Thursday, 6 February 2014

Guest Post ~ Michelle Graves

Michelle  GravesMichelle Graves ~ Author of The Chronicles of Izzy

Michelle Graves is a self-proclaimed nomad, moving every two to three years with her husband the Army man, her beautiful daughter, and a fat tailless cat named Torri. When she is not writing away trying to purge her mind of yapping characters she can be found entertaining her daughter, attempting to craft (whilst trying not to injure herself with the glue gun), baking yummy treats, or reading. She admits to having a restless spirit and forces her family to go out on adventures whenever possible. They lovingly play along. 

Find out more on her Facebook Page , Twitter, Goodreads or on her Blog.

You can find her books on Amazon

Guest Post

Am I going crazy?
About three years ago I seriously considered having myself committed and it was all because of Izzy. She showed up in my head one day, demanding that I listen to her story. I tried to ignore her, really I did. I mean, who listens to the voices in their head? Unfortunately, Izzy would not be refused.

After two years of ignoring her, repressing her voice, and going out of my way to avoid being in quiet rooms I couldn't deny it any longer. I had to get her out of my head, and so my journey as a writer began.

I suppose I should back-track a bit. I've read countless times where authors say "I've been doing this my whole life." That isn't me. I wrote poetry when I was younger, but never stories, and never anything longer than three pages. I've always loved books. Heck, I even enjoyed writing research papers. Looking back, that should've told me something. Yet, when I went off to college, I became a studio art major. I played in clay and painted pictures. I immersed myself in Art History and reveled in it, until I didn't. Towards the end of school I realized something was off. While I loved art, and being able to express myself creatively, I still felt something was missing.

Then life came about. I married my absolute best friend, the husband, and we had a beautiful daughter, Squish. My life was beautiful, my family perfect, but I still felt a need to find some sort of creative release. It wasn't until that day, when I finally gave in to the voice in my head, that I knew.

I'm a writer.

Two published books later, and one in editing and it all still feels surreal. That day that I sat down to let Izzy tell her story was the day that everything clicked into place for me. I am a writer.

But really, when I think about it, Izzy is the writer. She just decided to inhabit my brain. I wonder what it was that created her, and her world of Seers and Guardians. Was it some subconscious need to find an emotional release? Was it some inadvertent way for me to face my deepest fears? Whatever it was, I am so grateful that I finally let her have her say.

If you want to find out more about the stories in my head, feel free to delve into The Chronicles of Izzy. It is an Epic ride, to be sure!

About the Books
See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy, #1)See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy #1)

One delivery changed her whole life.

Izzy was a normal girl living in Chicago as a bike messenger before that fateful day. She delivered one package and set into action a chain of events she never could have expected.

Now she is running for her life from the Corporation, her best friend is not at all who he seemed, and to top it all off she keeps having visions.

Will she survive to navigate the waters as a Seer? Will her feelings for Kennan be her very downfall? Find out in See How She Runs.

See How She Fights (The Chronicles of Izzy, #2)See How She Fights (The Chronicles of Izzy #2)

She thought it was over.
She thought her life was finally her own.
She was wrong.

Izzy is thrust back into the world of Seers and Guardians. With a summons from the Council she can't ignore, Izzy heads back into the fray. Now, it is up to her to figure out why Seers are being sacrificed, carved up, and left for ruin. If she doesn't find the person orchestrating the deaths, she may well be next.

If that wasn't enough, her powers have started to expand exponentially. Kennan is keeping secrets. Moreover, a strangely familiar Symbol-smith starts wreaking havoc on her precariously balanced world.

Will Izzy survive this latest crisis? Will she stop fighting destiny and accept her fate? Find out in See How She Fights.

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