Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Writing in Layers to Avoid the Pressure of a Perfect First Draft (Lizzie)

I don’t like the idea of crummy first drafts. I like my work in decent shape at the end of the first draft. Consequently, writing the first draft intimidates me and takes a long time (a lot of wasted time while I stare at the screen too). I’m in the process of writing book 2 in a series and have lots of other books pressing on me, so I’m trying to write fast and be more dedicated to actually writing every day (not just editing and staring at the screen, my stalling techniques). Aside from the discipline of writing six days a week, one thing that has really helped me get past my fear and the stress of the writing not being good enough is to give myself permission to write in layers.

What I mean is that I am basically going through a crummy rough draft phase followed by multiple revisions—but for scenes or chapters instead of the whole book. This prevents me from feeling like I need to redo an entire book; it also lets me develop the characters and plot more slowly, more thoughtfully, and hopefully, better, than rushing through the entire draft would.

Trying to get a near-perfect first draft puts way too much pressure on me as I sit down to right—because this involves not only getting the action right but also the character and setting descriptions, the character motivation and goals, the dialogue, the beats and transitions, and the writing itself. All at once. That’s a lot to do! It’s little wonder I freeze up when I try to do that.

But when I give myself permission to focus on just spitting out the action, with minimal descriptions, skipping dialogue, action beats, or whatever else doesn’t come easily, I get out the bones of a scene I can then go back to and fill in. Or if the dialogue is flowing but I am not sure of the setting details or the beats, I can just write the dialogue and later give thought to the other—let myself picture the scene while doing the dishes and then go back and add that in. I can get out the bones of a scene or chapter one day, then add in another layer the next day, making sure, less-stressful progress. 

Here's more on what writing in layers looks like.

Writing in Layers

**As a note, I am a connect-the-dots writer. I have a general outline in mind, know a bit about the characters, and have certain scenes already fleshed out in my mind that I just need to connect. I learn more about the characters and plot as I write and adjust accordingly.**

1) Visual the scene—who, where, what happens, why

2a) Write down the basics of whatever element is strongest—set a timer and just write, even if it feels more like taking notes than writing a cohesive scene. Taking notes is fine! It’s your foundational layer. It can be just the general action of the scene, the dialogue, or the setting. Or a mix of the three. Just getting the bones on paper counts as your daily writing.

2b) Write notes for any scene that you find playing in your head. It doesn’t have to be the next scene in the book. Any scene counts toward your daily writing goal. I write in Scrivener, so I can easily set up chapters and scenes and just add the notes to whatever document I need to, even if it’s five chapters ahead of where I am in my consecutive writing. It gives me something to work toward—a dot to connect to. I also know I’ll have an easier day when I get to that scene, since part of the work is already done. So writing in layers also allows non-consecutive writing.

3) Consider the scene itself and decide what comes next. Once you have the bones, consider the scene in light of the characters and the rest of the novel. What’s the next logical thing for the characters to do? Jot it down to help you get started for the next scene, for when it’s time to move on. Ask how can I make this scene fun or unexpected? (What would make you excited to write the scene—the humor, the surprise you’re building in, the change in the character relationship?) What challenge to the goal can I throw in, if I don’t already have one? Also, did I learn anything unexpected about the character or something important to the plot?

Start thinking about the next layer to add—dialogue, setting details, etc.—as you walk, do dishes, and so on. Giving your mind time to process things—especially allowing it to sleep on a question—helps. One of my college professors recommended doing most of your studying two to three days ahead of a test, then only reviewing the night before (and getting a good night’s rest), because the mind needs time to process the information. The “sleep on it” advice for making decision also comes into play since every word is a decision

4) Fill in another layer. The next day, go back and add another layer to the scene. Take your “scene considerations” into consideration and fill in at least one aspect—say, setting details. Or maybe refine character thoughts and motivation based on what you learned while writing the scene. You don’t have to fix everything, but add in at least one layer, and then consider your goal met.

5) The next day, add another layer. Fill in missing beats, transitions, descriptions, and brush up the writing a bit, if you want.

