I guess, with all this time on my hands, I thought I would do something new, and by new, I mean something that took me a few days to figure out. I'm a little slow when it comes to technology and social media. I took it upon myself to record the first chapter of my novel, Shoes on the Stairs, and upload it to my new YouTube channel under Jan Steele Author. Feel free to listen and share the first chapter. Just a disclaimer - there are a few "choice" words in it that you might not want your little ones to hear. If you enjoy it, please comment so I know to continue! Also, if you can't wait to hear what happens next, please consider getting the book or the ebook! You can find the YouTube link under MORE at the top bar and then scroll down to videos. Enjoy and stay safe!
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WRITE ON THE EDGE
It's hard to believe Shoes on the Stairs has been out for over six months! I have to admit, I think I am just now starting to breathe again. The most difficult task of a writer (at least this writer) is letting go of their debut novel for all the world to see. Reviews can be harsh, even downright cruel and crushing, so I waited, expecting the worst but hoping for the best. Well, I can safely say, Shoes on the Stairs has been well received and loved, allowing me to move forward in my writing journey.
In the fall of 2018, I started an MFA program in Creative Writing at UCR Palm Desert. I have to say, it's the first time I've enjoyed school and the first time I will be sad when it comes to an end this December. Within the program, I have gained a great deal of confidence in my writing. While I sometimes question if I am worthy to study among such a talented group of writers, I know the challenge to feel worthy ignites my passion to put out my very best work.
So what am I writing now? I love women's fiction, but I also love a good thriller, so the novel I am working on now is a thriller with a woman protagonist. It has taken a few turns since I started writing it, so to tell you what it's about right now might be a little premature. But think of Indecent Proposal meets Sleeping with the Enemy meets Fatal Attraction--does that make sense? My goal is to have the first draft done by June and ready to pitch by September.
I'm also considering writing a middle-grade series that deals with learning, emotional, or physical challenges that are relevant to kids today. It's hard to be a kid these days, especially if they struggle with some type of challenge that makes them feel they don't belong. But, each child is born with a superpower, and when they realize what it is, it can be the one thing that saves the day.
If you'd like updates on my novel in progress, subscribe to my website and I'll keep you in the loop. I can guarantee, my thriller, currently titled WHEN MONSTERS PLAY WITH FIRE, will not disappoint! It will keep you turning the pages, it will punch you in the stomach (more than once), and it will certainly leave you with a book hangover.
If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to contact me by email or leave a comment on this page. I love hearing from those who love books (especially mine!).