Thursday, January 28, 2021

Guest Post: The Very Real World of Emily Adams by Samantha J. Rose

The Very Real World of Emily Adams

by Samantha J. Rose

Published: June 9, 2020

Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy


“Be a rebel. In a world of darkness, become light.”

Emily Adams has lost everything. Injured from a fight with her now officially-ex-boyfriend, she’s fled to an unfamiliar city with nothing but the change in her pocket and a broken relationship with her father. As hope slips away, she seeks to put a permanent end to her pain…

Until an enchanting encounter with a magic man in a dress changes everything.

Given a new chance at life, Emily embarks on a journey with her new BFF, a mysterious clairvoyant, and a band of musicians to stop the monsters that threaten the world. And she may uncover something even more impossible-if she can let go of the past and believe in herself enough to embrace it.

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Guest Post:

Is there an author past or present that may have inspired you to write? If yes please tell us who this author is and how they may have inspired you?

Definitely Stephen King. He is my hero for sure.

I’ll always remember those early days of trying to write my novel, The Very Real World of Emily Adams. I was plagued by self-doubt. I knew my ideas were a bit unorthodox and wouldn’t speak to everyone, and I wondered if it’d even go anywhere. I wondered if it was worth continued effort.

Then I read a story that Stephen King told in the introduction of his book, Skeleton Crew. I will never, ever forget it.

Once upon a time, Stephen King had the pukes. He was lying in bed, alone, in a spare bedroom of his house in too much pain and misery to sleep. All he could do was stare at the ceiling.

Then a story came into his mind. As he watched and pondered this story, he was finally able to calm down, relax, and eventually drift away into sleep.

Once he was feeling better, he wrote story down and called it Word Processor Of The Gods and sold it to Playboy. It was then featured in one of their magazines.

Later, a friend was over at Stephen King’s house and asked him why he even bothered to write that story. “You hardly made any money from that,” he said. “What’s the point of even doing it?”

This argument made King mad. When his friend asked if there was more beer, he lied and told him “No” so he would leave.

King writes, “You don’t do it for the money; you do it because it saves you from feeling bad. A man or woman able to turn his or her back on that is just a monkey…. The story paid me by letting me get back to sleep when I felt like I couldn’t. I paid the story back by getting it concrete, which it wanted to be. The rest is just side effects.”

This taught me such an important lesson at that critical time, a lesson that has carried me through every painful edit, every major roadblock and nearly every gut-wrenching moment of self-doubt. It’s not about whether or not you fly or fail. It really isn’t. It’s about whether or not what you’re doing matters to you. It’s about whether or not it has meaning and if it makes your heart sing with happiness. Whatever you do, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Live from the heart. I know all too well that it’s easy to get wrapped up in stupid stuff—the stuff that has no lasting value. It’s so easy to judge a thing and the things we do on a dumb, superficial scale… but the second you do that, the joy behind the thing disappears.

Stephen King also said, “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dated, getting laid or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”

What we choose to do in life—whether it’s writing, making things, coding things, reading things, studying things, designing things, doing construction, digging in the dirt, whatever—we should do it because it makes us happy, because it saves us. Our time is as sand in an hour glass. At first it seems unending but it isn’t long before we realize each grain is numbered. Fall in love with what you’re doing. To do that is to fall in love with life. To do that, is to find happiness.

Author Bio:

Samantha J Rose is a forever-student at Utah State University, who will one day have her Masters Degree in Psychology. She wrote her first novel in permanent marker on her sister's vanity chair when she was three-years-old. It wasn't well received.

She currently resides in the mountains, in a little house full of toys, where she's enjoying her happily ever after with her Prince Charming and three adorable, little bears.