I have been writing stories ever since I first learned to write. My first book I ever wrote was "The Rainbow Heart" at the age of four, and it was more pictures than it was words. But ever since then, I have been hooked.
Through elementary up until high school, I read up to a book a day. My loves have always been supernatural, horror, and fantasy, but I would occasionally fall in love with a well-written drama. I wasn't always sure that I wanted to be a writer, though.
When I began attending college, I double-majored in English and History. Likely to your surprise, and definitely to mine, I didn't enjoy enjoy English. Although I loved the reading and writing, I found my interpretations of literature to be very different than others. I value the openness of art, so when people told me I was viewing that art wrong, I got turned off to the idea of confined learning.
I did, however, stick with History. There, I got to read and write without being judged for my interpretations. I graduated with a B.A. in History in December 2013.
I wrote my first book while I was in college. I completed my first version of Lokte my second semester of college. It was only after the fact that I realized the book was dreadful.
Thinking that a failure, I went onto a new novel with the hopes of getting it right this time. It took a year and a half to complete, but in December of 2013, I completed my first YA novel, The Victoria Benson Saga: The Lamia (release date to be announced).
There it was. I was finally the author of a book I was proud of. But instead of immediately continuing the series, I thought back to Lokte, that poorly organized first novel. It really was a train wreck. But something within me told me to write it; that although the first version was bad, the core concept was solid. So, vowing to come back to my YA series, I rewrote Lokte and finished it in early May of 2014.
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Unlocked: a short prequel to Lokte
by K.J. Bryen
New York, 1985.
Sophia Parks is used to battling demons. But when she's approached by a girl needing to expel a demon, Sophia struggles to help her, and must go up against the most powerful demon she's ever faced. To fail might mean losing everything she loves . . .
This short prequel to "Lokte" delves in Sophia's past, and incorporates some unlikely characters from the novel.
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