Misha Gerrick Fantasy Author (A Writer’s Journey) – The Vanished Knight Book 1 by M Gerrick
BOOK 3 COMING SOON!
My Writing Journey
Thanks for having me over, Juneta!
I had a bit of an unconventional start to my writing journey. My maternal grandmother is a published writer in Afrikaans, my mother tongue, and she had over twenty children’s stories written by the time I was born, not counting the ones on radio and TV. So to me, stories have always been part of my life.
If I told my gran about a story idea I wanted her to write, she’d tell me to write it myself, and so began my flirtation with writing at the tender age of eight.
Around the age of thirteen, I really became serious about writing novels, when I had the first idea that I knew would have to become a novel. It didn’t pan out, but I didn’t stop writing either. It took me seven failed drafts to finish a story for the first time and, as luck would have it, that finished draft became the first and second books I sold to a publisher.
You’d think that was a start to an incredibly charmed life… You’d be wrong. The Vanished Knight wasn’t even published for six months before I started fighting to get my rights back. Long story as to why, but it wasn’t pretty and it left me so jaded with the industry that I decided to stick with self-publishing, at least until The War of Six Crowns is done. (Or, you know, I become world-famous and big publishers are beating down my door for the book rights. Whichever comes first.)
Right now, I’m chipping away at Book 3 in The War of Six Crowns. It’s a monster book, so it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the workload, but I’m taking it a word at a time. Eventually, it’ll be done. After that, I have three more sequels in this series and two in another, and a whole host of other stories waiting for me.
Where are you on your writing journey?
About Misha Gerrick
Misha was born and raised in South Africa, and currently lives near Cape Town with a small menagerie of dogs, cats, pigs, horses, and a parrot. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually editing or doing something artistic.
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The War of Six Crowns
The Vanished Knight
The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she’s sixteen, it’s ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another.
Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except…it’s not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died.
Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they’d lied about everything. Even who they really were.
Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan’s trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn’t an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim.
In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with.
One with a taste for destroying her life.
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The Heir’s Choice
After discovering her parents had kept a whole world secret, Callan races to discover her past. Not easy to do with an increasingly agitated entity inhabiting her soul.
Going to her long-lost elvish roots should answer all her questions. Instead, she ends up in the middle of a nightmare.
The elves are on the verge of an apocalyptic war. Their enemy, King Aurek of Icaimerith, will only be appeased if Callan marries his heir. It’s either her life getting messed up, or an entire country’s lives lost. Simple enough, right?
Because when the entity wants the elves blotted out of existence, saving them gets taken to a whole new level of complicated.
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September 12, 2017 @ 05:42
Great post. Love the variety of creative avenues that your writing takes.
September 7, 2017 @ 05:40
I too have been surprised by some things I wrote in another lifetime. LOL. That’s a good surprise! Enjoyed learning more about Misha.
August 28, 2017 @ 09:30
Having a grandmother with writing talent is wonderful. How lucky you were.
September 2, 2017 @ 02:31
Still am. She lives with us. 😀
August 20, 2017 @ 12:50
I am nestled quite comfortably between unknown and beating myself to put out more content. Constantly fighting between day job, family life, and having the mental fortitude to create content. 🙂
August 21, 2017 @ 01:11
Same here. It’s a constant struggle, where I’m constantly aware that I should probably be doing something else. 😀
August 20, 2017 @ 12:19
Its awesome reading about you. And its so great your grandma was a writer. I’ve followed/stalked you everywhere 🙂
August 21, 2017 @ 01:10
Hahahaha thanks, I saw. ^_^
August 18, 2017 @ 10:54
That’s awesome your grandmother was a writer. I love how she encouraged you to write your own stories instead of writing them for you. <3
August 19, 2017 @ 03:14
Yeah she was a great inspiration to me when I was a kid starting out.
August 17, 2017 @ 15:53
So interesting to learn more about your writing journey here. I didn’t know about your gran- but I love that she made you write down the stories you wanted instead of doing it for you. 😉 I also liked finding out about your path to publication. Wishing you all the best, Misha!
August 18, 2017 @ 00:42
Thanks! Yeah the fact that she made me do it myself even at a young age really did something about that awe and sparkle feeling people have about writing stories.
For me it was just something you did. Have an idea? Write it down. None of that “but I’m not worthy” crap.
Sandra Cox (@Sandra_Cox)
August 17, 2017 @ 09:58
I did not know about your grandmother, Misha. Fascinating.
Our career choice is a challenging one isn’t it?
Nice to meet you, Juneta.
August 18, 2017 @ 00:40
Oh yeah. I think anything in the arts is a neverending challenge. There’s always something to improve, always something to learn. 🙂
August 17, 2017 @ 07:16
I love hearing how other writers got where they are, kept the energy and enthusiasm. I love your covers, Misha.
August 18, 2017 @ 00:39
Thanks so much! ^_^
August 16, 2017 @ 07:03
Somewhere in the middle, and I’ve enjoyed ever step. Today I’m feeling lucky. 😉
Anna from elements of emaginette
August 16, 2017 @ 07:33
Always good to feel lucky. Means you’re on the right track. 😉
August 16, 2017 @ 06:59
It was interesting to learn more about Misha’s background. Sounds like her grandmother gave her the spark that kicked off her writing, which is great! And having read these books, I can vouch that she’s a fantastic writer. Can’t wait for the next installment.
August 16, 2017 @ 07:33
Awe thanks so much!
My gran definitely did spark my passion for writing. 🙂
August 16, 2017 @ 19:48
It was great to learn more about her. She did a great job with this post too.
August 16, 2017 @ 06:47
Wonderful post. I love hearing about other writers’ journeys. So cool you have the storytelling gene in your family! I’m still fighting to become more than a drop in the big ocean of the writing industry. Just have to keep pushing on. 🙂
August 16, 2017 @ 07:34
Same here. But one step at a time. 🙂
Visiting Juneta – The Five Year Project
August 16, 2017 @ 05:18
[…] lovely people! I just wanted to let you know that I’m visiting Juneta’s blog today to talk about my writing journey thus far. Hope to see you […]
August 16, 2017 @ 05:12
Thanks again for hosting me, Juneta!
August 16, 2017 @ 19:47
Your welcome. I’ve been out of pocket today. I love the post too. Inspiring.