2017: A year of writing and reading.

Hi, lovelies!

hello

Literally, from the other side of the ocean. 🤣 I asked you on Twitter if you wanted a 2017 post about #amwriting tips or #amreading beauties, and your answer was a big BOTH, so here we go.

2017 has been a long year full of ups and downs, full of successes and learning. Note the word choice: Learning. Not failures. That’s a bad word, like those “filler words” I’ll talk about later. 😉 Many of you have had the goal to get an agent this year. Including yours only. Many of you will not set this goal as Accomplished. Including myself–again. But you know what? Most of you wrote a book!!!!! All of you persevered and found a way to move on and keep writing!!!!!!! And that’s what matters. To keep going, even if you’ve gotten your fair share of rejections. What I tell myself is to make the rejections work for me. All the “I didn’t connect with the voice” or “Your story just didn’t connect with me as much as I had hoped.” Have them mean something (other than the fact that said agent wasn’t your ONE.). Sure, it’s highly subjective but still… While you were writing or editing or revising your book, you learned something. It can be how you format a manuscript, or how you copy-paste your query letter in the body of an email without having it look like a jungle, or that adverbs are evil and “filler words” are a no-no.

YOU LEARNED SOMETHING.

BE PROUD OF THAT!!

The road of a writer is a long, bumpy ride, and we all need to learn to embrace our victories, no matter how small they may look.

As for #amwriting tips, I will share with you what I’ve learned. I’m no expert in writing, and I don’t want to preach. All I want is to share what I’ve learned, hoping it can help someone else. 😊

