Sodaro's Stories

October 16, 2017

Keep Coming Back

So far in my author life, I have self-published a single (Whatever you Make of It), a double (Arianna’s Honor and Arianna’s Destiny), another double (Broken Trust and  Redeeming Trust), and a trilogy (Lucky Charms: First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick). I have potential ideas for a 2nd Whatever, a 3rd Arianna and a 4th Lucky Charms: Quarterfinals. I don’t currently have any ideas for a 3rd in the Trust books, though I cannot imagine my time with Sam and Ali is really done.

One one hand, I love these characters–I know them and love them, in fact have known and loved them for years now. They are my friends, and now that they are published, they are my readers’ friends as well. People have asked me for more. More Jac and Jyn (Whatever), more Ari, more Sam and Ali, more Lilly and the Lucky Charms crew. I love that they want more. I love that my characters have become real to my readers…and that my readers want more. I want to give them more, because that means I get to play with my old friends more.

On the other hand, there is this…

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And if I keep revisiting old friends, how will I ever make progress with new friends? It’s the same as going back to the same ex…the same memories…rather than starting over with something new. There is comfort in the familiar, but there is also the promise of something you have never experienced before…

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October 11, 2017

Closure

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Yesterday, I was standing in a classroom at a university…which at a time not too long ago, was the ultimate dream…to get my PhD and teach future teachers…pass the torch and help those who came after me…that was the goal for such a long time…until it wasn’t.

When I quit teaching in April, I felt good about my decision to focus on being an author. I felt a peace about my decision, which always lets me know I am on the right path…but there was a small part of me that wondered, if I was misreading the signals, making a mistake, if I would have regrets.

Yesterday, I stood in the classroom and waited for 3rd and 4th grade tiny humans to come for their sessions about poetry…and I also waited for that tiniest of twinges that I was supposed to be back in a classroom, and all I felt was that I was an author, about to talk to (and hopefully inspire) future authors. There was no longing, no love lost sickness, no ‘how could I walk away from this,’ in fact there was nothing but closure. That chapter of my life is closed…and my soul is at peace.

October 10, 2017

Talking Poetry to Kids

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A few weeks ago, a friend from high school asked me if I would be interested in talking to groups of kiddos about poetry. She had remembered how much she had enjoyed my poetry when we were in school (and what a compliment that was, for someone to remember enjoying something I wrote over 20 years later).

I told her I would love to do that. I didn’t even hesitate. Is it outside of my comfort zone. Yes…very far, in fact…but what an amazing opportunity.

And also, what a not so subtle reminder, that I need to work on my poetry again. For too long I have avoided feeling too much and my writing has suffered…and my poetry writing has been reduced to little bits of lines here and there, captured on bits of paper or added to my ColorNotes in my phone…all waiting for “someday” when I will write them.

It’s time to do poetry again. It’s time to work on Shades of Blue. It’s time to open those doors….and what better way than talking to groups of kiddos.

 

October 2, 2017

Stacks o’books

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My book count is up to 8…the goal is to have two more out by the end of this year…but as I turned the calendar page to October, I wonder if that is feasible. Have to say though…this stack of books always makes me smile. It makes me remember why I am doing things. Why I am making my life more difficult…it is for this stack of books and how I want it to grow.

I remember in 2011, when I held Whatever you Make of It for the first time with its beautiful green cover…all of the projects in my head gathered around and collectively gasped…they each wondered when it was there turn…and I knew then what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Now the stack is 8 books high…and I am still just as giddy when I hold each new one for the first time. And there is still the collective gasp of future projects. Each will get your turn, dear projects, I promise you that.

All of my books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. I am working on audio books as well.

September 16, 2017

And then there were four…

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So my friend and I were at lunch a while back and she said she wasn’t ready for Lucky Charms to be over yet. I could totally empathize with her, I love this group of characters too. I have held them in my head, getting to know them and letting the world know about them little by little. Everyone loves Lilly…and how could you not. I have never wanted kids of my own (20 years of teaching and I feel like I have hundreds of kids)…of course if I could have a Lilly, then how could I resist that?? I find myself wanting to put a quarter in a jar every time I swear. So, of course, I understood not being ready to say goodbye.

But I have paired all the athletes up.

But JD? What about JD? Doesn’t he deserve a story?

