Soul Echo is an idea that I first thought up way back in 2007 after catching an article about overpopulation in a newspaper. This was also the year that I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I used this idea for it and tried and failed epically because I tried to do it alone. The next year I tried again with a friend and I won for the first time! I now had 50,000 words of Soul Echo to play around with and work on.
What started out as just an idea became a fully fledged obsession and a multi-part series. I spent the next few years plotting and writing, and re-writing it. I wrote it again for NaNoWriMo 2009 and won that year too, and for the first time one of the prizes was a free proof copy of my novel! Hell yeah!
My next project became getting Soul Echo ready for my free proof, which I got through Createspace. So I had to design a cover (I used their default one) and format it. When my book arrived a few weeks later I felt like I’d really achieved something… and promptly started to work on other things, ignoring Soul Echo for the next 7 years.
Now I’m working on it again, spurred on by the encouragement of my best friend who read it and absolutely loved it. I feel like I’m ready now. Mature enough to try and self publish this book (and work on it’s sequel[s]) in a way that 18 year old me wasn’t able to.
So here we go. Hold onto your butts.