  • Firstly and most importantly, don’t view tips as The Law. Yes, do consider them and listen to them but also learn from them. You don’t need to hunt them down like they are the key to your salvation like I did. Some tips can be contradictory, what are you going to do then?
  • You think critically, is the answer. What is the best for you and your book? With what do you agree or disagree? You don’t need to listen to every tip there is. What you should do is study the craft of writing and querying, and learn from your mistakes. Grow, in other words. Take everything into careful and critical consideration. That’s my tip.
  • “Filler words” are words that distance the reader from the MC(s) like “I heard/saw/realized” etc. They’re also words you don’t need in order to convey what you want to say like just, really, but, and, only, so, etc. They’re basically those short words you add because you feel like you need them but if you delete them and reread the sentence without them, you’ll shrug and say, “Okay, that’s fine, too.” Using them a lot is a sign of not having perfected your craft yet. At the same time, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them at all and erase them from existence. I’d say, Use them but very, very sporadically.
  • Adverbs. Another no-no. Adverbs are the words that describe how something is happening. Instead of throwing an adverb and “tell it”, “show” how your character did whatever it is they did. Yes, it will blow up your word count, but it will also take you and your story to another level.
  • “Show, don’t tell.” I’ve struggled a lot with this, mainly because I wasn’t aware I was doing it. It took me a few editing rounds to fully understand what this tip meant. Many will say this tip is absolute, that there’s no exemption. But there is. Sometimes, you need to “tell” something. “Showing” isn’t always the best way. Especially in fantasy where sometimes you just need to “tell” the world-building, for example. On the other hand, you should “show”  how a character has changed due to an event in their life, and not “tell” their backstory. It’s a tough balance to achieve and an ongoing battle for many writers. Don’t despair. Take it scene by scene. Do you tell the reader that the character is sad, or do you show it by their movements/reactions/behavior?
  • Dialog tags. My own personal hell. I’m the writer who writes a lot of dialogs because I’m the reader who seeks out the dialog in a book. I love the interaction between characters; that’s my favorite part. That leads to dialogs without tags; of course, I know who speaks every time but no one else does. Or, it leads to dialogs without movement; that’s the core of my hell. The interaction takes too much space in my head, and I forget everything else. So, the point is you need the “she/he/I said” but you also need action tags like “smirked, shrugged, stood, moved away” etc. But this is another tough balance. You can’t have “she/he said” all the time, just as you can’t have movement everywhere. You should spread them across your dialogs. First goal is to clarify who speaks when. Second goal is to make it as natural as possible with tags like “said” or action <- here comes the “show, don’t tell” part, too. People don’t smirk or laugh as much as our characters do. 🤣
  • Fantasy and world-building. This is one of the hardest things to learn, and I’m still learning. How do you introduce world-building in your book without being over the top and at the same time explaining too little? What I’ve learned is that you should give enough for the reader to understand AND to be intrigued and want more. Now, what that enough is depends on the book, genre, and writer. Someone’s too much is not my too much, and vice versa. That’s why you need CPs and beta readers. To get an idea of what works and what doesn’t work. Also, speaking from personal experience, you don’t need to explain every single thing–given that it’s easy to understand from the context. Explain what is different, not everything.
  • SETTING. Writers need to ground the reader to: WHEN and WHERE.
  • Commas. One of the best things I’ve ever done is to study Chicago’s Manual of Style and learn how to use commas. It’s a skill you need. Trust me.
  • VOICE. I know, I know. If you hear another “I didn’t connect to the voice” you’ll explode. It’s vague and subjective. But what you can do is have your MC’s voice speak from the page in a solid, consistent way. Get in tune with your MC in a deep, molecular level. Is this something they’d say? How would they say it? How would they act? Portray your MC like they and you are the same person. Example: I’m querying a contemporary fantasy novel that is Emily’s story, and I’m revising another fantasy that is Agnes’s story. I’m incredibly in tune with Emily; I can feel her under my skin. If you ask me at any given moment during the day what she’d say if x happened, I’ll give you a detailed answer. BECAUSE I KNOW HER. But with Agnes, I’m still exploring her. I’m still not sure if she’d react the way I’ve written she does. As long as you’re not sure, the MC’s voice still needs developing. It’s not a bad thing; developing a solid voice takes time. Keep reading and editing, and the voice will come to you.
  • Kill your darlings aka Cut the scenes that don’t forward the plot or character development. This is one of the two most important things I’ve learned this year. You know, the scene where nothing happens but it’s so cute and funny? Yeah, kiss it goodbye.
  • The second most important thing I’ve learned this year is how to handle feedback. Not all feedback is good or appropriate for your story. You don’t need to apply every single comment you receive. But you do need to know what works and what doesn’t, like I said earlier. I was so afraid to say, “This is book is ready to be queried,” because then I’D BE ENTERING THE QUERYING PHASE!! That is terrifying! So what did I do? I sent the first pages and the query letter to as many people as I could. What did I get, in return? Too much feedback I didn’t know what to do with. Some was contradicting, some didn’t agree with my vision and Emily’s story, some pointed to the wrong direction (even though I thought it was right at that moment), but some was so valuable that I want to thank those people every day for the rest of my life. Feedback is precious but it needs to (a) come from people who care about you and your writing career, (b) be precise, (c) find your weaknesses and help you grow, and (d) take your book to the next level while staying true to your vision.

Believing in yourself is the hardest thing you’ll ever learn to do in this business, in my opinion. How to introduce world-building and backstory and how to use commas can be studied, one way or another. Believing in yourself, pushing through the rejections and the freak-outs of “I’ll never get an agent” and “I’m not good enough. I’m deluding myself” can’t be taught or studied. You have no idea how many times my CP has pulled me from my pit of misery and has turned my “Will I ever find someone who will love my books?” into “We love your books. It is enough. And you will get a badass agent who sees you.” I wouldn’t have survived this journey without her, not only because she finds where my setting is non-existent and where my dialog is confusing as heck, but because she’s always there for me. And I’m for her. CPs are treasures you need to cherish and, sadly, they’re extremely hard to find. But once you do, you’ll have a friend for life.

As for the ultimate #amwriting tip of the year, I guess it’s to keep learning and keep writing. Read the tips agent/professionals and other writers share and get feedback from CPs/beta readers. But don’t lose yourselves in them. Believe in your story. It will show you the way and tell you what is right.

Now about the fun part. Back in January, I had pledged to a Reading Challenge, and I’m very proud of completing it!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
A. Freya has
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50 books in
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Most of the books I read are YA fantasy, contemporary and high, but I did read my fair share of romance, too.

