by Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release date: December 4th 2018
I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
About the Author
Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You’ll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.
Journey to Publication
My journey to publication has been long and full of bumps and highs and lows, and it was actually a good thing it took so long to get to this point because otherwise I might never had ended up writing what I was truly passionate about.
I loved storytelling when I was a kid. I loved creating. So, really, it was only a matter of time before I wrote my first book. I was twelve when I started it. Fifteen when I finished. And I thought, if I can do it once, I can do it again. Two books later, I’m nineteen and pretty sure being an author is for me. So I sent out queries to agents, thinking it was as easy as that. Write a good story, get an agent, a publisher loves you, and you’re on your way to a bestseller. But that’s not how it happened. I hadn’t learned much about the craft or gotten any feedback or critiques on my stories and that is so, so important. So I started writing adult fiction. I wrote several novels. Some for fun and learning, and some to try to publish. I took classes and attended conferences and found critique partners and entered contests (even won a few) and had an agent interested. But she ended up have to take a leave of absence and stop taking on new clients and…it hurt. For about a day. Because I was reading some amazing YA stories and already thinking that I wasn’t writing what I was truly passionate about. So the next day I went to the library and checked out a gazillion YA books and fell in love. And I wrote my first YA story. It was like starting all over again. I had to learn the “rules” for YA and get to know a whole new market. I joined Twitter and found YA people, and then found some critique partners, too. For a bit, I just wrote for fun, because let me tell you, writing YA is FUN! But since I knew I wanted to be a published author, I started querying. I had interest, I learned a lot, and I wrote more books. Lather, rinse, repeat. I pitched my fourth book, a dystopian retelling in a Twitter pitch contest, where an I got interest from an editor. His interest for that book stretched to another book (my debut YA novel, Paper Girl) and I also got offered representation from an agent I had been querying with another book just after that. It all happened fast. At least that part of it. The before part was years. Like…fifteen years of overall querying, but several years of being super serious about it.
BUT, if I hadn’t had some of those low points, I never would have started writing for me, for my passion, so I’m very glad my journey was long and slow. It’s taught me a lot about what I want for my career and how important it is to write what you love.