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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Guest Post: Alicia Wright Brewster, Author of Echo, on her Publishing "Horror" Story

Release Date: April 25, 2013
Author: Alicia Wright Brewster
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Length: 291 pages

The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.

Guest Post:

A Publishing Horror Story:

I actually started writing ECHO about two and a half years ago, and ideas that went into ECHO predate that since they were incorporated into a now long-trashed project. After completing my first draft toward the end of 2011, I submitted it my editor, ready for her to tell me how awesome and ground-breaking it was. But instead…she basically told me it wasn't near publication-ready. She didn't think the world was believable, and the protagonist wasn't active enough.
After that spirit-crushing blow, I set the manuscript aside and wrote something else. I wrote a novella and a short story, both of which are now published, and a couple other things here and there. I also planned several other projects. Finally, I turned back to ECHO and didn't even bother to read my old first draft.
I started with the concepts I wanted to keep from the first version and completely re-planned the world-building, including giving the world itself (which is not Earth) a colonization history. (Don’t worry. The entire history is not included in the book, but having it handy helped me stay consistent and true to the world throughout.) I made my protagonist a bossy eighteen-year-old with a chip on her shoulder and something to prove. Eventually, I started writing the manuscript from scratch all over again. This final version includes one, maybe two, scenes that are based on scenes from the original manuscript. And even those one or two have been rewritten many times over.
The next time I sent ECHO to an editor, it was something that she and I could be proud of. So although my first experience with writing this book was a “horror story,” it has a happy ending.

About the Author:


Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero. (Please don't ask what her superpower is; that's not very polite.)

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.





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