My favorite books that I read in 2017(but not necessarily published in 2017) aka the books that resonated with me and I keep rereading are:

  • HOW TO HANG A WITCH and HAUNTING THE DEEP by Adriana Mather. Contemporary fantasy.
  • A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING and A POISON DARK AND DROWNING by Jessica Cluess. Historical fantasy.
  • WITCH HUNTER and KING SLAYER by Virginia Boecker. Historical fantasy.
  • COLD BURN OF MAGIC, DARK HEART OF MAGIC, and BRIGHT BLAZE OF MAGIC by Jennifer Estep. Contemporary fantasy.
  • THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood. Dystopia.
  • ON WRITING by Stephen King. Non-fiction.
  • THE POWER by Naomi Alderman. Dystopia. *I’m still reading this but I already love it and I can’t recommend it enough.*

 

A short comment on subjectivity here. I read NYT bestselling books that I just didn’t like, much less love. Books that many people raved about and I didn’t connect with. I never truly understood what subjectivity means in writing until this year when I read popular books that I didn’t like or love. Our “I don’t know, man. It was meh. It just wasn’t for me.” is what agents mean by “I didn’t connect to it like I had hoped.” It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good story or that it wasn’t well-written. It only means that it wasn’t for them.

If you’re having trouble with believing in your writing, believe in your characters and your story. Don’t give up.

Believe in your dream.

Keep writing. Keep reading. And for the love of what is holy, keep dreaming.

~Athena Freya

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#AMMConnect with this Swedish lady

Hi, everyone! I’m very excited for #AMM to begin. I’ve been looking forward to this round for months. I wanted to enter in the previous round with my high fantasy book but I wasn’t ready. THIS TIME I AM!! *enter confetti and fireworks* And I’m entering with my witches and warriors book that I have rewritten and that I adore with all of my heart! I hope #AMM guides me and helps me with my craft so that I can bring out the best version of my books. If it performs a miracle and makes me a tad more confident in myself, I won’t say no to that.

TITLE: Veritas (Truth in Latin)

GENRE: YA contemporary fantasy

WORD COUNT: 92K

(I only have 6 queries out.)

ABOUT:

My main character is a 15-year-old girl, Emily, who is both a warrior and a witch but only identifies herself as a warrior. Emily never got to know her dad, and her mom…Well, she witnessed her murder when she was seven. She grew up in the streets, hidden from the society that betrayed her mother. When she comes across her mother’s murderer, Emily is overpowered by her need for revenge. But when she infiltrates the academy for witches and warriors, she comes across teenage drama, gossip, new friendships, and a multi-faceted truth–hence, my book’s title, VERITAS. Emily wants to avenge her mother’s murder and make the killer pay for what she did to her family, but she had no idea she had something to lose at the end.

The book is basically about a girl with a tragic past who hasn’t learned how to embrace herself yet and wants to avenge her mother’s murder so badly that it’s all she thinks about.

INSPIRATION:

Veritas is set in our modern world and features many references from it, some–many–of which are sarcastic. I wanted it to reflect our real world but with doses of magic and fantastical warfare in the vein of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It also features diverse cast and mythologies like the Norse, Greek, Latin/Roman, etc, which is why many terms are in other languages.

And of course, I wanted a female main character who knows her power and herself–even if she doesn’t like it much.

*drumroll* Veritas is set in a society of magic based on mythologies, warriors, stereotypes, and inequality.

AND FEATURES:

  • A badass heroine.
  • Who takes responsibility for her actions but also
  • does what is right.
  • Mature young adults and immature ones who will grow.
  • Betrayal.
  • Family drama.
  • And strong/fragile family bonds that supersede blood bonds.
  • Secrets.
  • MYTHOLOGIES!! from all over the world
  • diverse characters that reflect those mythologies and our world.
  • languages that empower and complete the diverse world of mythologies.
  • Adorable yet fierce friends.
  • Funny characters.
  • Broody English love interest.
  • magic! that stems from mythologies and doesn’t need wands but words.
  • wars!
  • breaking as many stereotypes and rules as my MC can.
  • a world with magic that faces the same problems and inadequacies ours does.

