jotted down in her dream journals. 
When she’s not writing Tigris marvel’s at life’s gifts. She likes to take pictures of beautiful things. She openly admits that what she may find beautiful another person might not, and she’s perfectly okay with that. She enjoys her music and doesn’t leave home without it. Long pillow conversations with LL about nonsensical things, and hanging out with her boys, when they deem her “cool enough.” 
Tigris is a military brat who's done her fair share of travelling, thanks to her Army father. She's married to the infamous LL and has three boys. She currently resides in Houston and is actively seeking a book-buddy for the end of the world.

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Making the time to write

For the life of me I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to post about. So I decided that the best thing to write about is what’s happening now in my life as it pertains to my writing. I have a crazy schedule. I work full time, sometimes 50 hours a week or more. I come home, literally look around my house and say, “That will have to wait until I have some more time.” Why? Because, I get majority of my writing done, late at night, and during the weekend. 

I eventually want to write from home full time. But as of yet, it’s not happening. Oh, but it will. I’m determined. I truthfully admit, I am a boring person by nature. Homebody connoisseur, that’s me.  I come home, I make dinner, and then I sit down to write. Sometimes, there is a movie on in the background, most other times, it’s all music. But I love what I do, and I do what I love. It just so happens to be WRITING. I’m fortunate in my case, because all my children are grown. I’ve been writing since the sixth grade, but couldn’t truly pursue what it was I loved doing. I had a family at a young age. And for the longest time they were my life. They still are, but for the most part, they let me write in peace. Again, another blessing. 

I have a total of three to four planners at a time. One for work. Two for writing, as one of them is more to break down the time line, as the other is more of a doodle, plot, thoughts, and ideas planner. That, in itself is time-consuming. I pre-plan my writing work week down to the word count. For instance, I’m working on Until Her, which is my third book in my Beauville Series, (although truly its book two, as the first book was a prequel.) and I know what I want my total word count to be, and so I’ve broken it down into a six-day plan. Because on the seventh day, I reserve for setting up for the coming week with blog posts, etc., and also research on other projects I intend to see come to light.  Things don’t always go according to plan, and with that, I am constantly scratching things out and putting new items in place, and moving things to the following day, or days. Depending on the time constraints. 

Miraculously, it all comes together in the end. Most days. I’m laughing as I write this, because my wonderful assistant Jenni, whom I adore, basically told me, I needed to get my butt in gear and get my post done. But because of the flood this week in Houston, and all the crazy that ensued, I was literally exhausted, mentally and emotionally. Trust me, she gave this assignment well in advance, but as a writer, sometimes, I forget to slow down and get the business side done. You have to network, schmooze if you will and play nice with others. I’m an introvert by nature, but have forced myself to come out, and make friends. It’s has been one scary, amazing ride. But, I digress. Bottom-line, I make the time to write, not only because I want you all to read my writing, but because there are so many stories I want to tell, and share with everyone. I love reading, I love writing, apparently, I also enjoy Facebook Live. (Still get nervous, and do goofy things,) but for the most part. I think folks enjoy my brand of goof. 

I always say, there is never enough time in a day. But really there is. You just have to make the time, and I pride myself on trying to do that every day, with everything. So, I make the time to write, and because of that, I’m rewarded with all the things my writing entails. I get to meet new readers, talk to interesting people, and create a world where on most days, action and romance collide. Diamond is dropping today, and although there is no romance, I promise the action is definitely there. It’s my first attempt at a dystopian world, that bleeds true in my heart, and I can’t wait to take everyone into this new world I’ve created, where men and woman do dastardly things, and indulge their vice. 

About the Book:

Series: V Vice 
Book: One
Publisher: Kats Kreative Ideas
Release Date: April 26, 2016

The first book in a new series by Author Tigris Eden. Beyond the Red Door, everything has a price. 

Eons ago, the comet Biel passed through Earth’s atmosphere, depositing Travelers and leaving behind remnants that drastically altered the planet and its inhabitants. Hundreds of years later, mutation and evolution have left behind a desolate wasteland and dangers beyond comprehension. 

The last remnants of the human race are clinging to life, living in the ruins of Earth’s major cities and struggling to survive. Technology is scarce, and what little remains comes from the very thing that almost destroyed them. Monsters roam the streets, and fear and duplicity rule. 

The fallout from the comet has mutation spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into carnivores and savages that threaten the city and its people. Amidst the chaos, one man rules as Sovereign and corners the market on both technology and trade. To Lavarious Diamond, everything is for sale or trade. The only question is how much it’s worth. 

When a mysterious woman comes to the Quarry and promises a huge payday, Diamond’s tidy life is shaken up, and he finds himself uncharacteristically helping her. Along the way, secrets and deceit abound. When the truth comes out, nothing and nobody will ever be the same.

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