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Nephilim Quest 4 / The Book of the Dead / 180.000 words (now at 127.000 words)

Creature Wars 2 / now planning the plot

Space Witches 3 / 75.000 words FIRST DRAFT DONE, NOW EDITING

7 Shabtis 2 / Pillar of Death 60.000 words (now at 1000 words)

Bastet Mysteries 50.000 words (now at 26.000 words)

have my readers ever surprised me?

IWSG monthly post

Sometimes writing is a really lonely business - the market is fierce and it takes a lots paddling to keep the head above the water - staying visible in the sea of all the books published each year.  The Amazon algorithms forget your book in a few days unless they somehow go viral in social media. And pirates abound - either stealing the book and giving it away for free, stealing the author's income - or spreading viruses when a wannabe reader clicks the link they have thinking they will get the book for free (which they didn't have in the first place).

But being a writer means there is this passion for writing - and that's why I keep on writing. Maybe one day I'll write that bestseller :)

Still, occasionally, my readers reach out to me and often that happens the very moment I feel there is no point in writing (yes, well, those moments don't come often, and the next day I am back to the old keyboard). 

One of my first surprises came from a blogger when I published my very first book The Nephilim Quest 1 / Shadowhunter. She wrote a glowing recommendation, saying she had never read the like (in a good way). I almost had tears in my eyes. It was about 500 pages after all and took a lot of work to write - as it moves in three levels in time. Research for the ancient Egyptian part took a while.

And one day I got a very sour message from a reader to my email. Saying it would be polite to answer emails. I was baffled - I had never even heard of her. I searched with her email address from my files - nothing. And then I thought to look at the spam-folder. Yep. There it was. Had to apologise both for my over-eager spam filter and for myself for not having checked the spam folder for a while. To my surprise she turned out to be a fan and even sent me a box of cookies. (Now I would not normally eat anything sent to me by a stranger, but we weren't strangers at that point, so I indulged myself. Yummy!)

I have a Facebook page where it is easy to say hi - so if you are my reader, go check it out. 

Are you a writer? Did your readers ever surprise you? Or did you as a reader reach out to a writer?

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The first book you get for free is the Prequel to Nephilim Quest: Angel.

Over two hundred years before Nephilim Quest 1 / Shadowhunter the roots of the story are planted.

A little girl missing her mother, in the palace of the mightiest of the dark Nephilim, hoping for an escape ...  

This book is not for sale anywhere - only readers who have subscribed to my mailing list will get it.

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