Dark Inside has been out in UK bookshops for a good few weeks now, but in case you've missed it, here's more information from Amazon.co.uk:
Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to some people. Michael can only watch in horror as an incidence of road rage so extreme it ends in two deaths unfolds before his eyes; Clementine finds herself being hunted through the small town she has lived in all her life, by people she has known all her life; and Mason is attacked with a baseball bat by a random stranger. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it. For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive - at any cost!
Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen - now it's our turn!
Hi everyone! I’m Jeyn Roberts and I’m the author of Dark Inside.
I’ve been asked to do a guest post on a writer’s early career. Being that every writer’s experience is different, I’ll just go with mine. I’ve been very lucky to have met a wonderful amount of people over the years who have helped me towards the quest for publication. Without them, I’d probably never have gotten where I am today.
I went the school route. Not everyone does and not everyone has to. But that’s the way I wanted to go. I was in my second year of university and heading towards a psychology degree when I took a Creative Writing class. I was hooked. I applied for the degree program at UBC and was accepted. From then on I went to Bath Spa University in England to do my Masters.
There are a lot of different opinions on studying Creative Writing. I personally loved it. Being a writer, we often fall in love with our words. Belonging to a good critique group can be invaluable. Learning to give and receive criticism can be an incredible learning experience. It also opens the doors to meeting a lot of industry people. It was there that I learned a lot about the publishing industry.
I was in South Korea when I wrote Dark Inside. I loved my job there, teaching English to High School students. Funny enough, the first time my agent rang, I was in the middle of teaching a class. My kids loved it! Teacher bad! So I turned off the phone. When I returned to my desk later and saw the email, I was horrified. I’d hung up on an agent!
I was still in Korea when we sent my novel to publishers. It was a very stressful time. I was in a very different time zone and had to stay up till three in the morning when it was afternoon in New York. Of course once I accepted the deals, I couldn’t sleep! I was too excited.
I’ve been very lucky over the past year. I’ve met some great teenagers who have been with me on Facebook through this journey. They’re all writers too. They’ve been great for giving me valuable feedback on my writing. I’m very lucky to have them.
My journey has been long but completely worth it. And I’d to share some of the advice I’ve learned over the years. Never give up. Writing is very subjective and a rejection doesn’t always mean your writing is bad. There could be a million other reasons why. Keep writing. And if the first book doesn’t get any interest, write another one. And then another one. You can only get better. Be open to criticism. As I said in the beginning, we are often too close to our own stories to see what might be wrong. Having other eyes is a great way to improve. Learn everything you can about the publishing industry. There are great websites that offer advice.
And keep reading because that’s the best part. So many stories, such little time.