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Flood thoughts

Sorry for the long quiet. I’m continuing to devote most of my writing time to my science fiction romance series. More about that later. But recent events in Houston have got me thinking about Tevenar, so I thought I’d share a little with you.

My family has been lucky enough to stay high and dry during Hurricane Harvey. But this isn’t the first time many of my friends and neighbors have been affected by floods. I think that’s why natural disasters tend to work themselves into my fiction. Events like Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricanes Rita and Ike inspired two portions of the Tevenar books in particular. The climax of The Fuller’s Apprentice takes place during a flood. Into the Storm centers around a hurricane. Both stories feature heroic efforts by the wizards to protect and rescue the people of Tevenar. If you’ve been watching the news out of Houston, you’ve seen plenty of the sort of real-life heroics that inspired me to write them.

So in the spirt of Elkan and Larine, I’d like to do my small part to help. If you need something to read, Into the Storm is currently available free to everyone here. In addition, if you comment below or contact me here and let me know that you’ve been displaced or otherwise affected by Harvey (or Irma, or the fires on the west coast, or any other disaster), I’ll send you a free ebook copy of The Fuller’s Apprentice. If you enjoy it and your finances don’t allow you to purchase the other books in the series, let me know and I’ll send them to you free.

For the rest of us, make a donation in any amount to the relief organization of your choice (I recommend my church’s fund, which will go 100% to helping those affected), comment below or contact me to let me know, and I’ll send you a free ebook copy of The Fuller’s Apprentice. Volunteering counts, too! Make a donation of $100 or more, or volunteer for two or more days, and I’ll send you ebooks of the whole series. If you already own the books, I’d be happy to send copies to anyone else you choose.

In my opinion, everyone who contributes time or money or goods to help their neighbors should consider themselves honorary member of the Wizards’ Guild. We may not have familiars or be able to use the Mother’s power, but we can all do what’s within our ability to serve our community.

Hello

Welcome to my web page, everyone. My name is Angela Holder. I live in Houston, Texas. I have three kids and a wonderful husband who supports our family so I’m free to devote time to my writing. I’ll be using this blog to share updates on my writing as well as interesting tidbits of information about my books.

A few facts about White Blood. I wrote the first draft in November of 2008 for Nanowrimo. Twelve days in, my computer crashed. My latest backup was from four days earlier, so I lost around 11,000 words, what’s now Chapters 5, 6, and most of 7. (Moral of the story: back up your work every day!) I made notes on what I could remember of what I’d written and plowed on with the story, hoping I’d eventually be able to recover the lost portion from my hard drive. My husband tried many things, but none of them worked, so rather than spend a lot of money to have a professional try with no guarantees, I rewrote the missing parts after Nano was over. (I think they turned out better than the first time, so all in all it wasn’t a bad thing.) According to the log I kept, I finished the rough draft on November 30 at 91,294 words, not counting the lost parts. (The finished length is around 106,000 words.)

From then until the next November, I worked on editing the rough draft, then had it critiqued by many helpful people at Critique Circle. Later I revised it substantially based on the critiques. After that I set it aside for several years while I worked on other projects. At the beginning of 2014 I finally decided I was ready to share it with the world. After another round of revisions and polishing, it’s almost time for it to go public. I hope you enjoy it!