6) Move on to your next scene. Don’t spend too long on any one scene. Three days ought to be enough, and resist the urge to make the writing perfect. That should be a separate pass altogether since you will likely discover something later on that require you to change details in the earlier scenes. Editing is also a different mindset from the creative one, so try to stay in the creative mindset for the first draft. A little polishing is okay, but not too much. Polishing and “re-reading to get into the mood” are classic stalling techniques. A little is okay but recognize when you’re doing them for the wrong reasons. If you’re stalling, have a hard talk with yourself and then go write. Writing notes isn’t that hard. You can revise tomorrow! Add in another layer tomorrow!

7) Complete and double-check. When your novel is complete, go back and make sure the overall structure and character arcs are correct (they should be since you’ve been thinking about throughout the process). Go back and fill in any details you may have left for later and do a general polish of it. Let it rest for a few weeks or more, then start the revision process with fresh eyes.

I write fantasy and steampunk with lots of characters and magic and world building rules to consider. Writing in layers helps me figure it all out over time, scene by scene or chapter by chapter, giving me a presentable first draft, rather than forcing me to speed through a crummy first draft I might have to redo large sections of because I messed up character motivation or something else. If you’ve been having trouble making progress because of the pressure of writing a good first draft, I hope this methods helps you. Do you have a favorite method of writing?

Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Reads: A Thieving Curse by Selina R. Gonzalez (Laurie)

About a month ago, we posted a cover reveal for a new Beauty and the Beast retelling by Selina R. Gonzalez called A Thieving Curse. Today, I'm excited to share my review! It's been a gloomy, rainy few weeks here in Minnesota, plus we've had loved ones with health challenges and a few days of feeling yuck following our Covid vaccines. So I've been in serious need of a fun, captivating escape kind of story, and A Thieving Curse provided just that! As evidenced by the fact that I stayed up way past my bedtime several nights in a row to keep reading... :)

Princess Raelyn loves nothing more than getting into mischief with her brother Gareth, but she's been training for years to fulfill an arranged marriage with the heir to a neighboring kingdom. When the time arrives to journey to her new home, the royal traveling party is attacked, causing Raelyn to get separated and hopelessly lost. When a strange dragon-man flies her to safety, she's not sure whether she's being rescued or kidnapped, especially when he refuses to return the princess to her family after learning her identity.

Despite a tumultuous start, Raelyn eventually comes to realize the dragon-man - Alexander - is actually a kind, charming prince suffering the effects of a curse. But getting wrapped up in his plight puts Raelyn an impossible predicament. If she returns and fulfills her betrothal, she'll place herself in the clutches of a cruel, power-hungry king and possibly expose Alexander, threatening his life. But if she stays with Alexander and his band of affectionate, loyal servants, Raelyn's family will think she's dead and her kingdom will face the danger of a broken treaty...not to mention, she might be forced to admit she's developing feelings for a man with a tail, wings, horns, and glowing red eyes.

As you can probably tell, I enjoyed this book SO MUCH!! A Thieving Curse is just the kind of retelling I adore, where the elements from the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale were so creatively incorporated that the story felt new and fresh with unpredictable twists and turns. Princess Raelyn made me frustrated at times, but she had a lot of spunk and courageously handled the many challenges thrown her way. The cast of secondary characters were quirky and memorable - Alexander's friends were such an endearing bunch I totally wanted to go hang out in the mountains with them! And then there was Alexander himself. *happy sigh* I fell so in love with this flirtatious, caring prince who wore his heart on his sleeve and tried to be noble and forgiving despite all that he'd been through.

Gonzalez's writing style was fun and engaging, and I especially appreciated her penchant for witty dialogue :) The fantasy world was light and imaginative, with a bit of magic and plenty of wild creatures roaming the mountains. But my favorite aspect was the characters - their complexity and relatability and the way their relationships were portrayed, including friendships and family in addition to the central romance.

I'd highly recommend A Thieving Curse for fans of romantic fairy tale retellings, and I can't wait to see what's coming next in The Miraveld Chronicles!

Have you read any great fairy tale retellings lately? What elements do you always want to see in a Beauty and the Beast retelling?

