I have been working on a book series, Mysterious Warriors, since I was about thirteen-years-old. Now, fourteen years later, I have expanded my first book into a quartet and have several quartets to follow. The biggest lesson I have learned through this experience is to accept critique from those you trust and edits from those who will be brutally honest with you. When I was in high school, I didn’t want to get feedback, especially from my viciously direct older brother. After several years of not knowing how to fix the story I had “finished” when I was fifteen, I finally rewrote Mysterious Warriors into something much closer to how it is today. I had my mom, sister, and best friend read my draft and give me helpful feedback. About a month before I wanted to pitch my new draft at my first writing conference, I asked my brother to edit my book. I received it back from him less than a week before the conference, and he had a lot more feedback than anyone else had previously given me. My brother, who has a degree in Radio/TV/Film and works with incredibly creative people, gave me feedback like: all of your characters have the same personality and turn into you, you have too many characters, plots, and none of them are deep enough, and my “favorite” part of his critique: your book should be four instead of one. Yes. That’s exactly what you want to hear before you’re planning to pitch a book you’ve been working on for HALF your life at your first conference… However, my brother was completely right, and he gave me the most brutal, hardest to “fix” advice anyone had ever given me. And he was completely right. I reworked my book, which is now told in four books: Mysterious Warriors: Unity, Broken, Alone, and Redemption. When people ask me for advice about writing, I always say two things: just keep on writing because you can’t edit a blank page, and find someone who will rip your book apart so you can put it together better than it was before.
Mysterious Warriors: Unity is the first of a quartet about a group of young heroes who must come together and trust one another to protect the town of Whitehaven against the criminal organization of the Xanites. Unity will be free on Kindle, August 1-5, 2015.
About T. N. Hayden
T. N. Hayden and her husband live in San Diego. T. N. Hayden works for the San Diego County Library System as a Library Technician. She has dreamed of being a published author since she was nine. She is the author of the Prophecy Series and Mysterious Warriors Quartet.She is a member of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
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Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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