Comments from the author about writing: The idea for my first book came to me in July of 2013. I spent a year working on Bound by Duty, and published it in July 2014. My second book, Bound by Spells, will release in March 2015. I write between graduate school classes and working full time in Des Moines, so my books tend to take about nine months to complete.
I have always been a self-professed word-nerd, but had no idea that I wanted to write a book until the idea appeared. Since that day, everything about me has changed. I have embraced the marketing background I built professionally to build my brand as an author, I enjoy interacting with my fans via social media and at in-person events and I am always looking opportunities to speak about writing, literacy, fantasy or (for authors) marketing a self-published book.
Beyond simply loving words, there is nothing I'd rather do than advocate for literacy. The act of writing a book is fun to discuss, but I want to give kids a reason to be passionate about words and what reading can do for them as a person, a student, a dreamer and eventually, an adult.
I've had the pleasure of coming into a few local schools in Des Moines and talking to the kids about literacy and being an author. I like to take it a step further though, and also focus on major life themes like taking risks, receiving critical feedback, being an authentic person, networking and what you might have to give up to make your dreams come true. If you are a teacher or a librarian, and you want me to visit your students, please email me.
Literary Awards: Best Paranormal Romance - Indie Authors and Books Blog, 2014 Winter Awards
Book Types: Fiction
Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult
Genre: Romance Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Currently, as long as no fee is being charged for the event in question, then I will not charge a fee to speak.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author's Web site: http://www.stormysmith.com
Books By This Author
- Bound by Spells. Self-published by Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC, Des Moines, Ia. 3/2015.
- Bound by Duty. Self-published by Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC, Des Moines, Ia. 7/2014.