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Themes in World Diver by Haylie Hanson (World Diver Book Tour)

We have a special treat for you today! I'm so excited to welcome Haylie Hanson to Lands Uncharted today as part of the World Diver Book Tour! World Diver is a young adult science fantasy releasing on April 20th! I can't wait!! I'll share more about the book and author below, but first Haylie took the time to tell us about the themes in her story. Enjoy!

If you knew your destiny was something greater than yourself, something bigger and scarier than you could possibly imagine, that might involve the ultimate sacrifice with no guarantees your side will come out on top… would you do it anyway?

Would you be the hero of your own story if it mean you had to leave everything you’d ever known forever?

Humans are conditioned to want safety and security, and Callie James, the main character of World Diver, is no exception. As much as I can say I’m a travel-loving, bucket-list-making, extroverted people-person, I like safety, too. I’m not comfortable with the unknown. I’d like to think that if I were confronted with a destiny filled with sentient robots, superpowers, and interdimensional gateways through the multiverse, I’d be totally stoked—ready and willing to take a leap of faith into a brand new adventure. But in reality, I’d be just as terrified as Callie, and probably even more reluctant than she is to believe I’m anything worthy or important.

One of the themes I wanted to explore when writing World Diver was the idea of being stuck in our fears, and what we’d be willing to sacrifice after learning our true purpose. Callie is pretty happy being stuck—she knows she’s not meant to be a slacker forever, but she has no idea what she might be meant to do besides surf with her best friend and avoid the “college talk” with her overbearing dad. Her natural reaction is to stick her head in the sand and hide rather than confront what makes her afraid. When destiny calls, Callie doesn’t immediately leap into action. She hides, and tries to get rid of the problem by throwing away an opportunity because it comes with a potential cost, choosing comfort and complacency over facing her fears.

Granted, murder-phantoms from another realm haunting your bedroom and stalking you across town are enough to make anybody pretty fearful. Who wants to actually face that, right?

And yet, no matter how much Callie tries to hide, she comes to learn (in a really big, superpowers-and-multiverse-piloting way) that fear and avoidance in the face of truth are never the solution. They just make our problems worse. When she’s finally asked to make the choice to do the right thing or hide forever—to choose the life she wants for herself—Callie stands up to her fear and chooses to be brave, even though she desperately doesn’t want to. After all, she might fail: her biggest fear of all. But even still, she takes the leap.

And in the end, it costs her. Boy, does it cost her big. But if she had to do it all over again… there’s no question she’d choose the same path. Every. Single. Time.

I hope in Callie readers can find a kindred spirit. She might start out as a girl who feels like a disappointment and a failure because she’s too afraid to take a risk, a walking self-fulfilling prophesy. But she learns that what makes her unique is nothing to be afraid of. To embrace her gifts—her quirkiness, her wit, and her great big heart, even if it might break. To look destiny in the eye and say “bring it on.” To dive into adventure, with no guarantee of what’s waiting on the other side of tomorrow.

To always seek the Light, even in the Darkest places.

Eeeep, this sounds SO GOOD! Want to know more? Here's the back cover blurb:

College, grades, extracurriculars--who cares? Sixteen-year-old slacker Callie James would rather make robot creations and surf waves with her best friend Will. Then she discovers a mysterious glowing rod under the ocean surface, and her entire world turns upside down.

One, her hands start glowing (weird). Two, she can now control people (awkward). Three, she accidentally brings her robotics project to life. Classes were hard enough without her robot Nemo literally eating her homework.

Only the reclusive Dr. Ormandi knows the truth: Callie is a Luminaut (aka a light wizard) and it’s her destiny to reunite the shattered multiverse by collecting all the Light Cores (aka the glowstick of doom) in all the other worlds. To do this, she must repair the World Diver, the fifty-foot tall robot lurking in Dr. Ormandi’s basement hangar.

As Callie learns about her Luminaut powers, Nate crash lands into her life. He’s hot. Funny. Crazy about her. One problem: he’s technically dead. Oh, and he insists uniting the multiverse will destroy everything.

