Authors Who Turned Me into a Writer-Part 2 of Why I Write

Earlier I spoke about the authors who turned me into a reader. Well, that was only the beginning. I’ve evolved. Certain authors pushed me into the world of story creation. Now, I’m a writer. And these are the authors who turned (cursed?) me.

Authors who turned me into a writer, a list of authors who encouraged me to write

Neil Gaiman

American Gods, a novel by Neil Gaiman

I have so much to say about Neil Gaiman. So. Much. He taught me the beauty of simplicity in story telling. You don’t have to describe every article of clothing. Every hair on the main character’s head. If you have a STORY, you can have a book. Every one of his works are solid, unique, stylized, and gorgeously creative. I own this man a lot. His ideas are not only original, but he owns them. He commits to every character, theme, and sentence. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, Gaiman never disappoints.

Anne Rice

Interview with a Vampire, a vampire novel by Anne Rice

 

Where Gaiman taught me simplicity, Anne Rice taught me the art of description. Her work (The Vampire Chronicles specifically) has a flowery, artsy, romantic style of writing that would normally turn readers off. BUT IT WORKS. Or rather, she makes it work. She has the ability to beatify her characters. She just loves them. You can tell. You can feel it. She knows them, and loves them, and it makes her stories lovely. The Vampire Lestat tops my list of favorite fictional characters. And the way Rice writes about him, I’m not convinced he isn’t real. These novels showed me you can write with voice and adoration for your characters. So grateful for her.

Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guid to the Galaxy, science fiction books by Douglas Adams

This guy, though! If there’s anything Douglas Adams taught me, it’s honesty. His writing is so on point it almost makes me sick. He has a way of explaining a feeling with pure, brutal, honesty. Funny. Relevant. Dead on. He can truly define the undefinable. I come back to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy time and time again just to smile and nod. Every time I read ANYTHING by him I think “Yes! You’re right! That’s exactly what that feels like!”

I found myself applying this idea in my paranormal series. My style is a little more… I don’t know… unfiltered candor. But I really believe writing should be sincere. Adams helped me find genuine honesty in my own writing. And I love him for it.

Plus, comedy is HARD. I think that’s one of the most difficult styles of writing to master. And he is effortless with it.

Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code a thrilling novel by Dan Brown

Say what you want about “controversy” or “inaccuracies”. I don’t care. Not even a little bit. Dan Brown can captivate. He takes cliffhanger to a whole new level. Some of his books I’ll get genuinely angry at, because it’s cliffhanger after cliffhanger and I just can’t stop! He forces me to keep going. His stories are riveting and enthralling. It’s inhuman the way he can suck me in. Witchcraft I tell you! But man… did I learn about how to keep a reader hooked. His books start with a million questions, and each time you get an answer, your questions triple. At least. Deeper and deeper you go down the rabbit hole until you feel like you can’t breathe.

It’s awesome.

R.L. Geerdes

Wizards Secrets a fantasy novel by R.L. Geerdes

R.L. Geerdes may be unknown to you. She wrote a fantasy series that was pretty good. She actually writes under a different name now, and is quite successful. But I need to speak to you about when she was R.L. Geerdes. Woo! Story time!

I know her personally. And while that isn’t reason enough to call someone “inspiring” she truly did inspire me. She taught me that if you want to write, you write. She went for it. Now, she’s writing full time. She’s a success. I met with her when I was first thinking of writing. She gave me some great resources and advice. But, I gotta say, it was her meeting with me in the first place that I found encouragement. She had two novels out, and took time from her life to meet with little ol’ me. She was so kind and motivating. I was so pleased that she’d offer to help. I owe her a ton. She really set me on the path.

If you want to write… write. You don’t wait for someone to tell you it’s okay. You don’t wait for an opportunity. You sit your ass down, and do it. Now, she didn’t actually say these words to me. Her attitude did. She knew very little about me. But, she knew the importance of writing. Of a dream. She was willing to help. This showed me that if you want to write. You go and you do it. Your dream is worth it.

