Happy New Year, and What I’m Reading.

A year has come to a close, and I think I can safely say that we are all very glad to see it go.  2017 remains a mystery, but I know that I plan to read, read, read.  That, of course, is no different than any other year.

So what’s on everyone’s reading lists this year?  Mine…well… it keeps growing.

I’ve got my bookmarks in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and I’ll be gobbling that up, and it’s sequel(s).
Hamilton: The Revolution.  I’m a bit obsessed with it for reasons that deserve it’s own blog post.  And this book delivers!
I wrapped up the Throne of Glass series (or what is out so far) by Stephanie J. Maas, so I’ll be moving on to her next series while I impatiently wait for the next in Aelin’s saga.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I devoured the Lunar Chronicles.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  I adored Shadow and Bone and it’s sequels.  I can’t wait for this one.
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansson.  Oh, I love this series.  I’m chomping at the bit for this one.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is in my library.
Re-Reading Harry Potter.
Wandering Star and it’s sequel by Romina Russell.  I loved Zodiac.  And not just because I’m a Cancer (actually, I’m a Gemini-Cancer cusp).
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
I have to finish Scott Westerfield’s series, I’m on Pretties.
Pharaoh by Karen Essex.  I was enthralled by Kleopatra and her intelligent, well researched and beautifully written narrative.

Pretty much, I’ve set myself up with a bunch of series, which are my favorite.

I’m always, ALWAYS, up for suggestions.  And perhaps consider adding Turned/Red to your own list?  I’m shameless, I know.

Why “E.Logan?”

E. Logan is a pen name.  My real name doesn’t even sound like my pen name.  So why?  Why use it?  Well… the answer isn’t a short one.

Quite a few people who know me personally have asked why I used a pen name.  It’s a reasonable question, but it’s a pretty long-winded answer, so I usually just shrug and say: I’ve been using it since middle school.  Yes, that part is very true, but there’s a bit more to it, so I thought I’d address it.

Tons of authors, performers, artists use alternate names for their work.  Sometimes it is out of necessity (with unions and the like.  Luckily, my real name is still available.  So far).  Sometimes it is for a reason.  Either way, it’s a deeply personal decision, and I respect the decision not just because I made it for myself, but because it’s a reflection of how someone wants to present themselves.

Now, mine starts off a little silly and whimsical.  I was a kid, literally, and I had big dreams of being a house-hold named actress (I haven’t given up the dream of being a successful actress, I just don’t see the need to be a house-hold name so long as I keep telling stories).  I wanted to keep that life and success as a writer separate, so they could stand on their own merits and not piggy-back off on each other.  Not a bad sentiment, really.  I use this idea for my “cosplay” endeavors to keep my personal online presence for myself and close friends.

I, also, wanted a unisex name.  I was keenly aware, even as a middle schooler, that writing fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian was a man’s world.  More than ever, I am thankful that women had burned that door wide open.  But this was over a decade ago and we hadn’t made their break-through yet.  Well, at least not in the numbers that it is today.  So, I picked one.  E. Logan.  To figure out why it was “E.Logan” would be a mystery, even to adult-me.  It was probably a combination of notebook pages of random name combos and online name generation (through dial-up no less).

From that point on, whatever I wrote, I used that name.

As I begin what I hope to be a successful career as a storyteller, I stuck with the name.  There’s sentimentality attached to it.  Growth, from this little middle schooler who snuck pages and pages of writing into the back of her planner with tiny, tiny writing, to an adult to has self-published her first book.  It has become a part of me.

I toyed with the idea of using my real name.  I even made up cover art with my name.  It didn’t look right.  It didn’t FEEL right.  E. Logan felt right.  It was the writer side of me.  I couldn’t deny her the right to call herself by her name.

A Little Side Project

Now that my first book is available to purchase (head up to the Books page to check out where you can get it!), I’m working on my next major writing project.  It will be an epic paranormal fantasy project, a place where I have longed to juggle to write, so I’m going to work on it.  But it’s a slower project than my other book, or even anything else I’ve written.  There are a great many little plots to juggle and make sure they have the time to grow, and that’s exciting, but it means not rushing like a fool straight in.  I’m excited for it.

In the meantime, while I work out the kinks in that story, I want to keep in practice, which brings me to my little “side project.”  I got it in my head to write short, 1000 (at least) word “chapters” to a little story, and post the results on FictionPress for everyone to read.

breeder1It’s a different sort of story, and not the YA read that Turned/Red is, but it is set in a political future that isn’t so bright.  A young woman, one of the rebel forces that call themselves “The Mutineers,” has been taken into custody one last time.  While she’s used to being chained, and beaten, usually she is released.  Not this time.  This time she has made herself noticed by the upper reaches of society who want to re-make her into a slave, a slave called a Breeder.  They want to make an example of her.

As you can see, my love of George Orwell and Margaret Atwood are alive and well.  But if you’d like to read along, please do!  You can bounce over to FictionPress today to read the first “chapter!”

Turned/Red is ready for you to own!

It’s been awhile since I wrote here.  And for good reason!  That reason is now ready for the public: my book can be yours to own!

It wasn’t an easy road, but boy, was it a rewarding, creative, and educational one.  I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.  I never went into this thinking it was going to be easy, but knowing and going through it are very different things.  But if you’re prepared for it?  If you know you’re going to struggle but make it through?  Do it.  You’ll want to have this moment, because it feels so, so good.

Turned/Red is available exclusively as a Kindle eBook, but also a print-on-demand book through Amazon, and Barnes & Noble!