If I had to describe my writing journey in one word, it would probably be this: whirlwind. Because it truly has been a crazy, wild, and sometimes chaotic adventure.
As a new college grad armed with a major in creative writing, I never dreamed I’d attend my five-year reunion as a bestselling author working from home full-time. The dream was just that—a far off aspiration, a wish I one day hoped to achieve. And I never thought that day would come so soon.
My first job out of school was working as a writer for the Huffington Post, but I quickly realized that spending my days crafting nonfiction left me too burned out to pursue my passion. Which led me to my second job, an absolutely amazing position in the marketing division of one of the major New York publishing houses. I was working with books all day, discussing books all day, and using my creativity on campaigns. And by night, I was writing.
Within the first year of my post-college life, I’d finished the first manuscript I’d truly been proud of (because, let’s face it, there are a ton of things I wrote in high school and college that will, rightly so, never see the light of day!). But I had no idea what to do with it. Because, well, it was about vampires. And it was young adult. And it was a few years after the Twilight craze. With my job working inside the industry, I knew that no agent and no publisher wanted anything to do with young adult paranormal romance. The trend had died. Dystopian was the new “it” thing. My book, the one I’d slaved over, that I loved, that I was so proud of, would never see the light of day.
And then something amazing happened. It was 2011 and I read an article about a girl named Amanda Hocking who’d self-published a, you guessed it, young adult paranormal romance. And even more incredible, her books were selling like crazy.
So even though it wasn’t what I’d always imagined (and was, in fact, a path many industry insiders scoffed at), I knew right then and there that it was the path I was going to pursue. Because I had no other choice. It was either leave my book to gather dust in the sludge pile of a agent’s office never to be seen again, or self-publish, get my book into the hands of readers, and see what happens.
My manuscript soon became my first published novel, Ignite (Midnight Fire Book 1), and within two months I’d sold a thousand copies. So I published a second book in the series, and a third, and a fourth. Two years after Ignite went on sale, I was making three times as much money self-publishing than I was working at my day job, so I quit and decided to do what I loved full-time.
And, I’ve never looked back.
Since going full-time, I’ve published two more young adult series—a completed epic fantasy trilogy called A Dance of Dragons and a still-in-progress series of dystopian fairy tale retellings called Once Upon A Curse. I’ve also launched a penname for contemporary romances novels, Kay Marie, and have one complete series—Confessions.
I’ll be honest, there have been ups and downs. As anyone who began self-publishing in 2011 will tell you, the industry has changed a lot in five years. Discoverability is much more difficult. Marketing is much more involved. Competition is fierce. And there’s a little less to go around. But you know what? I get to sit in my pajamas all day, drink coffee, pet my dog, and write whatever the heck I want to. So things are still looking pretty darn great to me!
And having taken the past couple of years to try out new genres, I’m so very excited to be going back to my paranormal roots with the launch of my newest series, Midnight Ice, a companion to my first series Midnight Fire. With the release of Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1), my writing journey has in many ways come full-circle. I’m returning to my original characters and my original passion, but with the new depth and maturity that experience provides. And hopefully all of my fans sense that too.
What will the future bring? Who knows! I have an entire journal full of ideas I one day hope to pursue, so I’ll do what I’ve always done—I’ll let the characters in my head and the stories in my heart guide me.
Frost (Midnight Ice Book One)
by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 26th 2017
Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…
Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run—just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.
A brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling series with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.
*Please note, you do not need to read the books of Midnight Fire to enjoy Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1). They are two standalone series with character crossover.
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About the Author
Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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