Pursued by murderous interdimensional phantoms and plagued by insecurities, Callie must protect her family and friends, while figuring out who to trust.

And all before a deadly, looming evil snuffs out her Light for good.

You can pre-order World Diver on Amazon or other e-book retailers, or get an autographed paperback or autographed hardback! And here's more about the author:

Haylie Hanson writes YA fantasy and science fiction about quirky kids with superpowers finding the courage to embrace their destiny. She has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, Stranger Things, and Marvel. Haylie used to teach elementary special education before changing careers, and now crafts brand new worlds in between making snacks for her two tiny spawn. She loves to read any kind of YA fantasy, especially books with characters whose voice can reach out and grab her from page one. When Haylie isn’t writing, she can be found drinking very strong coffee, trying not to kill plants, and dreaming of saltwater hair and summertime beaches.

You can connect with Haylie on Instagram, Facebook, and her website. Thank you so much for joining us today, and congratulations on your upcoming new release!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021

Interview with Hope Bolinger (Sarah Sawyer)

I'm thrilled to welcome Hope Bolinger to Lands Uncharted to share about her upcoming release, Dear Henchman, a superhero chat-fiction romance co-authored with Alyssa Roat. She graciously answered some questions on her writing life, her role as an agent, and her stories. Read on to find out a bit more about Hope and her soon-to-release novel!

Welcome to Lands Uncharted, Hope! Tell us a little bit about your literary background and interests. What drew you to writing?
Sure! Oh boy, ok, let me try to boil this down. I am a literary agent, author, and a content editor at Crosswalk.com. I got into writing in high school when I saw a friend writing books and I decided to give it a go myself. I got bit by the bug, did 10+ internships in the industry, got 1000+ bylines, and the rest is, as you say, history. It was a calling if I ever heard one, and I hit the ground running with it!

I love how you stumbled upon your passion and then pursued it with such focus and dedication! You're a literary agent as well as an author. How has your experience with the business side of the industry shaped you as a writer?

It's really helped me to understand the inner workings of the industry. Why certain books sell and others don't, and what it really takes to get your foot in the door. I've been grateful to work both sides of the desk. That way I can have empathy for my authors, but also push them to get to where they need to go.

What piece of advice helped you most on your writing journey?

There are so many things I could say here, but honestly, trust the process. If someone says no, someone else may say yes. So keep going, and keep investing in your writing. 

Great advice! Dedication to craft and perseverance in the process go a long way. Excellent books have a positive influence as well. I'd love to hear what books have had the greatest impact on your life.

Ahhh so hard. I love books way too much. I'll cheat and say some recent reads that I've enjoyed and that have helped me to see new ways people can write: The Astonishing Color of After, See You in the Cosmos, Finding Perfect, and The Thing about Jellyfish. Seriously, go check them out.

I look forward to exploring your recommendations. On another note, most writers stumble across unusual or interesting facts in the process of researching their novels. Have you learned anything particularly quirky or intriguing in the process of writing your stories?

Oh gosh, well I've been researching the Greek Dark Ages for a project coming out in 2023, so I guess we'll go for a fun fact in regard to that. Back in the Dark Ages of Greece, people would hold games at your funeral. People would literally compete in chariot races and ax throwing competitions. They had lots of fun prizes like swords and mules and all that good stuff. I don't know about you, but I think we need to bring it back.   

The Greek Dark Ages...sounds intriguing! You have explored a rich variety of settings and genres in your writing. What do you hope readers take away from your stories?

Usually two things: laughter and a challenge. I often will write about some sort of social issue in my books. But I also love to make readers laugh. I think it's important to have comedy and tragedy in every work.

That's great! I appreciate books that make me laugh and think. You’ve written Dear Hero and Dear Henchman with a co-author, Alyssa Roat. How do the two of you handle the process of writing together?

We worked really well together! Alyssa is a pantser and I'm a plotter, so our differing styles harmonized well. We created a skeletonic outline and chose characters (since it's chat based) then we hopped on a Google doc and got to work. It was fun because you didn't really know what their character would say. We had a goal we strove to reach, but we had to get there together.  

