Please give a warm welcome to fellow Evernight author Iyana Jenna, as she gives an insight into how she got started on her writing journey.
So delighted to visit Doris O’Connor’s blog today. I really admire her as an author. :) Thank you for having me, dear.
Before I go on with my new book, Release Me from Evernight Publishing, I think I want to talk a bit about my first beta, Emma.
It’s back to about ten years ago when I started writing down stuff I’d love to read but no one wrote it yet. It’s a fanfiction and no, I’m not ashamed to admit that I started by writing fanfics. Well, at that time I didn’t know what to expect. I just wrote and posted. It totally surprised me when someone commented on my story and urged me to continue.
Another thing I have to admit was how awful my writing was back then. LOL. Added to the fact that I’m an ESL, I also still had some problems in expressing my thoughts in good order. Then came Emma. She noticed me and my language problems besides always being so eager to know what would happen next in my story. She began to correct my chapters and sent them back to me so I could edit the ones I had put up earlier on the website. Yeah, it was like an upside-down process, really. I posted the chapters, she edited, and I re-uploaded the edited parts. I don’t know why she never asked me to send the chapters to her beforehand. She never said anything about it. We just kept doing what we were doing. I wrote quite fast at that time and I posted almost every day. Perhaps that was why it was easier for her to just check my new chapters and save them to be edited.
I owe her a lot. She was the one who opened my eyes to the world of writing, editing, and improving your writing pieces. Too bad I haven’t heard from her for a while. I have to contact her and find out what’s up with her recently.
Taking a break from dealing with his father’s clients on legal matters, Nicholas Haynes went out to the sea on his yacht—only to find a man floating in the water. The man was still alive, much to Nicholas’s relief.
Gregory Phillips was a private investigator and his last job almost turned him into fish food if not for Nicholas. Little did he know that the main suspect in his case was one of Nicholas’ father’s clients. When Nicholas insisted on taking care of Gregory after the incident that almost killed him, can he trust Nicholas enough with his life?
Stanley Haynes threw the newspaper, and it landed with a slap on Nicholas's plate. The headlines blared at Nicholas as though his father had shouted at him.
Heir to US Banking Chain Wedded?
"You ever plan to tell us about this, Nicholas?"
Nicholas glanced briefly at his mother sitting across from him, but she kept stirring the cooling coffee in her cup. Nicholas could see a smile flicker in her eyes. He shrugged.
“Come on, Dad. You know it was impossible for me to talk about it before everything was done.”
“Are you saying you don’t trust me, or your mom—” Stanley threw a glance at his wife, and his eyes widened. “You knew about this?”
She threw her hands up.
“God, no, honey. I wouldn’t lie to you.”
“All right, all right.” Stanley took a deep breath, trying to calm himself. “Is it that Phillips guy?”
“Of course. Who else?” Nicholas grinned.
His mother went back to stirring her coffee. Her voice was calm when she asked, “When was it, Nicholas? How come both of us didn’t know anything about it?”
“A moment after Greg was released from the hospital.”
“Wow. That fast?”
Nicholas chuckled. “Yeah. Now you can’t accuse me of being a playboy anymore.”
“That’s good, dear.” His mother took his hand, and Nicholas squeezed hers gently. “So those journalists—they just found out the other day?”
“They’ve just seen this ring, that’s all.” Nicholas lifted his left hand and eyed the simple platinum band around his ring finger. Gregory had exactly the same kind of ring around his finger.
A month earlier
It was the lulling sounds of the waves and the gentle breeze above the vast, boundless ocean that Nicholas loved most. He could spend days, even weeks, drifting seemingly without any course and purpose on his boat, all by himself. After months dealing with his father’s clients about legal matters, he was always desperate for some time alone. Sometimes he just couldn’t understand why he had to work twice as hard as the other employees in his father’s bank when he was his only son. However, most of the time, he just couldn’t see it any other way. His father was not the type to want to spoil his family. Everyone had to earn what life had given to them. Nobody was allowed to simply ask and receive.
Today, though, he ended up not alone.
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A little about me:
I'm Iyana Jenna and you can call me Iyana. I like writing, romance, and man love so as you can see on this site, you're mostly going to find m/m stories whether they are for adults or young adults. They are not going to be too heavy on explicit sex, though, as many say that my stories are considered sweet romance.
When I don't write, I teach English to children, teens, and adults. I also work in the curriculum and materials department in an institution. Among my responsibilities are writing books and tests.
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