Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Erin A. Jensen and the books in The Dream Waters series!
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Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.
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I asked Erin A. Jensen to tell us how she balances life and writing and here is the response.
In addition to being a writer, I’m a part-time pharmacist and a mother. I’m not going to lie. Balancing writing and the rest of life is a challenge but if you want something bad enough, you find a way to make it work. Some writers get up at the crack of dawn and write while the rest of the world is still asleep. I’ll probably never be one of them. I’m not a morning person and if I haven’t become one by this point in my life, I doubt I ever will be. Other writers stay up late and write long after everyone else has crawled into bed. That’s not me either. By the time I get a chance to sit down, it’s usually after eleven o’clock at night. By then, I have just enough energy to curl up on the couch with my husband and watch something on television for a little while before bed. And by that, I mean I lay down on the couch, we turn off the lights and I’m asleep five minutes into the show. (My husband would tell you I’m snoring five minutes in, but I don’t think I snore. I’m blaming that on the dog.)
So, when do I squeeze in the time to write? I write during every spare second of the day. If I don’t have to be in to work until later in the day, I’ll sit down and write as soon as I’m done exercising (if I put that off till later in the day, it almost never happens because I’m not super motivated). If I have an hour between picking my son up from school and heading off for an evening shift at the pharmacy, I’ll sit down and write. Whenever I find myself with a little bit of downtime, I don’t turn on the television or nap or surf the internet, I write. And over time, little by little, all those minutes of writing add up. Paragraphs become pages, pages become chapters, and chapters become full length novels. It’s not a quick process, and there are plenty of moments when I wish I could just plop down on the couch and turn on the television. But I don’t because I love being a writer. I feel like it’s what I was meant to do.
Bottom line, there’s no magic formula for balancing life and writing. It’s different for every writer but the one thing that holds true for all of us, is that we put in the time. We sacrifice whatever we’re willing to do without. For me, that’s down time during the day. For others, it’s sleep. Whatever you choose, the important thing is that you stick to it. I promise the time sacrificed will be well worth it when you hold that finished book in your hands for the first time, or a reader tells you how much they loved your story. Life is short. Do whatever you have to do to make your dreams come true. You won’t regret it. I don’t think any writer ever looked back and said, “I wish I’d watched more T.V.”
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Book Two of The Dream Waters Series – Dream World
Recently released from a psychiatric facility after discovering that he is a dragon and his Dream Sight is not a delusion but a gift, Charlie Oliver sets off to accept the invitation extended by a powerful dragon and potential mentor to join his ‘family’ of Sighted individuals. As his demon guides begin to instruct him, Charlie quickly discovers just how little he actually knows about the Dream World and the creatures who inhabit it.
While Charlie stumbles through his lessons and struggles to bring out his inner dragon, Emma Talbot has her own struggles to deal with now that she’s been taken from the facility and placed under house arrest. Imprisoned within the same walls as the husband she suspects of being an adulterer and a murderer, Emma grows weaker while her world continues to crumble around her.
As Charlie begins to tap into his dragon instincts, he learns more about Emma’s past and becomes increasingly convinced that he needs to save her. But what if the very prison that binds her is the only thing protecting her from what lurks beyond?
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It was exactly the sort of evening that I relished slipping into. No moon, no stars, just the pitch black of the eternal night sky and the air that sweltered thick and hot enough to rob the breath from your lungs. I sat down on a boulder beside the seemingly bottomless pool of Water and watched the Water cascade into it from the rock high above. Dark and powerful, the Water fell without a sound. In fact, not a single sound emanated from the forest. Nothing dared make a sound in my presence. I sank into the darkness, merged with it, became it. Then I looked to the top of the canyon a short distance from the Waterfall and knowing black eyes blinked in the darkness, vowing to take my place as soon as I stepped away.
I turned as a creature noiselessly emerged from the forest. Dressed in a heavy black cloak, beads and potion flasks and the teeth of various beasts strung around his neck and waist, he walked upright like a man. But beneath his cloak, the creature sauntered toward me with the bestial grace of a predator. His skull and facial bones were the bones of a man, but no flesh covered them, just pure white bone gleaming in the darkness. A wiry tuft of black hair grew from the top of his skull and eyes darker than the starless sky searched for me through fleshless sockets.
Though he couldn’t see me, he stopped just inches from my feet. “How are you, my old friend?”
I stood and let the darkness slip away from me. “That depends on whether you can help us.”
The corners of his mouth lifted into a disconcerting smile. “Still the same ray of sunshine, I see. I’m well, too. And my journey was uneventful. Thank you for asking.”
I took a step toward him, and he instinctually took two steps back. “I’d lose that smile if I were you. And save the cleverness for your potions. No one here is in the mood for jokes.”
He shook his bony head. “I’ve missed you too, Darkness. You always were the life of the party.”
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Erin A. Jensen, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