The Author of the Vampire from Hell Series Returns
Hi, I’m Ally Thomas and I’m a writer. Today, fellow author friend Emily Walker asked me to be on the “Not So Famous Authors” blog. I readily agreed because Emily is a wonderful author and a supportive friend in the world of Indie Authors.
This blog is described as being one that "Much like the Not Ready for Primetime Players, there is a group of amazingly talented authors on the cusp of stardom. They gather here at the Not So Famous Author's Blog to tell you all about writing and smashing your head on a desk. Not just the writing part."
When I read that part, I almost hesitated to be on the blog today because I don’t feel I’m an amazingly talented author or on the cusp of stardom. I should probably tell you why.
Briefly, I can tell you the last installment of my series I wrote was over a year ago. That’s a tough statement to say even now or share with the world. But it’s okay because I know what that really means. It means I haven’t given up, not yet and I’ve returned to writing.
I may not be a famous author some day. I may not even be a talented writer (if you read some of my reviews), but I have something far more enjoyable. I have readers out there who want to read more of my stories, especially the Vampire from Hell series. For me, that’s what writing is all about. Sharing it with others is the whole point. And thankfully, my readers are the ones who brought me back to writing.
Here’s the longer part to this story…
No one tells you when you start out as a person pursuing a creative profession such as writing that you may have more on your hands than just the act of writing. When I published my first story, The Vampire from Hell – The Beginning (Part 1) in early 2011 on Amazon, I had accomplished a goal I had wanted to achieve my whole life. I had published something! I was beyond excited about the new journey of writing.
In the summer of 2012, soon after finishing Parts 2 and 3 of my series, I fell into a writer’s block. Long before I took up writing, I really thought writer’s block was some lame excuse authors made up. At the time in 2012, I didn’t understand what was wrong, what had happened, or why I couldn’t write the next part in my series (Part 4). The ideas stopped, my imagination dried up, and my characters were silent.
Now, looking back, I see it very clearly. I had burned myself out. I had pushed myself further in the first year of writing than I should have, and I had destroyed my creative self. I had been working two jobs, my day job and waking up at 3 am to do my writing. With everything else related to my personal life, I had to also keep my world as an Indie Author moving forward. I worked feverishly to promote, market, and share my stories with many new readers. It soon dawned on me, as an Indie Author, just how much time promoting and marketing takes away from writing.
Before I knew it, I had dug a hole for myself, jumped in, and was buried neck deep.
That’s the basic reason I stopped writing. There are a few other reasons, but I won’t go into them here. My way out of my writer’s block was to put everything on hold. I thought the best plan of action would be no action. What do you do when you have destroyed the one thing you’ve always wanted to do? I’ve dreamed of being a writer for as long as I can remember. I had to accept that I had failed to finish my series, and that there was a good possibility I may never finish it. I had to figure out a way to fix it, not just drop it.
Ultimately, I didn’t want to leave writing. Normally that is what I do when I realize a creative project has run its course. I just stop. But writing is more in my blood than anything else. It’s like breathing. And even though I knew it was painful at the time to breath, I had to figure out a way back to the keyboard. That was the real challenge because I had to face myself and a lot of demons to become productive again.
Around Thanksgiving 2012, I opted to write a few paranormal romance stories. I wanted to see if I could do something different. I thought even if I couldn’t write on my current series, maybe I could at least write something. During the Spring of 2013, I wrote and published a few stories under two pen names and it helped me see just how much I like the genre of fantasy I write in and how talented many of the romance authors I know truly are.
So with all that being said, I found my way back to the keyboard in the late Spring. I continued to get emails and posts from readers who loved reading my books and wanted to know more about my heroine’s story. With their encouragement, I decided to give this whole writing thing another try. That’s why today I can confidently say I have decided to relaunch my series, The Vampire from Hell.
Today I’m revealing all four new covers for each installment:
· The Beginning – Part 1
· A Vampire Among Angels (Part 2)
· A Vampire On Vacation (Part 3)
· The upcoming The Vampire from Hell Returns (Part 4)
I’d like to thank Cora with Cora Graphics for creating covers for Part 1, 3, and 4. Humblenations.com created Part 2’s cover.
Also today I’m happy to announce a revised Anniversary edition of the first 3 parts of my series will be available soon. I’ve included the cover for you to view. I made that one :D This release will be called “The Vampire from Hell Revamped” and it will be available in ebook and paperback before “The Vampire from Hell Returns (Part 4)” is released.
Primarily this is for my fans, who have stood by me through thick and thin. But readers new to the series can enjoy the book as well. I’ve included several new scenes, character sketches, story insights and behind the scenes information. I think it may be a fun way to re-read the series and get ready for the next installment that is on its way. Please note: the overall plot of the series up to Part 3 (A Vampire On Vacation) has not changed. Various chapters have been elaborated upon for the enjoyment of readers and my fans.
You can start my series, the Vampire from Hell for free. Also I have several free ebooks available that you may like to check out. Go to http://www.allythomas.com for more links and more information.
I’d like to thank Emily for inviting me to be on the “Not So Famous Authors” blog today and for letting me share this today with you. Feel free to share your comments on the covers and/or anything I discussed in this article. I’d love to hear from you. You can also email me at ally at allythomas dot com.
About the Author
Ally Thomas loves writing fantasy and paranormal books for that showcase vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, and any furry monsters who go bump in the night. Her paranormal fantasy series, The Vampire from Hell has been on the Top 100 Amazon bestsellers list in Fantasy since its first release in 2011.
Ally lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and is currently working on the next installment of the Vampire from Hell as well as exploring her passion for vampire romance with a new YA paranormal romance series called The Moon Journals.