I Published My First Book

I always dreamed of the day when I could say this: I have officially published my first novel!

When the Mighty Fall is a young adult crossover novel that features deities, a tyrannical god, teen romance, high school drama, and more! Alora, a god banished to Earth as punishment for rebelling against the tyranical ruler of Above, attempts living her new life as an average high school girl. But she never dreamed she’d encounter another deity, Rurik Cade. Despite wanting nothing to do with him at first, she begins developing feelings for the attractive and beguiling troublemaker. Trouble finds her as she struggles with the guilt of abandoning her brethren in Above, but relishing in the happiness she finds. Nonetheless, her past won’t let her go so easily.

After meeting another banished deity, they set a plan in motion to return to Above so they can exact their revenge. But there will be many bumps in the road, both human and non. And it is her duty to push forward for the good and safety of all she loves.

“Amazing read! If you are looking for a book that will capture your attention until the last page this is it! From the first moment you meet Alora you can already feel yourself being drawn into her story, and need to be with her every step of the way. I felt her emotions with her, when dealing with her tormentors I felt one with her anger, and I felt her energy climb when her friends came around to ease her mind. I loved diving Into a world of the unknown with Alora and Rurik leading the way.
I found this novel to be engaging, and unique. So many times I thought I had figured out what was to happen next, only to be surprised by the whirlwind that would pick them up next.
If you’re still reading this review stop. This is your sign. It’s time to read the book!”

– Amazon Review

I began my novel, When the Mighty Fall, way back in my senior year of high school. At the time, I wrote it only for my friend Brittany. We’d both enjoyed reading the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, and I felt inspired to write something similar. The original draft featured angels, demons, nephilim, and other supernatural creatures. My main character was closer to my personality at the time, very timid and innocent. It was a solid first draft, but when I tried sending it to agents, it just didn’t feel right. So, I did what many writers advise, and set it aside. FOR FOUR YEARS.

Fast forward said four years to May 2020, Covid-19 hit and I had time. So, I dedicate myself to rewriting and completing When the Mighty Fall. And Christ, I am proud of the beauty it’s become. I completely reworked the plot, scrapping most of the old chapters and recycling what I could of dialogue and scenes. My main character, Alora, really transformed from that timid innocent angel into a proud and confident goddess who isn’t afraid to resort to violence when it comes to defending those she loves. Many of my characters remained, but I adapted them to a more modern, updated setting. I even worked on incorporating technology, specifically texting (because honestly, everyone has phones now).

When the Mighty Fall took approximately two months in total for rewriting, editing (3 rounds of it) before I felt confident enough to put it out for the world to see. I did choose to self-publish for a couple reasons, but primarily so I could get it out there. I really wanted to experiment with my writing style and see how it was recieved. While I do plan to traditionally publish from now on, I wanted to cut the time by publishing through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

When the Mighty Fall is now available on Amazon.com for Kindle for $2.99. I am in the process of fixing some errors in the original script. Afterwards, I plan on releasing a physical copy through Amazon.com as well! If you’re interested, please check out my book and leave a review with your honest thoughts.

Additionally, if you’re interested in seeing more of my writing progress and what I’m working on currently, check out my writing Instagram: sophieswritingcorner! I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with quotes, character boards, and more about my latest work in progress.

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