Inspirational and motivational writing advice quote by K.D. Reed
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Also, and this is just a side note, this was my first taste of the writing community. My first experience dealing with the beautiful village of writers. What it means to be a part of this circle. I’ve had amazing results every time I’ve reached out to the writing community. We are a bunch of crazy, creative, kind, and generous people. And I am honored to be counted among you.

Stacy Lynn Carroll

My Name is Bryan an inspiring novel by Stacy Lynn Carroll

Stacy is also someone I know personally. We carpooled in middle school. Not kidding. However, this is not a moment of promotion for my friend. This is me saying Stacy Lynn Carroll taught me one of the most valuable things of my career. Don’t wait. Write. Publish. Live your dream.

Boom. That’s it. Now, don’t get me wrong. She’s a talented writer. I’ve loved all of her stuff. I’m going to be gifting her books to people for Christmas this year. She’s awesome and you should read her stuff. My point, for this post at least, is that she was the first writer to show me that indie-publishing isn’t something “desperate” people do.

When I first heard she was going to “self-pub” I was confused. My pea-brain thought that was only for authors who felt they’d been rejected one too many times. It was a way for them to say they were published without actually being published. I WAS THE WRONGEST WRONG PERSON OF ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE.

I read up on self and/or indie publishing and learned a thing or two…

  1. You have so much more control over your content
  2. You are the only one in charge of your career
  3. You can make MORE money indie-publishing than traditional publishing
  4. You don’t have to do what you don’t want to do

And that’s just the beginning. Carroll taught me that if I wanted a career, I could go get one. She taught me not to wait. Do it. Write your book. Publish your book. You. Just. Do. It.

Boom.

Here I am, years later, with mad respect for my dear friend, and a writing career of my own. I am so thankful for her and her amazing example

Now, I’m a writer. 

Kevin a science fiction book by author K.D. Reed     Demonic Illusions by K.D. Reed a paranormal romance and horror book series

Demonic Impulse a paranormal romance and horror book by K.D. Reed  Haunted a paranormal romance and horror book by K.D. Reed  Hell's Princess a paranormal romance and horror book by K.D. Reed

Thanks to the gorgeous people above, I’m a writer. Certain authors helped me love books, and these writers helped me create them. I write. I’m a writer.

And I love it.

Hell’s Princess

Now available for purchase!

 

Hell's Princess a paranormal romance and horror book by K.D. Reed

Now you can own the final installment of Demonic Illusions!

The complete set will be released tomorrow. The paperback next week.

It’s been a roller coast of a late summer. Waiting for Sam to tell me where he and Delilah were going to end up took some time. He wasn’t quick about it. But, I’m so pleased to have worked it out. Feel free to send me hate mail about the ending. I don’t invent the stories, I just tell them. But! I love talking about it. So, comment away!

Click the big ol’ cover up there, get the book, review the book, tell everyone you know to buy the book. It’s just that easy!

But wait there’s more!!

Actually, there isn’t. This post just turned into an infomercial for a second.

BUY THE BOOK.

That is all.

Thanks!

Hell’s Princess Tomorrow!

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Hell’s Princess comes out tomorrow! Here are the details you need to know:

TOMORROW: Hell’s Princess will be available

FRIDAY: Demonic Illusions The Complete Series will be available digitally (ebook, Kindle, Nook)

NEXT WEEK: Demonic Illusions The Complete Series will be available in paperback

There is a slight delay in the print version. I was afraid it would happen. But, there isn’t much to be done about it. The paperback just wasn’t high enough quality. So, I had to fix some formatting issues. But! Another proof is on its way to me, meaning it will be available to all of you soon. I cannot apologize enough for the delay. I absolutely hate it. However, I want to give my readers the best, and it just wasn’t good enough. We’re on our way, though! Just a tiny… bit… longer…

Links will be posted in the morning for Hell’s Princess. I cannot thank you all enough for your support. See you tomorrow!

