Keep writing. It seems simplistic, but the advice is solid and has put me where I am today. I view creativity as a muscle. You need to use it. The process can seem slow in the beginning, making it difficult to find your voice. But discovery only comes through practice, a lot of it. Writing is all about the voice: the way you tell a story, build characters, and transport a reader. It can be a gift for some, but like any talent, it has to develop, and that takes a lot of hard work. Do not expect everything you write to be golden. Many seasoned writers will tell you there are days when everything flows, and days you’d like to set your computer on fire. But never delete anything you write. Save it all. You never know. There could be one sentence tucked away in something that could one day spur you on to your first novel. And old stories or journals can be a treasure trove for highlighting your evolution as a writer. If you don’t think you’re getting anywhere, go back and read your first efforts. It will prove eye-opening. The difference from my first novel, To My Senses, to my latest, Damned, shows me how each book I write changes the way I write. Every editor, every reviewer, every beta reader, and every proof reader will help develop your style. You will learn from the mistakes reviewers criticize you for, and what editors teach you about grammar and flow. Your journey as a writer is always evolving. It’s another reason why you must keep writing. You can’t change unless you move forward. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your writing, try to set aside a piece of your day to jot down your ideas. Most writers I know, spend their evenings after the families have gone to bed, tucked behind their computer. It isn’t easy to push on into the wee hours of the morning, but anything worthwhile requires sacrifice. And if writing is your passion, then you will happily give up your time to pursue it. Expect highs and lows along the way, but if you stick to this one rule, you will succeed.


About Damned

by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural


Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.


About the Author
Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ~Winner of the gold medal from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)


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