The greatest blocks to success for an artist are, strangely and apparently contradictorily, lack of self-confidence and overblown ego. The first stops us from showing our work to others, and the second discounts their impressions when we do. You have to find the middle place with ego, to listen effectively to feedback, no matter how critical, then evaluate it based on what you truly know about your own work.
All right, enough of the philosophy. What I'm really here for today is to bring you into my favorite world, or at least to get you to bring it temporarily into yours.
I started writing "The Last Rite" after a particularly vivid dream when I was 13, the same age as the novel's heroine, Maggie Stuart. Maggie is Everygirl, only maybe a little more so. She's having a hell of a time at elementary school: crushing on an unapproachable classmate, dealing badly with her single mom and homelife, and trying hard to deny she'd ever want to fit in.
Enter Mr. Hunt, Maggie's science teacher, who uses the cover of a lesson on blood typing to run some tests of his own. What he discovers about Maggie launches her into a world she could never have dreamed of, an underground of magic, blood, death, deceit, and self-discovery where it may be her own deep insecurity that provide her only way home.
"I have been waiting for this book to come out for like 4 or 5 years.. i need more!!!"
"The characters kept me up all night until I was done!"
"When will there be MORE??!?!?!Still one of the best books i have EVER read!"
"Awesome story, so complex and intricate. I love it!"
--Some of the feedback from Maggie Fans