Monthly Archives: September 2013
So out of curiosity, I googled “Chaysing Dreams”, and look what I came across. Apparently it’s a press release for Chaysing Dreams! 🙂 Don’t ask me what it’s for… I have no idea what all that means. But hey, I thought it was pretty cool. Here’s the direct link: https://www.prbuzz.com/books-publishing-literature/155069-finding-love-finding-herself-chaysing-dreams-published-by-outskirts-press.html
Here’s what it had to say:
Finding Love, Finding Herself: Chaysing Dreams Published by Outskirts Press
Denver, CO, and Bartlett, IL – Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby. The author’s most recent book to date is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the romance and suspense fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at http://www.outskirtspress.com/chaysingdreams was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.
As long as Tess can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?
Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. Then she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, he wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his over-protectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse her.
The more Tess tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. She is unexpectedly exposed to a world of deceit and danger, causing her to be running for her life. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?
Chaysing Dreams is an ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice.
377 pages in length, Chaysing Dreams is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the romance and suspense fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Chaysing Dreams meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $18.95.
Additionally, Chaysing Dreams can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/chaysingdreams.
About Outskirts Press, Inc.
Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.
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Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134
I recently was interviewed by Entirely Books. Thank you Entire Books for hosting me! Here’s the direct link for the interview: http://entirelybooks.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/author-interview-jalpa-williby/
It’s a good interview- so I’m posting it here as well:
Today I am happy to share yet another Q & A author interview. It’s an amazing thing to have been able to read her book and at the same time get to know her. I hope you enjoy today’s interview is with Mrs. Jalpa Williby author of debut novel, Chaysing Dreams.
Lets all welcome her and see what she had to say.
EB: So tell me a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book?
JW: I am married with three children. I work full time as a physical therapist. I decided to write Chaysing Dreams because I’m an avid reader and one day, I told myself, “I’m going to try to write a book.” Well, as my story developed and when I fell in love with the characters, I knew I had to pursue it.
EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
JW: I really haven’t thought that far. My short-term goal is to get the trilogy completed. Honestly, the fact that the readers are receiving the first one so well, is enough for now.
EB: Which writers inspire you?
JW: I love Khaled Hosseini. But to be perfectly honest, it was actually the Twilight Series that got me to read again. Life just gets too busy, and I stopped doing what I love doing-reading. Then I realized that I love writing just as much. And the cool thing is that I can control my own story.
EB: As we all know Chaysing Dreams is your debut novel, how long did it take you to write it?
JW: I started writing it about a year and a half ago. I finished writing it in about six months. But then the hard part came- the editing and the revising… and editing some more, and revising some more! It was tough!
EB: How did you come up with the title?
JW: I knew I wanted something with “Dreams” in it. I was talking to my best friend about it, who had read the original manuscript. And somehow the conversation went to “Chasing Dreams”. But she came up with the clever idea of “Chaysing Dreams.” Of course, after you read the book, you understand why it’s spelled that way.
EB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
JW: “There will always be ups and downs, twists and turns in our lives… When it’s all said and done, only you are in charge of your strength, your peace, and your happiness.” The main character, Tess, says this in her speech at her graduation.
EB: How much of the book is realistic or personal?
JW: I do tend to use some experiences from my personal life. Plus I have teenaged kids, so that definitely helped when Tess was a teen.
EB: If realistic or personal, are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
JW: Perhaps certain details or events are fabricated from personal experiences. But really the main plot of the story is totally made up from this crazy head of mine.
EB: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special to you?
JW: Tess is perfect- almost too perfect. Sometimes, you actually want her to make mistakes. But as the story goes on, we see that she is not as strong as we originally thought- she hits rock bottom. Tess is very special and it’s hard not to love her because she has a heart of gold.
EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
JW: Ha, I learned a lot! Let me put it this way, the thesaurus and dictionary.com were my best friends!
EB: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
JW: The editing and revising was tough. No matter how many times we’d go through the book, we’d still find mistakes. It was crazy.
EB: What do you do to get book reviews?
JW: I just request it. I either send them an email or some have a form to fill out on their website.
EB: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
JW: Most that I’ve asked have responded and gave me an honest review. I’m still new to all this, so I’m learning as I go. I’m sure I still have to ask for a ton more reviews.
EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
JW: Umm, no. I literally search Facebook or twitter. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing! It’s quite funny, actually. If anybody would like to give me any guidance, I’ll take it!
EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
JW: I absolutely read the reviews. I wrote for the readers so the reviews are very important. Luckily, the reviews have been positive so far, but the only way to grow and learn is from these reviews. Would I let them influence my writing? Probably to a certain degree, I would. I mean I write what’s in my heart- I put it all out there without worrying about anything else. But let’s say I get multiple reviews that say that I’m too wordy, or I don’t use enough details, then I’m going to address it. I want to work on my weaknesses.
EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
JW: Go for it! Life it too short, so follow your dreams.
EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
JW: Thank you for reading Chaysing Dreams! I hope in some small way, it made you smile.
EB: What is your writing routine?
JW: I work full time and I have three kids. So basically, whenever I can squeeze it in, I’m writing or marketing. It’s crazy! I walk around like a zombie half of the time!
EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
JW: I’m just so appreciative of everybody in the literature world. You’ve all been very helpful. When people like you review the books and give us your time to interview us, it makes a huge difference. It’s all about exposure and you guys help us get that. So thank you!
EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)
JW: I am working on the sequel! Don’t worry readers, Tess’s journey will continue in the next book! I’m not sure of the exact date. It’ll be some time in 2014 though.
EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
JW: I’m active on some social media sites.
Facebook page for Chaysing Dreams:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chaysing-Dreams/570671096296291
All this social media, wow! Boy, am I learning a lot!