The initial plan was to write a short post: Happy New Year, see you all on the "other side" - that kind of stuff.
Then this happened:
Our top Sci Fi novel for 2014, however, is Andrei Cherascu’s‘Mindguard’. With plotting reminiscent of Greg Bear and characters whose motivations are all in question, this book about an illegal mission to transport an information package contained in the mind of a young woman is both unique and satisfying.
I could not have asked for a better way to end 2014. It's truly one of the proudest moments of my life and I am incredibly grateful every day that I get to do what I passionately love and that I get to share my stories with readers everywhere.
When I look back at this same date last year I remember being really disheartened. I had set December 21st as a deadline for the first draft of Mindguard and hadn't been able to meet it. On top of that I was "stuck" in the "architecture" of a certain scene and just couldn't figure out a solution.
In one year, Mindguard went from unfinished first draft with a great chance of never being completed to self-published e-book and then to "the very best of independent Science Fiction". I went from stay-home writer to published author. This was always my dream and I feel like I am getting the chance to live it every second of every day. It's a scary and wonderful feeling.
The truth is that these last few months have been tough on both a psychological and professional level; a parade of ups-and-downs. I was burnt out and depressed and just looking forward to finally putting this year behind me. Now I'm about to start 2015 with renewed energy and confidence. In a business where you can't help but second-guess your every move, energy and confidence are as vital as air or books.
I'd like to thank Mark Stockton and the entire SciFi365.net team for taking the time to read Mindguard and for sharing their opinion of it with the world.
I hope everyone reading this will take the time to read the whole post. All the books are incredible and I'm honored to be mentioned alongside them.
That being said: Happy New Year everyone! I'll see you all on the "other side"!
I have a NY surprise waiting for my readers :D