Well hell…without JD, the series wouldn’t have even started. He was the Super Fan I saw at that Mavericks game so many years ago. He was up and dancing and getting the crowd pumped up…and I knew he was JD…and then he “introduced” me to Josh and Dillon…and once I met Lilly, I knew I had to write these books. He also told me about Chris and Stacey, and Ty and, of course, he introduced me to his sister, Mackenzie. He started the whole thing…so how could he not have his own Lucky Charms story?

So a 4th book was born. Quarter-Finals will be written this November and published next year. It’s only fair, after all.

September 14, 2017

Hat Trick

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Hat_Trick_Cover_for_Kindle The third book in the Lucky Charms series is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

Ty Cole plays for the Kansas City Mavericks and watched his two best friends, Josh Matthews and Chris Jasper, find their Lucky Charms in Dillon and Stacey, respectively, and he couldn’t be happier for them. As far as having a woman in his life, he is pretty sure they are all crazy or something about him makes them insane, so he is just going to keep it safe and avoid the fairer sex.

Dr. Mackenzie Wilson lost her job and her fiancé in one swoop and is just trying to put her life back together. She gets a job as the doctor for the Mavericks (thanks to her SUPER FAN brother, JD) and finds herself falling (both literally and figuratively) for Ty Cole.

Will she be his Lucky Charm and help the team win the Kelly Cup?

From the time this novel started until now, both the arena and the name of the team changed, so I figured I should get this one out before they changed anything else.

September 12, 2017

Refresh

Filed under: Uncategorized — michelle sodaro @ 2:17 pm

I decided while I was finishing Hat Trick, that I would add a new ritual to my book writing process. A sort of cleansing of the mental palate, if you will. There is such an amazing feeling once I send a book off to print and release it out into the wild. With my first couple of books, there was a panic…what if I clicked send too early? What if she wasn’t really ready? How do I un-send (a wish I have also had with more than my share of text messages as well)?

Now I know that there is no perfect draft, no perfect anything, really, which takes a lot of pressure off. I am excited to have people meet characters and get stories which previous to my clicking send, only existed in my mind.

My new cleansing ritual is after I click send, I am going to go to a hotel for a couple of nights. Pack away the novel I just sent out into the world and unpack the next novel I am working on…so in this case, I packed away Hat Trick (not too far into the mental attic though, November will be here soon and book four in the Lucky Charms series will be my NaNo for 2017).  I unpacked Driven West and started the process of adding to the draft. At current, she is weighing in at a little over 57,000 words (thank you, NaNo 2014), so I have some work to do.  Since Driven West is my first mystery, I also have some misdirection and sneaky-sneakyisms to add.

The retreat was refreshing and just what I needed to clear my mind of book #8 and start planning book #9. I also used the time to do some planning for NaNo 2017 (50k words in 30 days doesn’t happen without some serious planning). I also made a game plan for the rest of 2017 as there are (only *gasp*) 16 weeks left of the year. It was a great ritual and one I will continue at the completion of each book!

August 4, 2017

Kansas City

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So, people who know me, know that I am a die hard Chicago fan. I love my Bears, my Bulls, my Blackhawks, and my Cubbies (no, I am not a White Sox fan). My love for Chicago teams is strong…even though I have lived in the Kansas City area for quite some time. (I fully support KC teams…as long as they are not playing my boys).

When I decided to write my Lucky Charms series (as well as when I decided to write Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust), I at first started with the Chicago area because it made sense to write about the teams who had my truest loyalty…and then I switched to writing about Kansas City, because though my sport’s heart still beats for Chicago, my heart is in the Kansas City area. I love living here…the small towns, the sprawling city that spans two states, the beauty of the different areas of Kansas City (downtown, Westport, Overland Park, Legends, Union Station, the WWI museum, etc. etc. etc.). I wanted to celebrate the area which has been my home for most of my life. I love being KC proud…except on game days, where I cheer on KC teams, but am usually wearing the wrong colors.

First Down and Stealing Second (as well as Broken Trust and Redeeming Trust) are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

August 1, 2017

Check this out at Amazon.com

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Stealing Second: Book Two of the Lucky Charms series https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711VQPYP/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_nEjGzbMW2HX85

July 23, 2017

Broken Trust

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Broken Trust https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0731FGJSZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_6s3CzbMVAP4HK

This is on sale for a short time. I recently re-read (and fixed a few minor edits) and every time I read my book, I still laugh and cry at the same parts. I live these characters and hope you do too. And their sequel is Redeeming Trust, also available on Amazon

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