I thought a Young Adult book would be a great idea to write for a first time novelist. I always loved family orientated books and movies and was searching for a story that depicts the human condition with all its splendor and frailties. What better way than through a surly cop who has to go back to earth in the body of his K-9 partner?
K-9 Cop started out as an original screenplay which received 1st place at the Huston International Film Festival and the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute among others. But as a first time writer it’s difficult to find a production company that will back your screenplay. An agent suggested I adapt my screenplay into a book to gain recognition. I took the advice and found the novel process more enjoyable and rewarding. It was a great writing experience since the story is so humorous and uplifting. After adaptation my novel won 1st place in The Good Read Novel Competition at awomenswrite.com.
After your idea, the empty page is the worst hurdle to overcome but once the words fill the void it’s easier to rewrite. In fact, writing is mostly rewriting.
Once the novel was completed I sent out numerous query letters to agents and publishing houses and no one wanted to even read a chapter of a first time novelist. I can start a bonfire with the rejection letters I’ve received. And get ready to hear from literary agencies that their roster is full and can’t accept any new authors, and publishing houses do not accept any unsolicited manuscripts. You see what first time writers are up against? For me, self-publishing was the only way out of this maze.
Then I heard if you have a self-published book with somewhat decent sales, publishing houses are more apt to take you seriously. No company wants to take a chance anymore; they want you to do the marketing for them. Consequently I self-published.
I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.
I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.
My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay. The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.
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