How fun! What's your favorite thing about your upcoming release, Dear Henchman?

So I wrote a really weird villain, and I hope you all fall in love with him. He feeds his enemies french toast and collects taxidermy bunnies. But overall, my favorite thing has to be how much the book continues to crack me up. We've edited this thing a bajillion times, and I still laugh through every pass-through. 

Weird and quirky villains are great, and I certainly enjoy a touch of humor in my novels, so I look forward to checking out Dear Henchman upon its release. You’ve described it as a superhero chat-fiction romance. In honor of the romance aspect, could you share your favorite literary couple?

Oooh this is hard. So many adorable couples. I'm going to have to go with Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. You cannot help but root for them to get together for the whole book.

That's a great choice--they're one of my favorite couples as well, and I loved watching their family grow as the series continued. Speaking of series, Dear Henchman is book #2 of your superhero chat novels. Will there be a sequel or does this conclude the series?

This concludes the series, but Alyssa and I do have ideas for spinoffs: Dear Gamer, Dear Assassin, Dear Arthur (Arhurian chat fiction), etc. We'll see if it happens! Unfortunately (and fortunately), Alyssa and I have 9 books releasing in the next 3 years, so things are a little crazy over here. But maybe sometime down the road :)

It sounds like both of you will be busy in the best of ways. Thanks for stopping by Lands Uncharted and sharing about your books and your writing process. 

You can learn more about Hope at her website or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Look for Dear Henchman to release in early May, and in the meantime, check out book #1, Dear Hero!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Dialogue Tips (Lydia)

Dialogue, the art of crafting conversations that service the plot, the characters, and the overall story in a way that propels the narrative forward.  For some, dialogue comes naturally.  But for many, myself included, crafting organic sounding dialogue can be quite the challenge.  Today, I wanted to share some of my own tips for writing dialogue.

Avoid Exposition: This is probably the number one needed edit that many writers run into.  Picture this:  as you’re writing along, you notice a piece of exposition that’s weighing down the narrative in the body paragraphs.  So, you move the exposition to the dialogue, because you think that once it’s in quotation marks, it’ll transform the exposition from telling into showing instead.  However, exposition in dialogue is still that:  exposition.  Avoid telling information and information dumping in your dialogue as much as possible.  Instead of having a character list off all the exposition, find ways to truly show it instead. Perhaps through giving a character body language or showing us some of their internal thoughts in the prose, or even having the character bring their own spin on the information they’re sharing.  But avoid placing the expositional information in the dialogue, as it can make a character sound wooden or stiff and create a flatter narrative overall.

Set Vocabulary Rules:  Whether you’re using modern lingo, or if you want to go for a more abstract pool of terms and vocabulary, make sure to establish clear rules and boundaries for your dialogue and keep those rules consistent across the board for all your characters.  If a character breaks the rules by using vocab or dialogue outside of these rules, have other characters address or acknowledge that fact.  You goal is language consistency, because that sets up your world and your story’s culture overall.

Pay Attention to Intel:  Keep close track of which characters know what information, when they learned it, how they learned it, and who else knows that this character knows this info.  Keeping track of key plot points and story developments from the perspectives of the characters will help you immensely both with your dialogue, and with avoiding plot holes.

Incorporate Agency:  Give your characters a sense of free will as they communicate to one another.  Ask yourself, would a character give this information away?  Why or why not?  How would they react?  And what would drive them to up the drama and tension within this conversation even more?

Maintain Character Awareness:  If someone says something out of character or out of left field, have another character address that.  If a character acts like a hypocrite, have another character call them out on it.  Create a sense of push and pull, with character’s awareness of each another being at the center of it all.

Distinguish Dialogue:  Write your dialogue in such a way that you can clearly tell who is saying what without dialogue tags.  You can do this through focusing on speech patterns, choosing distinctive reactions for each character, and creating a solid character profile that makes each character’s dialogue unique.

