Friday was a momentous day for two reasons. The first is that I had the privilege of being interviewed for the well-respected SFFworld.com, of which I have been a long-time fan. The questions were thought-provoking and I really enjoyed answering them. It wasn't just because I love to talk about Sunder, but it was because they invited me to examine myself. The reason Sunder took so long to complete was not lack of time, but lack of belief in myself, something many writers struggle with. There's something soothing about just admitting it to the broader public. We in America love to brag about how busy we are; I suppose for some people it's actually true. But for me and others, it is often a cover for not being brave enough to power through the hard times. Owning it will, hopefully at least, make me less susceptible to it as I move on to book 2.
The second reason Friday was awesome was that I finally got my braces off!It's terrible being in your 30s with braces, but was so worth it in the end.
I am now officially recognized as Kristin McTiernan by the almighty IRS. I have considered doing this for a few years now, but it was just so easy to roll up my writing and editing money in with my day job money. Now that my husband and I are filing jointly, it is simply non-beneficial (and getting more complicated by the day) for my writing income to be wrapped up with my full time income.
Inc.com was kind enough to tell me what to do, as my only source was LegalZoom. As informative as they were. LegalZoom charges for services that are free on the IRS website, a fact I would not have known without my digital due diligence.
Part of actually getting people to buy your book (and I am so grateful for the sales I've had thus far) is being responsible with the money, as we all know Uncle Sam will get his cut, whether from your check book or from your hide. This is just another step in my journey and even though it was slightly time-consuming, it was well worth it... and about as exciting as taxes get.
The Goodreads giveaway for Sunder has come to an end and the five winners have been selected. I am very excited about all the new readers who have added Sunder to their "to-read" list. The copies will be in the mail on Monday and I can't wait for the winners to dig in. I doubt very much they will be excited as I was to see Sunder come in the mail, but hopefully it will bring a smile :)
My short story detailing the aftermath of Isabella's accident is available on Amazon. Seeing the world through the eyes of Elizabeth, Isabella's personal assistance, you can see a little deeper into the corruption of Isabella's America, and a much deeper look into Alfredo. I wrote this when I was stuck on a scene, but writing it helped me see more clearly who Alfredo really was and how he reacts when his back against the wall. It was nice to give Elizabeth more of a voice as well, as she has to keep so much inside her.