Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sporadically posting a detailed explanation of what inspired me to write each of my books. Of course I could go in order and start with Slammed, but what fun would that be? I want to start with Losing Hope.
But first, a little backstory on Hopeless.
Hopeless was by far my best selling book. I don’t know if it had to do with the price point, the storyline or Dean Freakin’ Holder, but whatever made it Amazon’s best-selling indie book of 2013 is beyond me. All I know is that I’m very grateful. When I finished writing Hopeless, I received a ton of emails from people wanting inside Holder’s head. As an author, I want to write what I’m inspired to write. Not what my readers want me to write. I feel like the books will ultimately be better if my heart is fully into what I’m writing.
At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to write HOPELESS from Holder’s point of view. However, I knew I wasn’t ready to continue the story with a full-on sequel yet, and since the readers enjoyed Hopeless, I thought it would be fun to dive into Holder’s head during the moments he first met Sky, first kissed her, etc.
So began Losing Hope. You can read all about my feelings on writing this book HERE.
What you won’t find in that blog post is what I’m about to tell you. Something authors probably shouldn’t discuss publicly. We’re going to talk about SALES.
The sales for Hopeless hit the million mark sometime last year. Losing Hope hasn’t even seen a tenth of those sales. Granted, I’m sure that’s because it’s an alternative POV book, and lots of people don’t like those. A lot of readers assume the book is exactly the same, but I did everything I could to make Losing Hope as different from Hopeless as possible. I find it interesting that so few people have picked up the book and given it a shot like they did Hopeless. And again, most readers say they haven’t been able to read it due to the price point, but I can’t control pricing, unfortunately. However, if it’s not the price that’s holding you back from reading it, you can grab the free sample on Amazon and give it a shot.
Losing Hope is probably my favorite out of all eight of my books. (It’s also my least favorite, but I say that about all of them.) I have a special place in my heart for Holder, and being inside his head during this book was an experience. You can download a free sample here: LOSING HOPE- http://amzn.to/1qcJaqU
I’m going to choose one winner from the comments left below to win a paperback copy of Losing Hope.
What book do you want to know the backstory of next?