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Sometimes in life you’re faced with a difficult decision.  You have to stop and ask yourself, “How much am I willing to compromise to get what I want?  What is my dream worth to me?”

Many years ago B.C. (Before Computers), I was eighteen and my goal in life was to have a book published.  At the time, self-publishing was very expensive and the product didn’t look very good, so from the beginning, I wanted to be traditionally published.  For all you young folks out there, that meant typing your novel on a typewriter, correcting mistakes with Wite-Out or Correcto-Tape, very messy and time-consuming techniques, finding a box the right size, mailing it to New York, and waiting months for a rejection slip. This went on for years until something magical happened: personal computers and the internet.

Woo hoo!  Now I could cut and paste and delete with ease. Now I had my own printer instead of having to haul three hundred pages down to the copy shop. Now I could email queries and sample chapters, save tons of money on postage, and be rejected in no time, at all!  Then a real miracle happened.  After twenty years of sending manuscripts out and getting them back, I got an agent. Okay, this was it!  My future was assured!

Just one slight problem.

My agent said she could sell my book if I changed my hero to a woman.  My Grace Street series featured a private investigator named David Randall.  His best friend is a psychic named Camden.  He loves a young woman named Kary.  Way too many relationship probems to solve if David becomes Denise.

So I tried another angle. I wrote a book with a female PI, ex-beauty queen Madeline “Mac” Maclin and her con man boyfriend, Jerry Fairweather, and set this book in a small fictional town much like my town of Mt. Airy, NC.  I called it A Case of Imagination.  Okay, now we’re good to go, I thought.

My agent didn’t like it.

I’d waited twenty years for a breakthrough.  I finally had an agent.  She was telling me what I could do to get published, and I couldn’t do it.  I’d spent those twenty years creating characters I loved, and I had thirteen manuscripts all finished.  If I changed Randall, I had to change his entire world.  My entire world.

I couldn’t do it.

The hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make was the one I made to my agent. Many years later, I found Poisoned Pen Press.  They didn’t require an agent.  Ironically, the first book they published was A Case of Imagination, but since then, they’ve published four more of Madeline’s adventures and six of the Grace Street mysteries with everyone’s original gender intact.

I started my quest when I was eighteen.  I received my first book contract when I was fifty-five.  It took longer than I’d hoped to be an overnight success, but I learned a lot about myself in the process.  I’m grateful I didn’t have to compromise on my dream.

Over the Edge cover

About the book: Mel Worthington wasn’t sure what he’d find when he went over the edge into Fairyland.  There he was amazed to discover his mother was revered as a goddess known as the Diamond Queen.  Mel has a rightful claim to the throne, but his fierce bodyguard assigned to guide him tin this world has a claim of her own.

Riley Evensong knows it’s her destiny to rule Eldenfair and is suspicious of the human who’s been asked over by the reigning king to help solve a technical problem.  A strange social media fad called Flitter has all the young fae enchanted and is causing havoc.

Riley must put aside her resentment of Mel and Mel must comes to terms with his emerging magic so together they can save Fairy Tales from becoming warped beyond recognition.

Oh, and there’s talking animal sidekick, of course.

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Jane Tesh, a retired media specialist, lives in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown, the real Mayberry.  She is the author of the Madeline Maclin mysteries and the Grace Street Series. Her mysteries are set in fictional North Carolina towns and are on the light side with humor, romance, and a touch of the paranormal. They are published by Poisoned Pen Press. She is also the author of four fantasy novels, Butterfly Waltz, A Small Holiday, The Monsters of Spiders’ Rest, and Over the Edge, published by Silver Leaf Books.  When she isn’t writing, Jane enjoys playing the piano and conducting the orchestra for productions at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Link to author’s website or blog: www.janetesh.com

Link to excerpt: www.janetesh.wordpress.com

Link to purchase page: https://www.amazon.com/Over-Edge-Jane-Tesh/dp/1609752252/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=over+the+edge+jane+tesh&qid=1568404846&s=books&sr=1-1

Link to book trailer: https://youtu.be/SaNhpbljhF0 

 

 

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