Please give a warm welcome to my first ever guest blogger: Linda Hawley.

Today in this guest blog, I’d like to talk about my use of current events in Dreams Unleashed (book one of The Prophecies trilogy).

Here is one of the greatest aspects of being an Indie author: short lead-time before publication. Once I complete a manuscript, it goes to four test readers, who have a week to read, review, and fill out a survey. When they return them, I do a rewrite that takes about a week. Then, the new version of the manuscript goes to my content editor. The editing process takes about one month, and I do two rewrites. Publication preparation takes about a week or so. Therefore, from the time I complete the manuscript, I can be published in seven weeks. In comparison, publishing in a traditional route (i.e. New York publishing houses) takes 1 to 1 ½ years…yes, I did say years…before the novel is published. Because of the short lead time in Indie publishing, I can include current events in my novels that draw readers into my stories.

Let me give you an example. During the recent Tsunami in Japan, Dreams Unleashed was in the editing process. Since I was doing a rewrite, I decided to create a natural consequence (four years into the future) to the Asian fishing industry, as a result of the nuclear meltdowns caused by the Tsunami. Readers like to consider how current events may play out in the future.

In my first version of Dreams Unleashed (before it went to test readers or was edited), I had a many more current events in the manuscript. So much so that it became distracting to the reader. In the editing process, I lost 20,000 words! My editor made sure that if the event didn’t move the plot forward, or improve the characterizations, it had to go. So every current even in the novel now are all critical pieces that will unfold as the story does in the trilogy.

I see the trilogy as a way to voice some of the frustrations of the citizens of the world. In weaving those current events into the plot and subplots, I believe that I am making a bit of difference in the world. That is very satisfying for me, in a fictional story. It will be interesting to see what world events will be revealed as I finish writing book two of The Prophecies trilogy (to be published this summer).

I hope that you—the reader—will appreciate how I have fleshed out the characters in Dreams Unleashed, and that you will be hooked enough to want to read the rest of the trilogy.

Thank you for reading my stories,
Linda Hawley

Dreams Unleashed synopsis:
It’s the future year of 2015, where technology governs life. No one on the globe is free from being tracked through government RFID. The worldwide underground organization, GOG, is the one group equipped to fight against citizens’ loss of privacy. Ann Torgeson is a technical writer working for a tidal energy company—living a seemingly normal life in the Pacific Northwest—when her vivid dreams turn real. Is her training as a paranormal CIA agent when she was nineteen years old now altering the doorway between her subconscious and reality? When Ann starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down. Question everything you know is essential in this dystopian trilogy.

You can read a free sample of Dreams Unleashed at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051VDGJK

The eBook version of Dreams Unleashed is available for purchase now (for all eBook readers) at Smashwords, link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61373 and of course at Amazon, link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051VDGJK

My website is: http://lindahawley.com/
My blog is: http://lindahawley.com/b2e/blog5.php
The print copy of Dreams Unleashed is due to be published about June 10th.