Be Careful What You Write…Or Maybe Not

In 2010, I decided to write my first novel, and two years later, I decided to split it in two before publishing it. Piazza Navonapart I and Nob Hillpart II because it made more sense to me. Within the pages of the novels, I’ve written many things, most of which I imagined or made up naturally to tell the story about Elise.

Five years later, I have to tell you, most everything I’ve written has come true in one form or another, scaring the daylights out of me.

Recently, I’ve started researching for book 4, since book 3 is in edit mode right now. While I brain storm with friends and family about the plot or story, a few of my friends hesitate to feed into my notions for fear of any number of them coming true at some point in our lives.

I don’t know what to say to that…except has anyone else experienced such a thing? And if so, would you be kind enough to share them with me?

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A photo of Nob Hill Taken from the Fairmont Hotel by me July 2015

Advice For the Struggling Writer

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Thirty-nine things to remember while struggling to build your writing career  was an article sent to me via Pinterest by someone very special. I appreciate the fact that she was thinking about me. I guess she was listening more than I thought she was each time I expressed my feelings to her about the whole writing thing. Anyway, all good advice and most of them, I learned to follow over the year. I write because I love to express myself. I write because I have stories to tell. This past year has been an enlightening experience, mostly since I took the leap to put out my first two-part novel. I learned from all sorts of mistakes I made, and at times I felt very insecure and ready to give up.

It was my mother who insisted that I push forward, and continue to write because she could tell how alive I became in doing so. Besides, she said she loves my stories and plots I share with her over tea. So here I am still tapping away at my keyboard every chance I get, doing what I love best-writing.

So there, that’s my story, and the advice I want to share with you all.

35 Writers Who Run The Literary Internet I’d Like To Invite To A Dinner Party

Naturally I read articles involving and revolving around the literary world, immersing myself in everything writing related. So, it was the norm when I saw this article and scrolled through the list of 35 individuals who run the literary Internet just to get to know them. And then I thought. Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could have a dinner party with all of them gathered in my dining room, discussing all things literature and my novels of course. 🙂

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Challenges of an Indie Author

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I have to say a year ago, I thought writing a book would be the most difficult thing to do. Well, I was wrong. Marketing and advertising has topped the list of everything difficult an author is faced with in regards to making her/his book noticed and read.

Of course the internet is saturated with information on how to market and advertise (which is not the same thing by the way) and although it all sounds easy, it can be challenging and a little discouraging. However, I’m not giving up. I will do everything in my power to market and advertise my book, including a roundtable with reading groups and more.

I love my book and wholeheartedly believe you will too, just give it a chance. Keep one thing in mind, the second edition of Piazza Navona is in the works and should be out mid December – addressing the misspelled words undetected by various computerized editing programs, and the formatting errors also undetected by the publishing company on more than one occasion.

So, bottom line is – buy the book if you don’t mind the minor spelling errors and incorrect indents. Wait for the second edition, if you do. Meanwhile, I will organize book signings and put out a calendar of events (very shortly) and welcome anyone who wants to invite me to make a public appearance to discuss the book, or how I came about to writing a novel and what are the obstacles in committing to write a novel.

As always, I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.
MLKilian