 

ABOUT ME:

My name is Athena Freya, I’m 25 years old, and I live in Sweden. I study to become an English/Swedish/Spanish teacher. Yes, you’ve guessed right; I LOVE languages. I speak four: English, Swedish, Spanish, and Greek. I also love the history of languages. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each language and the reasons that propelled each change. And yes, I LOVE mythologies, too. I’m a nerd, and I’m proud of it!

I’m also a proud Hufflepuff! An interesting fact is that Hufflepuffs and Slytherins get along extremely well. My best friend is a ferocious Slytherin, which is proof of the awesomeness of the Hufflepuff-Slytherin combination.

My idol is Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Samantha Young, and of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite series are Harry Potter, On Dublin Street, Covenant, Mythos Academy, Percy Jackson, and the With Me series.

Outside books?

I love

  • wine, especially sparkling white wine!
  • black tea.
  • music (Adele, Coldplay, OneRepublic, The Killers, Ed Sheeran: my heart is yours!)
  • TV ships. Oh, how I obsess over them. I may not know what they’re called but I do obsess over them; hence, my fascination with fan fiction. Examples: Jeller from Blindspot, Malec from Shadowhunters, Bellarke from The 100.
  • Sweden. What can I say? I love my country.
  • big cities with strong cultural elements.
  • diversity in all things.
  • quotes.
  • purple. And silver.
  • Harry Potter.
  • organization.
  • owls.
  • animals, in general.
  • my mom.
  • my best friends. *You know who you are.*
  • bilingual people.
  • candles,
  • and random facts.

And this is me, guys. I’m a Swedish Hufflepuff dreamer who won’t stop until her dream comes true.

Fangirling over Jessica Cluess, Lord Blackwood, and A Shadow Bright and Burning…

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is the last book I read, and I absolutely LOVED IT!! I loved it so much that I can’t stop RTing and tweeting about it. I’ve recommended it to all of my friends to the point they laugh now. “We know, we know. You loved it. Your enthusiasm is adorable. Yes, we’ll read it. Yes, as soon as possible.” –that’s what they say. Sorry, friends, but I’ll say it again. READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!

Okay, this is the review I posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog.

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There are no words to describe how much I LOVE this book!! TEN STARS are simply not enough for this amazing book!

First of all, the writing is superb! Jessica Cluess makes writing seem effortless and lets all the right pieces fall in the right place at the right time. The way she has infused the Victorian era with monsters, witches, sorcerers, and magicians is outstanding. It’s also the first time I read a book where the author defines the difference between witches, sorcerers, and magicians and have them showcased in all of their glory. It’s another remarkable feat that Jessica Cluess succeeded in. The world building is deep and detailed, and it feels like I’m right there, fighting alongside Henrietta, ogling Blackwood, and scowling at Magnus.

This book had me falling in love with it from the first chapter, and one day after I finished it, I’m still holding my breath, wondering about what happens next, if Henrietta and Blackwood will get even closer to each other, the secrets they’ll unveil, as well as imagining a cast for the book’s TV adaptation that I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE will happen sometime. I have to admit I am fangirling over the author’s writing, the amazing characters, the outstanding world building, and all the awesomeness this book is.

I am a fan for life, and I would scream it from the rooftops to go and buy this book!!!!! I’m so in love with it that others books have ceased to exist, and I can’t even focus on editing my own because my mind keeps going back to Henrietta, the monsters, and of course, my favorite Blackwood. I don’t know how I’ll survive one month until the release of book two; I literally don’t. So, please, go buy this outstanding book, and you will LOVE IT!!

