My writing journey has been somewhat atypical and I came to it later in life than many. I’ve always loved to read. When I was young, I might imagine a story had a different ending or plot twist. Eventually, I started creating my own stories, but always thought the idea of publishing a book was just a dream. In college, English was not even my major; Economics was. After graduating, I worked for 10+ years in the pharmaceutical industry before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom.
Writing soon became an escape from the daily grind of child rearing. Over time, the idea for Not Every Girl developed. I had always been a big fan of “knights and castle” books or movies. There is nothing quite like a classic adventure story. The thought of taking this idea and inserting a strong female heroine and what her experience would be in a world full of men was really my jumping off point. Olivia proving her capabilities as a fighter while trying to negotiate the overwhelming emotions of falling in love was an interesting juxtaposition to me. Of course, both character and plot evolved in different ways as I wrote, and not always in the manner I expected. But, the end result was more or less what I originally imagined.
Once I had a semblance of a novel written, it was time to submit it to publishers. This turned out to be an area where I had a lot to learn. If I could do one thing differently, it would have been to inform myself about the industry much sooner, so that when my work was ready, I was already knowledgeable about how the business side of writing worked. After a long year filled with numerous setbacks and rejections, my publisher, Clean Reads, accepted the manuscript for Not Every Girl, which came out in May 2015. The sequel, Unexpected Rewards, released earlier this year. At the moment, I am in the process of writing the third and final installment in the trilogy. I look forward to journeying with the characters to the end of the story.
About Unexpected Rewards
Unexpected Rewards (Not Every Girl #2)
by Jane McGarry
Publisher: Clean Reads
Publication Date: August 11th 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Olivia Davenport is looking forward to her future. After all, Prince Liam has professed his love and King William has promised her a reward for her role on a recent mission. She fully expects to continue her knightly training while enjoying a blossoming romance with her Prince. The King, however, has other ideas, appointing her as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Helen.
Thrust into unfamiliar territory and left to fend against the malicious women of court, Olivia feels awkward and confused. With the help of her new friend, Kat, and her sister, Anne, she tries to find her footing among the courtiers, their protocol, and the added complication of Jocelyn Crawford, a lady who has her eyes set on becoming Liam’s bride.
When, a disturbing prophecy puts the safety of the King in question, fear spreads through kingdom. Intrigue abounds at the palace with an enigmatic witch and a strict Friar at the center of the controversy. Olivia must use her training and instincts to unravel what is truly going on in order to protect the King. Through it all, she questions if she will ever be able to fit into Liam’s life and if, in the end, their love can prevail.
Amazon link: https://amzn.com/B01K6Q4L9S
Barnes & Noble buy link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unexpected-rewards-jane-mcgarry/1124391407?ean=2940156746514
Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/657657