Looking back on City of Legends one year later.


Last year on this date, my teen superhero series was published by Alloy Entertainment. It was very exciting because after a few years of being an indie author, this was my first traditionally published book. (And it wasn’t just one, it was a whole series!)

The best part of the day was when Alloy’s official Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars accounts tweeted about my book. I was completely star struck because I love both of those shows.

I still remember how it all started. I had just officially quit my day job in pursuit of writing full time. I was hanging out on the computer after having hit that day’s word goal, and I got an email from who would become my editor at Alloy. They’d read the first book in my self published series, (then it was called Powered) and were interested in publishing me.

I was completely beside myself. She also included some info on who Alloy Entertainment was, and what kinds of books they’d published. The thing is, I already knew all of that. I knew exactly who they were. I’d had Alloy’s “submit your manuscript to us” website bookmarked for about two years by that point. I never actually submitted to them because I feared rejection and disappointment. But i can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve looked at that website over the years, wanting to submit something.

And now they were contacting me. In my first phone call with my editor, I remember telling her about how I’d always wanted to submit to them but was too scared. She said you should always submit. You never know what might happen! Since then, I’ve taken her advice to heart, and it’s what got me my agent and my second traditional book deal last year.

I am so grateful to Alloy for the opportunity they gave me and my books. I learned so much about writing and crafting a story while working with my team at Alloy, and it’s helped my writing tremendously. I know how how to write a beat sheet, and I pay attention to all the areas in writing that I had neglected before. I am a stronger writer because of Alloy and I will always be grateful that my books were chosen to be published by such an awesome company.

Today is the one year birthday of City of Legends. If you haven’t read it yet, Amazon has the whole series as a monthly deal at 55% off. (Find it here)


Behind the Scenes of King City

I was digging through old notebooks this morning (IE- procrastinating real work) and I came across this old sketch of the canyon underground in my book City of Legends. In this book, the world has a race of superhero people, and most of them live underground. Central is the main headquarters, and it’s situated below the surface of the Grand Canyon. Also, in this world, the surface of the Grand Canyon on both sides of the massive canyon, isn’t just beautiful nature like it is now. It’s a massive, sprawling city called King City that has many portals above ground that lower the Supers down into Central. Underground, there’s a long glass wall that overlooks into the canyon, which in my head, is an awesome view.

And although I worked in engineering for 9 years and sketching up intricate parts and machinery on CAD was in my job description, you can see here that I am not an artist. I remember sketching this out, trying to imagine how Maci would get from her house to Pepper’s studio.  It was all done in a hurry, but I referenced it a lot over the course of writing all three books.

You’ll note, this is not to scale. Maci’s house isn’t that huge; it’s actually a modest size in comparison to other homes in Central. I really liked the idea that these people don’t live in absolute luxury like the leaders of our country do today. Maci’s dad is the president of the supers, and he lives in a normal house without a single servant. I feel like having superpowers IS their luxury. Everything else is pretty normal for them.

My favorite part of this sketch is the upper right hand corner  LONG FALL TO YOUR DEATH. heh, heh, heh.