I’d like to introduce to you author, Yvette M. Calleiro, and welcome her to tell us all about her writer’s journey. Feel free to ask Yvette any questions, or just leave her a bit of encouragement. We all need that, right?
I started writing in 7th grade when my English teacher, Mrs. Beverly Hoffman, encouraged us to explore our imagination and put our thoughts on paper. I wrote my first short story then. Throughout high school, I wrote poetry. It was nothing to get excited about, but it kept writing in my life and made it an outlet of sorts for me. After my divorce, reading became an escape for me, and I realized how much I missed writing. I started writing again, and I’ve rediscovered my passion for writing and daydreaming. 🙂
I published my first novel, The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1) in January 2014. I had wanted to go the traditional route, but more literary agents told me that they were either only working with already published authors or that they were not looking for my kind of story. That is when I discovered everything indie. 🙂 I realized that many of the authors that I love started off as indie authors before being picked up by a publishing company. So, I researched how to format my novel so that it would look professional. I learned how to use Smashwords and Amazon to upload my book. I learned how to use CreateSpace to create a physical copy for readers who enjoy the feel of a print book. I created a web site and then joined the social media world on Facebook and Twitter. Once I had everything in place, I released my baby into the world.
I can proudly say that I am an Indie Author. 🙂
Well, I told you how I got started. It’s been a whirlwind since then. I’m a single mom of a very active boy. I work full-time+ as a high school intensive reading teacher. I add the plus sign after full-time because most people think that teachers leave work when the bell rings at 2:20pm. I don’t think I’ve left before 4pm on a single day, and usually I am there until 5:00 or 5:30 p.m. It’s a rewarding job but an exhausting job if you do it correctly.
After work, I have to help my son with all of his homework and take him to his flag football practices and games. Somewhere in there, I try to go to the gym at least three times a week. And then I try to find time to write. I am always saying there is not enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do.
I have two published books: The One Discovered and The One Enlightened, both of the Chronicles of the Diasodz. I just finished writing The One Betrayed and will be sending it off to beta readers very soon. My weakest area is promoting. I honestly just don’t have time to promote my books the way that they deserve to be promoted. Whenever I have free time, I want to use that time for writing, so I barely get to promote.
I am grateful to organizations like the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) where the members generously promote my novel for me. I enjoy promoting them as well, and I find that it doesn’t take as much time to retweet or tweet about their books. 🙂
Part of my issue is that I’ve always hated to have attention on me, so it’s hard for me to promote myself and put myself in the lime light. I tell myself that once the entire series is written, I will spend time promoting it well. I guess time will tell if I stick to that plan. 😉
Life is a learning experience, and those of us who embrace our mistakes will grow to overcome them. I am SO happy that I self-published. One of the things I feel I did correctly is joining RRBC. I have learned so much from the members there. I just participated in my first blog tour, and I’m about to push myself into joining a book trailer tour, even though I have no idea what I’m doing. lol! They challenge me to grow as an author, and I appreciate their support.
Another thing I did correctly was finding beta readers. I learned about those on Goodreads, and I have found a small group of beta readers whose support I truly value. I also learned a lot on Smashwords about formatting my novel so that it looked professional. It was a little frustrating for me at first because I was terrified of getting reviews that stated that the formatting was horrible. Luckily, I haven’t had any of those. Smashwords also put me in touch with my cover designer, and I am beyond blessed to have her creating my covers!
What would I do differently??? Win the lotto. Stay at home and write all day. lol! Honestly, I don’t think I would have done anything differently. That’s not to say that things are perfect. My first novel needs more revision. After reading the reviews, many people complained about the switching in views; they also said that once they got past that, they loved the story. It’s been two years since I wrote that book, and I’m rereading it now to make sure that book three (which I just finished writing) and book four (which I will start writing soon) stay consistent with the story line. I understand their reviews. I was going for third-person omniscient, but there are parts that switch point of view so quickly that it’s a bit confusing. So, eventually, I want to go back and revise book one.
I don’t mind bad reviews as long as they are honest. Not everyone will love my stories just like I don’t love every story that is out there. That’s okay. I am a huge believer in respecting others’ opinions and learning from those who think differently than I think. I still would not have changed publishing it when I did. Having the book out there is what motivated me to write book two, and it has kept me excited about seeing this whole series completed. Everything happens for a reason. 🙂
About The Author
Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time psuedo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to run on the elliptical machine or ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.
When she’s living amongst real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a high school Reading teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over eighteen years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who allows her to enjoy children’s literature all over again. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.
My latest book:
I just finished writing The One Betrayed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 3). I hope to have it published before Christmas.
My published books:
The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1)
Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life. She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth. She has a loving mother. She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job. She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.
Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans. Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them. Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading. A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior. Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind. Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home. But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?
Choices create action. Actions have consequences. When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make? Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?
The One Enlightened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 2)
Sofia has lost everything that was important to her: her mother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Even the belief that humans are the only beings in the world has been stripped away, but she has no time to dwell on her losses because she’s been transported to a new world to become the savior of the Diasodz. Sofia trusted Ar’ch and Angel to be there for her and to guide and protect her, but only Angel has held true to his word. Ar’ch has abandoned her, leaving her to feel tricked and betrayed.
Ar’ch brought Sofia home, fulfilling his mission to bring their savior safely to their world, but it didn’t come without a cost. Rafe, Sofia’s boyfriend, was killed, and Ar’ch believes Sofia blames him for it. Ar’ch’s sole focus becomes doing what is best for Sofia, and in his mind, that does not include him.
As Sofia deals with Ar’ch’s absence, she throws herself into learning about the Diasodz’s history. She grows stronger both emotionally and physically, and begins to accept her role in their world, but not everyone is convinced that she is the one whom the prophecy states will save them.
Beliefs will be challenged. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will be shattered. And in the aftermath, evil will see its opportunity and strike. Will Sofia be able to handle it all? Or will the savior of the Diasodz lose her will to continue?
My covers were created by the talented Tatiana Vila of Vila Designs. http://www.viladesign.net/