Monday, October 29, 2012

Acknowledgements

I wanted to start this blogging business the right way by thanking those in my life who have been the most supportive, encouraging and ever diligent with their never ending patience and love. I honestly don’t know if I could have finished my first two books without them!

First there is my dear precious husband, Luis, I love him so. He was so neglected and often ignored while I whisked along in a writing frenzy and dug ever deeper into the madness that so often accompanies a first time author who is striving to write something that makes sense and is hopefully entertaining. This man of mind had to “share” me for the first time (other than with our little kitty), with a whole group of people – my characters! Suddenly, this over snuggled, attended to, overly indulged man of mine wasn’t getting his fair share. Oh, he suffered so. I have to admit, it took me a while to learn to balance it all. After all, I have a full time job already and writing is something I have to squeeze in on nights and weekends after I fulfill all my other obligations. I don’t know how female authors with children can do it! I really don’t. I had a hard enough time keeping my man...well, satisfied. What a trooper he is! Now that he’s been “broken in” to the life of living with an Author, and has come to understand that my second job hasn’t replaced him, but is also for him, he’s never to be found sulking. Oh no, this man will bring me a sweater when it’s chilly, fill my water cup, and even disappear outside doing yard work for hours on the weekends just so I can write and write and write. However, the occasional hop or two past my peripheral vision is usually a sign that he’s in need of some attention. No, it’s true. He hops. But like I said, I love this man.
There are two other people who have been priceless to me. My sister, Bethany and my best friend April. God, what would I have do without them?! I pestered them with so many calls and rants trying to calm my over active brain and spewed out my ideas on them relentlessly! Like they didn’t have full time jobs and families of their own? Now they had to put up with me. But they did so with such grace and always with positive encouragement and excitement for me. They were always giving me great feedback and never complained about how many times I resent changes to them to read over. And no, you can’t go ask them for details about the books, they’ve been sworn to secrecy of the most savvier kind – my kind.
So that’s it for today. Some acknowledgments to get me on my way. I think I’ll blog next time on what it was like to sit down and start writing a novel for the first time. If you’d like to relive it with me, please come back and read on.

Now I have to finish making chili for my day job’s chili cook-off. Keep your fingers cross that I win! Well, as long as they don’t burn their mouths off that is. I tend to like it hot. ;o}


R. J. Machado De Quevedo
Follow me on Twitter under @TheDeceiverBook

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ATTENTION: My Books are being Published!

ATTENTION: My Books are being Published!

The Deceiver, by R. J. Machado De Quevedo

Hello everyone! As some of you are aware and many of you may not, I am a new Fictional Author. This may come as a shock to many of you, or at least it was when I told you recently. Please don’t feel bad about that! It’s just that sometimes, when you are trying to do something big, and you feel in your heart how important it is, you want to keep it close to your heart. Sometimes it’s the best thing to do until you see it work itself out and come into fruition. It’s sort of like being pregnant and wanting to wait until after the first trimester before telling your friends and family.

Earlier this year, I finished writing the first two books of a series that I have planned out. How did happen you might wonder? Well, in December 2009 I had a very inspiring and vivid dream one night. I have no doubt that the Lord gave me that dream as it spoke into my live in a profound way and reignited a passion within me. The dream was very personal and stuck with me for weeks. It was through the meditation of the meaning within that dream that ideas began to explode and a story unfold within my thoughts. It became so incredibly exciting to experience the creation of layer upon layer of details that developed into the life and soul of my main characters.

I started writing the first book back in 2010 after sitting on the ideas for months! One thing was for sure, I knew I just HAD to write it out! Even if it never got published, I wanted to write it just for my own enjoyment and satisfaction! This was my first attempt ever to write a full length Fictional Novel. After it was finished, I prayed about where to send it for publishing. I knew that I did NOT want to self-publish. Nothing against anyone who has done that, but I just felt that if Traditional Publishers wouldn’t take a risk and publish me, then I probably shouldn’t try to make a career out of it someday.

After praying about it, I submitted my manuscript to the publisher I had at the top of my list, Tate Publishing. Within only four days I had a reply from their Associate Director of Acquisitions offering me a publishing contract! They wanted to publish my books!

We start the editing schedule November 1st. It’s going to be an intense 3-4 months of editing followed by 3-4 months of working with their production managers, graphic designer, artists, marketing directors and distribution group to get the book ready for distribution. It’s going to be a great experience. A lot of work, no doubt about that, but worth it! The first book will be on shelves and available online for purchase around Spring 2013! The second book will be released a few months after that, probably in late summer. I was finally able to carve out some time while I was recently away on a business trip and started writing the third book. So far, it's going good.

I am so excited and overwhelmed by God’s goodness and favor. Praise God! It just goes to show that you should follow the passions and desire that God places within you. You have a purpose, you have a destiny. God knows what’s best for you, trust him. Let him show you how to obtain your hearts desires.

If you’re wondering what kind of novel it is? It can be best described as a supernatural mystery thriller. I’m sure my publisher will try to tack it down into a more precise category, but some books are just hard to classify. Mine is no exception. There is something in it for everyone: Thriller styled mystery and drama, violence, passion, trauma, lust, romance, old fears, new threats, murder, cover ups, and the fierce loyalty of friendship. And of course, there are spiritual encounters of demonic influences and angelic intervention. Sound like something you might want to read? I hope so!

It is as realistic as it is fictional. So be prepared to deal with some real emotion, true to life events, and your own secret temptations.

My first book is called, The Deceiver, By R. J. Machado De Quevedo.

Thanks for reading!

R. J. Machado De Quevedo
(check me out on Twitter under @TheDeceiverBook )