(Need to catch up? Demonic Illusions Book 1 Demonic Impulse can be found here for Kindle or here for Nook)

 

Demonic Illusions The Complete Series

Demonic Illusions by K.D. Reed a paranormal romance and horror book series

Cover reveal!

Demonic Illusions will finally be in print! I’m awaiting the proofs now. We’re so close!

The complete series will be available in an ebook too. Available September 23rd. September 22nd, Hell’s Princess drops. Then, the next day, the complete series will be available. Hooray!

Man, this book series has been a journey. I’m so happy to see it finished and pretty and almost available.

Two weeks baby!

 

Hell’s Princess Cover Reveal

Hell's Princess a paranormal romance book

Here she is!

The final chapter of Sam and Delilah’s dramatic adventure of possessions, illusions, and love.

Sam and Delilah may be reunited, but that doesn’t mean they’ll survive.

A depressed and defeated Sam is lost without Delilah. One hour turned into sixty-six days. He’s desperate and alone. When Delilah finally makes her way back she’s in serious danger. And so is Sam. An underworld leader wants Delilah, and Sam is in the way. They’ll soon have to fight for not only each other. But their freedom.

Hell is after them.

You can get Demonic Impulse (Book 1) here:

Amazon/Kindle

Nook/B&N

And you can still vote once a day for Kevin my science fiction book that’s up for a Summer Indie Book Award here

Hell’s Princess Release

Paranormal romance horror book Hell's Princess

September 22nd you can get your hands on Hell’s Princess!

The print version should be available shortly after (only a week or so, I promise it won’t be too far away!)

Other dates you may find interesting:

  • September 1st voting begins for the Summer Indie Book Awards. Kevin has been nominated! I’ll post the link that morning. You can vote once per day. So buy Kevin. Read Kevin. Vote for Kevin. Yay!
  • September 2nd there will be the cover release for Hell’s Princess. That’s THIS FRIDAY
  • September 9th the paperback cover will be released.
  • September 12th(ish) will kick off the release of Delilah’s playlist. A collection of songs the inspired/remind me of Delilah. It’s cool and eclectic with some classics and some stuff that’s a little more… obscure. What fun!

Don’t forget you can start the first book in the Demonic Illusions series here. If you are a Nook reader you can get your copy here.

Thanks everyone! See you September 1st (THURSDAY) for #SIBA voting!

Demonic Illusions in Print!

Demonic Illusions paranormal book series by K.D. Reed

Man! This fall is full of excitement!

You read right! The entire Demonic Illusions series will be available in paperback this fall. Here are the details:

The entire series will be sold as a collection in paperback. To justify the production cost and to save a few trees (because trees are friends!!) I decided not to print the individual books separately. It just didn’t make sense to me. However, when you put the three together, it makes a perfect novel-length book. Bam! Just like that. I know a lot of my readers prefer a book in hand, so I opted to do it this way. Sadly, they have to be a little more patient than my eReader friends. But that’s okay! They’re nice people. And they deserve love and books to put on their shelves. The wait is almost over you beautiful people. Demonic Illusions will be in print this fall.

There will also be an eBook of all three in a “box set” type of situation. I know I like to have an entire series in one place. Convenience, aesthetics, whatever. It’s nice to have them all there.

Individual eBooks will be available too. So, if you’ve already got Books 1 and 2, you can snag Book 3 as normal. You won’t have to buy the other two again in the “box set” just to read the third book. That’d be a jerk move on my part. And, that’s not what I’m about. I want to write stories that people like. Then get them to the people in as many ways possible. I JUST WANT EVERYBODY HAPPY OKAY?

That’s it for today’s announcements. Be watching, though. I’ve got release dates to announce, covers to reveal, and books releasing soon. So, stay tuned. There’s a lot happening in the next month.

Also, don’t forget about Kevin (my science fiction, and first, book). It’s been nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award! Voting opens up September 1st and I’ll be posting more about that when the time comes.

See you soon! Author out.