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I’d also love to add that Jessica Cluess has an extraordinary writing style that not only makes her storytelling seem effortless but also transcends the reading experience. It’s amazing in its simplicity and natural aura that I don’t see often in books. It reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout in this way. Outstanding world-building, amazing characters, and magical writing style that leaves you breathless and hungry for more. As a fellow writer, this is what I strive to become. A storyteller that invites others to my characters’ journey and hold them there. *with love, of course* I’ve read so many, many books but Jennifer L. Armentrout has remained my icon throughout the years and books. Now, she has a partner. The second queen in my pedestal of authors. And that’s Jessica Cluess. After reading one book. Hold that thought. Process it. Because that speaks of Jessica’s inexplicable crazy talent.

The next book in the series comes out this month, 09/19, and I hope you all buy it because this series is the best I’ve read in a long time.

That’s all.

***WHEN YOU READ IT, COME TO ME, AND LET’S ALL FANGIRL OVER BLACKWOOD!!!!***

 

That magical connection…

Heidi Norrod

Of course, I’m talking about finding that elusive literary agent. I found mine! I signed the contract on July 20th, 2017. I know there are lots of people that are still looking, so I thought I’d write the obligatory — How I Found My Literary Agent — post. My story is a bit wonky but hang in there.

It was a dark and stormy night….

Yeah, no it wasn’t. Gotcha! Here let’s do this thing correctly.

About ten years ago, I wrote this terrible book. Of course, I didn’t think it was terrible then. I thought it was sure to earn me lots of agent offers, a television deal would surely follow, and I’d become a millionaire within a year. None, and I repeat NONE, of those things happened. I finished it and I queried it. It all came to nada.

In fact, over the course of the last decade…

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PITCH WARS 2017: #PIMPMYBIO

Hello there, #PitchWars contestants & mentors, and everyone who has subjected themselves to read about me.

This is the first time I’m trying for #PitchWars. I wanted to do it last year, as well, but my then WIP wasn’t ready. I’m both excited and nervous about entering, but the book community has made me feel safe and embraced. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, I will walk away with valuable lessons and wonderful new friends from all over the world. That’s why I consider myself and every other hopeful a winner.  Not to mention that we wrote an entire book (!!!) and edited and revised it until we knew it by heart. We truly are warriors.

Now that I mentioned the word, my #PitchWars book is about warriors. And witches! It’s a YA fantasy stand-alone novel with series potential. It’s set in our modern world and features many references from it, most of all are sarcastic. I wanted it to reflect our real world but with doses of magic and fantastical warfare in the vein of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It also features diverse cast and mythologies like the Norse, Greek, Latin/Roman, etc, which is why many terms are in other languages.

My MC is a 15-year-old girl, Emily, who is both a warrior and a witch but only identifies herself as a warrior. She is driven by her need for revenge. She wants to take revenge on her mother’s murder and make the killer pay for what she did to Emily’s family. But when she infiltrates the academy for witches and warriors, she comes across teenage drama, gossip, new friendships, and a multi-faceted truth–hence, my book’s title, VERITAS.

The book is basically about a girl with a tragic past who hasn’t learned how to embrace herself yet and wants to avenge her mother’s murder, and it is set in a society of magic based on mythologies, warriors, stereotypes, and inequality.

How did I come up with the idea, characters, and world?

When I first played with the idea of writing a novel, a series of must-have-elements was born, too.

  • A badass heroine.
  • Who takes responsibility for her actions but also
  • does what is right.
  • Mature young adults and immature ones who will grow.
  • Betrayal.
  • Family drama.
  • And strong/fragile family bonds that supersede blood bonds.
  • Secrets.
  • MYTHOLOGIES!! from all over the world
  • diverse characters that reflect those mythologies and our world.
  • languages that empower and complete the diverse world of mythologies.
  • Adorable yet fierce friends.
  • magic! that stems from mythologies and doesn’t need wands but words.
  • wars!
  • breaking as many stereotypes as my MC can.
  • a world with magic that faces the same problems and inadequacies ours does.

And the plot came alive in my head right away. I started extensive research on names, gods, terms, and places–because I wanted them to have a meaning. I didn’t want to just make up everything as I went, which is totally cool, by the way. That was what this story needed. Therefore, every name of a character or world building element means something. The academy Emily infiltrates? That is located in a real place with history and a meaning that is perfect for my world. I couldn’t believe it when I had found it. A place that signifies and represents the very essence of the world I had created in my head. And it’s real! It felt like it was meant to be.

