Happy Release Day: One More Day + Author Guest Post With Anna Simpson!

To celebrate the release of One More Day, Anna Simpson has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer.


 About The Author:

Anna Simpson lives near the Canadian-US border with her family. Even though she’s lived in several places in British Columbia (like Vancouver, Kelowna, and Oliver) she wasn’t able to settle down until she moved back to her hometown. If you look for her online, you will have better luck Googling Emaginette, because there are several well known Anna Simpsons in the world, but only one Emaginette.

I know she would be the first to thank you for taking an interest in ‘One More Day’ and hope you enjoy her contribution of ‘Time Piece.’

Anna Simpson on the Web:
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How did I get here?

All I truly know is I was born with too much imagination and a love for expressing myself. As a teenager I would spout off on paper. Much to the delight of my parents who didn’t have to listen to my complaints about the world I was forced to live in. I was a drama queen, but who isn’t when they are young.

Anyway, complaining became new worlds. I wrote about magic, dragons, teenagers running for their lives, but I never thought I’d write so anyone could read it—besides my friends or family that is. Desperate to learn the craft, I joined a writing group call Scribophile.com. And I found some wonderful women in a circle called “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pens.”

They didn’t blink or ask why I was there. I’m still surprised today that they took me in and taught me what it was to be a writer, an author. I’m not talking about writing a sentence, or plotting. I’m talking about the fire in our blood. What drives us and what to do about it. Because none of these women were like me, they were established with writing routines, submitting regularly, and critting and beta reading each other’s work.

I learned it was putting your heart on a page that made a story. Hey anyone can write a sentence. A writer bleeds while doing it. The sisters showed by example of how to try again after being rejected, or how to take a crit that hurt transforming it into fodder for their copy. While waiting or acceptance, they’d start a new project. Their approach to the craft was food for my soul.

And I got stronger.

I asked myself after every story, when would I be ready to be like them? To actually think of submitting something made me shudder. Then one day, there on my screen they waited. Words I had written, Could I make them better? Sure. Maybe? Was this story the best I could do?

Yes. The words had been read, and critiqued to death—or to life.

I sent my work away and was promptly rejected, but I did it. The next time, and the time after that—rejected. Rejection is part of the craft. An author is okay with this. And I was, because some of the editors sent feedback. 

More to soak up.

I would have never come to anything without the sisters and the editors. Whether they know it or not, they are important to me. And the most amazing thing is they would do this amazing thing for you too. If you’re a writer and honing your craft, join a writing circle.  Get yourself out there. Get rejected.  

Rejection is the easy part.

“What one person can do, another can do.” Modified quote from the movie The Edge, released: 1997.

About The Book:

Title: One More Day
Authors:  L.S. Murphy, Anna Simpson, J. Keller Ford, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, Erika Beebe, Danielle E. Shipley
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
What if today never ends?What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.Unless …In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.How do we restart time?How do we make everything go back to normal?The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.Right now.

What would you do if this happened … to you?


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Happy reading until next time!