Fire in my Soul

I recently came across some advice to novelists suggesting that writing when you’re angry produces the best results. So, thank you Donald Trump. I’m angry and inspired.

I wrote my first novel, Secret Visions, in response to the ISIS beheadings. The theme of that story is peace through telepathy. The second book in the series centers on energy healing, but I’ve been struggling to define the conflict. Enter Donald Trump.

One of the main series characters is an heroic 16-year-old boy named Emir, an American Muslim with a family lineage of Sufism, the mystical side of Islam. Unfortunately,  he experiences a dreadful incident while practicing energy healing. Thanks to Trump stirring up hate and paranoia, a Muslim backlash threatens him, his family and everyone he loves.

I think my struggle is over, but all my future novels are going to have a political spin until this country regains it’s sanity, and I find another cause to light my fires.

Watch for upcoming novels in the Annie McDoogan series. It’s categorized as a Young Adult series because the main characters are teens, but these are stories that are suitable for everyone from 13 – 130.

 

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When One Bully Stick Just Isn’t Enough

This is Lady, who is introduced in the first chapter of the second novel in the Annie McDoogan series. She’ll be Ming’s pet and they’ll wear color coordinated outfits. Working hard to finish my second novel.

Oh, Happy Day

It has been a while since I posted anything, but today is a breakthrough day that I felt like sharing (and yelling from a mountaintop.) I have an ending for my book! Hooray! The second novel in the Annie McDoogan series might just get published this year. It’s a great day!

 

 

Benefit of Distractions

Having a new puppy is great but full of distractions that keep me from writing. It turns out thats a good thing. It gives my characters time to let me know what they want. In particular, my primary antagonist from book 1, Secret Visions, is demanding the right to return. I thought I was done with Father Sullivan, but it looks like he’ll be back causing trouble in book 2. Stay tuned.

 

KOBO Publishing

I have tweeted a couple of times about KOBO, an international eBook self-publishing platform. I finally decided to try it and just submitted my novel, Secret Visions, for review. It should be live tomorrow. I will let my readers know if it generates any sales. My characters are Catholic, Buddhist and Muslim teens who come together to try and bring peace through telepathy, and I hope I can reach  a global community of readers with the message. Stay tuned for updates.

My Proudest Moment

Secret Visions front kindle cover

Below is a review of my  YA paranormal novel, Secret Visions. The reviewer understood perfectly what I was trying to accomplish with this story.

“This is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Pat O’Connor is a talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next.   The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very deep, spiritual, almost philosophical quality, especially for a YA book, which I found to be refreshing. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future as the series continues (this is just book 1). She has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a great positive message. Recommend for ages 13 and up (even adults!) (5 stars)” Indie Book Reviewers

Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest

I know that I said that I had finished entering writing contests, but I came across one yesterday that I couldn’t resist. The Readers’ Favorite contest has a lot of genres and relatively low entry fees. In addition, the organization agrees to sell the winners and finalists books in their booth at the Miami International Book Fair in November and there is an awards ceremony in Miami. Since I live near Miami and I’ve been meaning to go to the book fair, this seems like a good  contest for me to enter. Early Bird deadline – April 1 ($89), Regular Deadline – May 1 ($99), Final Deadline – June 1 ($109).

I entered Secret Visions in the Young Adult – Paranormal genre. I hope to see you at the awards ceremony.