And I still feel that every time I read or work on this book. It feels right.

*For more information, you can visit the storify of my daily #PitchWars challenges at https://storify.com/AthenaGreyson/pitchwars. *

About me…

Hmm, let’s start with the basics. My name is Athena Freya, I’m 25 years old, and I live in Sweden. In August, I’ll start studying to become an English/Swedish/Spanish teacher. Yes, you’ve guessed right; I LOVE languages. I speak four: English, Swedish, Spanish, and Greek. I also love the history of languages. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each language and the reasons that propelled each change. And yes, I LOVE mythologies, too. I’m a nerd, and I’m proud of it!

I’m also a proud Hufflepuff! An interesting fact is that Hufflepuffs and Slytherins get along extremely well. My best friend is a ferocious Slytherin, which is proof of the awesomeness of the Hufflepuff-Slytherin combination.

What else? Hmm. Maybe something about my writing journey. Okay, let’s do this. I started out as a book blogger and reviewer in 2013. I’ve worked mostly with romance and fantasy in both adult and YA. Due to workload and drastic changes in my personal life(I moved from Greece to Sweden!), I’ve put a pause on reviewing. But I’m lucky to still be friends with awesome authors and be proud of their successes. One of those awesome people pushed me to write, and another has supported me since that day. So I owe a major thank you to Nicola Haken and Alicia Rae.

I’ve written 3 YA fantasy novels: two of those are realistic fantasy and set in our real world. I should note that my newest WIP is my first novel, my precious baby. I wanted to rewrite it because I needed it to be written the way it was supposed to. I’m sure you’re all dreading over reading your first books. I didn’t know what I was doing then. But now, I’ve gotten better at it, and the story kept playing in my head, so I took another leap of faith and rewrote it. It wasn’t a mild rewrite, either. I’ve changed everything: from tense and age group to characters and plot points/events. Some may disagree with me and say it was a waste of time, and that I should have written something completely new. I mean, I have over fifty book ideas in my head and my super duper special book ideas notebook. But I couldn’t give up on it. I couldn’t let it go. This story deserved better, and even if it leads nowhere(which I pray to all the gods and saints and the entire universe will not happen) I can say to myself that I did my best. That I did everything I could for these characters and this world I built. This story had distracted my mind from a hard period in my life and made me happy and hopeful when I was nothing but. I owed it and myself to write it again. And I’m in love with it. Which is why I’ll try for Pitch Wars with this book.

But I couldn’t give up on it. I couldn’t let it go. This story deserved better, and even if it leads nowhere(which I pray to all the gods and saints and the entire universe will not happen) I can say to myself that I did my best. That I did everything I could for these characters and this world I built. This story had distracted my mind from a hard period in my life and made me happy and hopeful when I was nothing but. I owed it and myself to write it again. And I’m in love with it. Which is why I’ll try for Pitch Wars with VERITAS.

My other 2 books need editing and revising. In fact, I’ll revise one in August as I wait for #PitchWars to announce the mentees. My goal for next year is to delve into a new genre. Romance Suspense. I have many different book ideas in this category, and I still haven’t decided which one will be my next book. We’ll see!

Outside books?

I love

  • wine, especially white sparkling wine!
  • black tea.
  • music (Adele, Coldplay, OneRepublic, The Killers, Ed Sheeran: my heart is yours!)
  • TV ships. Oh, how I obsess over them. I may not know what they’re called but I do obsess over them; hence, my fascination with fan fiction. Examples: Jeller from Blindspot, Malec from Shadowhunters, Bellarke from The 100.
  • Sweden. What can I say? I love my country.
  • big cities with strong cultural elements.
  • diversity in all things.
  • quotes.
  • purple. And silver.
  • Harry Potter.
  • organization.
  • owls.
  • animals, in general.
  • my mom.
  • my best friends. *You know who you are.*
  • bilingual people.
  • candles,
  • and random facts.

