Editing can be fun!

I’ve recently hit the gas on getting it edited because I feel there are great possibilities with this series. The story alone is so grand that it couldn’t end with just one book. 

I have been making a habit of having everything read aloud, either by myself, someone else, or this great little online text-to-voice application. 

It’s been really fun to hear my characters come to life! For many fiction writers, our characters live inside us and they almost become like our family. To be honest, they sometimes appear in my dreams telling me about things that have happened. Or fuss because I’ve removed a part of their story (don’t think I’m a crazy lady). 

Charlee, in my case, is the most vocal. When I would take a long rest from writing, she would constantly be telling me to get back to it. Samantha (one of my editors) can attest to this as I have whined about it to her many times. 

Reading their parts aloud yesterday, felt almost like they were in the room, acting out their scenes. We would laugh heavily at their little quips or for being silly teenagers. Kelsey literally growled as she can now see the little hidden parts that are laced throughout the book. Which is good because it means I hid them well!


I am excited to share these stories with you and will be incredibly sad when it’s over. Here’s another random excerpt:


He and Charlee have been friends since the day Richard Morgan (‘Foreskin’) shoved her off of the monkey bars in an argument about who was there first. Chris, seeing a girl in distress, sought vengeance by surprising Richard with a broken nose just before he reached the wood chip floor. Chris still claims the three day suspension was worth it.



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Erika Damn Castle!

I've always been told that I'm an adventurous girl and I cannot deny any of it. I would love to see the world and experience all of the stories it has to tell me. I am a child of the arts, developing my senses in music, painting, sketching, crafting, et cetera. But writing... it was a talent I believe I was born with. I'm not saying I'm an amazing (grammatically correct) author, just that I'm a natural storyteller. I can remember from the time that I learned how to read and write, I was eager to create my own world. I would scribble out tons of poems and short stories, then forcibly share them with my family (or even with my classmates). One of those stories resulted in the creation of this blog. Black Tears. As a child with an already wild imagination, I would always have these equally crazy dreams. One of those dreams was so vivid, that I awoke in the middle of the night and jotted down everything I could remember. From that point, the dream evolved into a poem, then a short story, and then to a complete story. It is the fruit of my 20 year procrastinating labor, and has been published into a book (the first of its series). Tune in to stay updated on the growth of myself as an author and the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have loved creating it! XX , Erika

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