Title: Enslavement (One Bright Future, #1)
Publication date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc.
Author: Melinda Friesen
“One world. One currency. One bright future.”
That’s the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse–but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip.
When Rielle’s parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent’s crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract–a legalized form of slavery–and sold a wealthy, abusive banker.
The Banker’s secrets hold the key to Rielle’s freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family?
ABOUT MELINDA FRIESEN:
Melinda Friesen writes novels for teens and short stories. Her contest winning short stories have appeared in various periodical and an anthology. Enslavement, book one in the One Bright Future series, is her first novel.
A Note from Melinda Friesen
Greetings 6 Feet Under readers!
I almost laughed when I saw the topic for this blog post: how to handle pressure and writing under deadlines. How timely.
January hit like a snow plow. It all started with a meeting with my editor about One Bright Future book two, the sequel to Enslavement. A word came out of her mouth—a foul word. I will say it here, but brace yourselves, it’s a nasty one.
And then a few other words flowed after it—something to the effect of having to move the release date because she felt there was no way I could have the edits done in a month.
Was that a challenge I heard?
Okay, so one thing about me—I’m stubborn. Do NOT tell me what I can and can’t do. I did the 3-day Novel Contest once. I cranked out 35,000 words in under 72 hours and I got a solid eight hours each night and attended church. If I need to, I can get things done.
I kindly told her the following: the book needs to come out fall 2015, fans are waiting and I would have the edits done within the required month.
So now I had to deliver on my big talk. I make myself sound pretty tough, pretty confident, but on the inside I’m mush.
Commence meltdown. It was a small—teensy tiny really—meltdown where I questioned why I started writing, contemplated driving down to Safeway to get a job application, complained profusely to my husband and put on my touque (Canadian for stocking cap) and threatened never to take it off.
I gave myself two days to wallow, then it was time to get to work, so I sent the kids off to school and put on Katy Perry’s Roar and sang really, really loud. Then I plotted. I brainstormed. I bounced ideas off a writer friend. I determined how many pages I needed to complete each day
But wait, there’s more. Life is so funny sometimes. So, so funny. I also had five blog posts to complete by the end of January and then I got an unexpected email from another publisher. They’re publishing one of my short stories in an anthology, which had totally fallen off my radar with everything else going on. They sent me the proof to edit. Can you guess what the deadline is on that one? Yep, January 31.
And did I mention I have four kids and a day job.
So, my days are tightly scheduled. Every moment accounted for. I started on the biggest project and when I needed a break from that I worked on the smaller ones to give myself a much needed sense of accomplishment. I’m determined to make each and every deadline. I hate, HATE missing deadlines. Missing deadlines feels like failure to me. I don’t like that feeling so I’ll go to great lengths to avoid it. I will get it all done. . As of January 27, I’d finished all my rewrites and was 172 pages of 364 through a second light edit to smooth over the rough spots. Well on my way.
By the time this posts, I should be celebrating or sleeping or crying in the corner. I’ll let you know.
How do handle writing under pressure? Are you able to be creative with deadlines looming? What’s your hairiest deadline story? I’d love to hear it.