 

I don’t like:

  • rudeness.
  • arrogance.
  • hatred/intolerance. Black, Latino, gay, straight, man, woman, tall or short; we’re people.
  • red wine.
  • green tea.
  • tomatoes.
  • heat and high temperatures. So not my thing.
  • waiting,
  • and surely many more things I don’t remember right now.

My idol is Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Samantha Young, and of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite series are Harry Potter, On Dublin Street, Covenant, Mythos Academy, Percy Jackson, and the With Me series.

And this is me, guys. I’m a Swedish Hufflepuff dreamer who won’t stop until her dream comes true.

I hope I didn’t bore you to death. Thank you so much for reading, and please, don’t hesitate to follow me on Twitter and spark conversation with me! *especially if you’re having a bad day or want help with querying etc.*

Believe in yourselves. Believe in your dream. That alone is a huge step on your way to success.

Love and greetings from Sweden,

Athena Freya

New Page. New Project.

Hey, everyone!

I hope this post finds you well, healthy, safe, and loved.

As you may know, I have been looking for a theme regarding a new series of posts for my website. But I couldn’t find anything. So I kept trying to invent something interesting, original, and frankly something I could do. My specialties are literature, history of literature, languages, and language history. I’m not sure who would be interested in learning Swedish or the history of the Swedish language. *If you are, please let me know!* **Seriously!** In the end, I was left with no ideas whatsoever. Except…

Wait a minute.

I can write. I love quotes. Boom!

This page { https://athenagreyson.wordpress.com/posts/quotes/ } will be updated with quotes crafted by me. They will talk about life, inspiration, perseverance, confidence, books, and everything in between. Feel free to share them, but please make a reference to me as the quote’s author, and even this page if you’d like.

Feel free to share them, but please make a reference to me as the quote’s author, and even this page if you’d like.

By no means, I am no master of quote crafting but words need to flow, and I can’t always tame those beasts. Feedback is encouraged, of course, but within the frame of positivity.

I hope we can have some fun and inspire and motivate each other toward a creative path.

As always, thank you for visiting and reading.

Love,

Athena

My YA fantasy novel is ready!

I am extremely, out of this world, happy to announce that my YA fantasy novel is complete; edited; revised; beta-read; partner-critiqued; and polished.

It is ready to fly to the world, and I’m so proud for this book.

My MC from Elusive Heart, Emily, is a kick-butt heroine with a darker personality. Her tragic past drives her motivations. But the MC from my YA fantasy novel is completely different. She is light and optimistic and innocent. She sees the good in people. She has hope.

We all love the strong-minded heroines and heroes with sass, wit, and power. We love the bad-good characters. Ha, I adore those. But I have come to realize that a different yet still powerful person is the one who rises above expectations and rises above themselves. To become a better person is one thing. To become great is another.

A very important theme of the book, and the series, is friendship. A true friend will stand by you whatever happens. They will tell you when you screw up. They will listen to you. But friendships are complicated. Messy. Personal. Intimate. What if your friend was never supposed to be your friend? What if you’re supposed to be their superior, and not their equal?

That becomes trickier for a person who doesn’t want to be superior, for a person who is humble and grounded and simply a very decent being.

The book is set in a fantastic Scandinavia, meaning the Scandinavia we know but different. With magic. And a different culture, structure, etc. In fact, I can say that I have taken real contemporary elements and I have twisted them, which may have become my next favorite thing to do.

It is a stand alone but it’s intended as a first in a series. I am currently plotting the second book and trying to picture this universe and the storylines as a whole. The series will probably be longer than a trilogy. There is too much story. At this point, I can say with certainty that you will learn everything that you don’t know from the first book in its sequel. Think of the series as the two seasons of Blindspot. During season one, you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, and on season two, Boom! But I suggest observe closely in book one, for the hints are there…

I won’t be revealing the title as of yet. But I assure you that it has one. As does the series.

I am very excited about this book. Of course, I’m also very nervous. But if I wasn’t, I would have a different kind of problem.

Thank you for reading and for your interest in me and my writing.

Fellow authors, don’t give up. Keep on writing. Fellow readers, never stop reading.

Love,

Athena