Once upon a time, I worked as an Editorial Assistant at a textbook company. I’d always been a reader and writer and wanted to work in publishing. But somehow, I ended up working on car books instead of dragon books?
I still learned a TON about the business side of publishing, and I loved my team and our authors. After a few years, I started developmental editing projects of my own (Automotive electricity and electronics! Nice!) but started having second thoughts about my career. I missed fiction and was still writing in my free time. I was also taking lots of classes after work (cake decorating, etc.) and signed up for an online writing class. I realized I actually had writing skills but was going to need a lot more help to get to the level where I wanted to be as a writer.
After applying, I got accepted to <a href=”https://www.setonhill.edu/academics/graduate-programs/writing-popular-fiction-mfa/”>Seton Hill’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program</a> and moved to campus as a graduate assistant—I think I’m still the only “resident” student the program ever had! One of my mentors was the amazing <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2895111.Nicole_Peeler “>Nicole Peeler</a>, who’s now the program director : )
I started the program as a traditional YA fantasy writer—a la Tamora Pierce and Diana Wynne Jones—but then Samhain Publishing put out a call for superhero romance novellas and I dipped my toes into romance. After selling Temptress (the first book in my temporarily out of print Manhattan Ten Series, which I hope to republish soon!), I never looked back.
When I graduated, I got a job in Taiwan and I’ve more or less been a nomad since then, bopping around Asia as a writer and freelance editor. In 2012, <a href=”http://inkmonster.net/authors/aerin”>Aileen Erin</a> decided to start <a href=” http://inkmonster.net/”>Ink Monster</a> and she brought me along for the ride. I started co-writing the Shadow Ravens series and after a lot of years and changes in plans, Quanta Rewind is the last book in my trilogy.
I’m happy I’ve had the chance to tell Quanta’s story, but I’m super excited to delve into a new world. My new urban fantasy about a <a href=” http://inkmonster.net/books/spellwork-syndicate/deadly-sweet”>baking witch</a>will be out in time for Halloween!
Thanks for reading about the start of my writing journey—hope you’ll come along for the rest of it : )
Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4)
by Lola Dodge
Publisher: Ink Monster Publishing
Publication Date: April 25th 2017
Genre: Dystopian Romance
With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.
But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.
If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.
And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.
About the Author
Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.