Don’t Avoid Tags: I know, this sounds like the opposite of the previous point, but it’s very important to not avoid using dialogue tags.  For a reader, even the most well-written dialogue can become incredibly confusing if there isn’t enough direction as to who is saying what.  Using just a few extra “He said” or “She asked” can help to direct your dialogue and to keep the pacing flowing forward.

Read Out Loud:  The best test for natural, organic dialogue is to read it out loud.  Whether you read it like a play, or read it with a friend, speaking each part aloud can help you to identify if a section of dialogue sounds right and natural.

These are just some tips I use as reference as I edit and work on dialogue.  What about for you?  What are some tips you like incorporating as you craft your own dialogue?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Interview with Angela R. Watts

We're so excited to welcome Angela R. Watts to Lands Uncharted today! Her YA fantasy, Golgotha, comes out this Saturday, April 10th! I'll share more about her new release below, but first, Angela took the time to answer some questions for us. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Angela, the bestselling author of The Infidel Books (endorsed by NYT and USA Today bestseller Lt Col Rip Rawlings and The Real Book Spy). I enjoy spending time with my family, raising pets, and sniffing books.

Ah, nothing beats the smell of books :) What prompted you to start writing? Are you one of those authors who knew you were meant to write since childhood, or did it come as a discovery later in life?

I started telling stories when I was super young. At six, I narrated a story with my mom writing it out, and then illustrated it. That was my first real book (guys, it had a climax and everything… ha!) and I never looked back as God led me to write story after story. The glory goes to the Lord, none of this would have been possible without Him!

How cool that you got started at such a young age! Which fictional character (book or movie) do you most relate to, and why?

The funny answer would be the hermit romance novelist from Romancing The Stone, but if I’m being real, I’ve related immensely to Mitch Rapp, the assassin from the Rapp series. No, I’m not an assassin, and I’ve not faced what he has. But I often find myself feeling alone, and like I’m the only one willing to face the darkness for a fight. The Rapp novels have inspired me in my personal and writing journey.

I love that inspiration can be found in surprising places! We’re all about exploring new worlds here at Lands Uncharted—if you could choose one place to visit, real or fictional, where would you go?

I want to travel the world, as typical as it sounds. I’d much prefer traveling our world than any fictional place, simply because all fiction is inspired by something, and God created such a vast world… A world I’ve barely had the honor of exploring! I think I would like to visit Scotland, no particular town or shore.

Ooh, great choice! What advice would you share with an aspiring author?

Write without looking around or looking back. Comparison will likely do nothing more than slow you down. And it is better to cringe at old writing than never have finished a project at all.

Absolutely! What a great perspective. Your YA fantasy, Golgotha, releases on April 10th! Congratulations!! What inspired you to write it?

Thank you so much!

Growing up, I read a lot of fantasy, but never finished a fantasy novel. As I dove into the world of Biblical research and supernatural warfare, I looked at an old story idea I had tossed aside… The rest is history.

I'm so glad it finally worked out! Did any of the events in the book surprise you as you were writing?

Yes. Most of them, in fact!

I wrote Golgotha about three times before I was happy with the outcome, and from there, it continued to grow and change. This is a novel that was truly led by God. I would have moments where I didn’t know what I had written or where a plot point was going until God opened my eyes and I went, “Ooooh!”

So much of this novel is constant surprises and lessons God taught me as I wrote them. I am not a punster and do follow rough outlines, so it is always incredible to see God carve and mold my novels.

It's truly amazing to be able to use your creativity alongside the Creator. Can you give us any insights into your next project?

My next confirmed publications are The Mercenary’s Deception, The Infidel Books 3 (July 2021) and Finding God in Anime: A Devotional for Otakus (spring 2021). I might also have a thing or two in store, but you’ll have to follow me for the extra surprises!

My current work-in-progress is the second installment of the Remnant Trilogy! If you enjoy Golgotha, no worries… there is more to come!

Good to hear! We'll stay tuned :) In the meantime, here's the back cover blurb for Golgotha:

Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.

Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.

Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.

Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.

Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.

Doesn't it sound fantastic? You can pre-order Golgotha HERE. And make sure to check out Angela's website to find out more about her and her other books! Thanks so much for visiting today, Angela, and congratulations on your upcoming release!