Stilettos & Stardust by D L Pitchford
• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Straight on till Morningside Prints (19 May 2019)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0998794597
• ISBN-13: 978-0998794594
A modern day Cinderella with a twist…
When high school seniors Noah Barton and Eden Prince’s academic rivalry ruins a thermodynamics demo, their physics teacher decides to help them get along. By forcing them to be lab partners.
As graduation approaches, Noah and Eden are too busy figuring out college to deal with each other. Noah’s football-loving dad sabotages his chance to win a big scholarship. Eden’s traditional mother cares more about finding her a serious boyfriend than encouraging her dreams.
Winning big at the regional science fair is their last hope.
Will Noah follow in his astronaut mother’s footsteps? Can Eden show her parents the environment is more important than any relationship? Will Noah and Eden finally learn to work together?
Follow Noah and Eden’s budding romance in this emotionally charged, gender-swapped retelling of Cinderella.
AUTHOR Guest Post:
I don’t remember a time I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve been writing since I was ten, and throughout high school, I wrote my own fantasy stories and a bunch of fanfiction. I got my Bachelor’s in fine arts, English literature, and creative writing, and I’ve worked as both a technical writer, a freelance writer, and a freelance editor.
But I hadn’t ever put in the effort to finish anything.
I spent most of my teenage years rewriting the same story over and over without ever finishing a single draft. In 2013, I finally managed to finish a complete draft of the book during November for National Novel Writing Month. It was an amazing feeling, knowing that I could actually finish something. But I stuck it in a drawer, and I haven’t pulled it out since.
It wasn’t until 2014, when I was at home taking care of my newborn baby, that I started to get serious about writing and publishing.
My first book If We Had No Winter took around two years to write and edit. I haven’t taken that long since, but to be fair, I had my second baby in the middle of writing the book. Much of the process also involved accepting who I am as a writer and being okay with not becoming the next Rowling or King or Riordan. I had to learn my writing style, although often short, to the point, and unadulterated, can be equally as effective and potent as the most lyrical of prose. I had to learn to love my writing and, to an extent, to love myself.
Thankfully, I have had endless support from my husband, my family, my friends, and other authors. I was lucky enough to find friends who care about writing as much as I do, and several of those friends have become critique partners and confidantes as I’ve learned about writing and publishing.
I debated for a long time whether to pursue traditional publishing or to self-publish. In the end, because my books tend to highlight controversial topics, I decided to self-publish because I didn’t want my ideas stifled and because self-published authors get better royalty rates.
The book was released in April 2017, and in 2018, I followed it with the second and third books in the series. I participated in a themed box set in December 2018 and in a dark fairy tales anthology in April 2019.
At the end of 2018, I struggled with my mental health, and only a few months ago, I was diagnosed with double depression (chronic depression with a major depressive episode) and anxiety, and I have spent the last several months trying to figure out how to handle writing and publishing at the same time.
But I’m still hopeful. Stilettos & Stardust released in April, and I am releasing three more books this year.
While trying to write and publish with young children–and especially with newborns–is daunting, I wouldn’t say that my actual road to publication was difficult. But that’s the thing about self-publishing: It’s technically very easy to self-publish, but the act of selling books and “making it” is difficult. Also, it’s important to realize that books that sell well for self-published authors are not necessarily the same kind of books that sell well for traditionally published ones.
But I still have a long path ahead of me.
Yes, I am published, but there are so many more things I intend to do. I have books planned that would be more successful as traditionally published, and I intend to find an agent and pursue that when the time comes. But I also have books that will do well as self-published works, and I am excited about sharing those with the world. I want to put my books in audio and hardback, and I want to attend more book cons and meet more readers.
More importantly, the book world is forever fluctuating, and self-publishers especially must keep up with these changes to stay afloat. As an author, as a publisher and a business owner, the work is never done, and writing a book never gets easier.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
YA and NA author D. L. Pitchford is best known for her brutally honest stories and realistic characters.
Throughout her childhood, art and literature were encouraged in every form. Pitchford fell in love with The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Is Rising, and Harry Potter. By age ten, she wrote her first fantasy book. Her love of writing grew exponentially.
In 2013, Pitchford received her BA in English, Writing, and Fine Arts from Drury University. During her studies, she focused on the human condition and penned the first scenes of her debut novel. IF WE HAD NO WINTER released April 2017 and has been commended for its gritty tone and character growth.
Pitchford lives with her husband and two sons in Springfield, Missouri, where she continues writing young and new adult novels.
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