Books, Writing


December 22, 2010

I used to want to be a marine biologist. This was mostly because I loved ocean life and thought being a marine biologist meant I could swim with the dolphins every day. Doesn’t that sound like a nice job? As I grew up and found out the true lives of marine biologists my aspirations shifted a bit. 🙂

Books have always played an important role in my life and I am lucky to have parents who fueled my love for books and never prohibited me from reading. So it wasn’t a big surprise to anyone that I eventually realized I wanted to be a writer. The idea of writing books for a living floated around my little head for a while, but it wasn’t until I read a little book called Twilight that I knew writing was what I really wanted to do, that it was something I craved.

As my love of reading continued to grow, it led me to reviewing books for Schuler Books and Music. Through that, I have befriended authors, made a blog and have befriended several more authors as well as other book lovers. I started this blog to share my thoughts on books, but most importantly to talk about my writing and my journey to publication.

Well, everyone, I made it. My journey has reached its first destination. It was announced earlier tonight on Twitter, but here it is:

The California based independent publisher, Pendrell Publishing, will be publishing my book, Hunted, sometime next year. You may recognize Pendrell’s name as the publisher behind Lani Woodland’s debut, Intrinsical. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect home for Hunted and I couldn’t be more excited to start working with the Pendrell team.

Before I end this, I wanted to thank all of you for your never-ending support. You have embraced me, my blog, and my writing with open and loving arms and I cannot express how grateful I am for that. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to sharing more news as Hunted grows from a Word document to an actual book.

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  • Reply Alex Bennett December 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Congratulations, DJ!

  • Reply thereadingdate December 22, 2010 at 2:50 am

    How exciting – congratulations! Looking forward to hearing more about Hunted.

  • Reply Ron Lichtenstein December 22, 2010 at 2:57 am

    ***Very impressive! All the BEST from Chris Kate and Ron Lichtenstein***

  • Reply Susan December 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. Best of luck to you and the book.

  • Reply Diana December 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Congratulations! That’s really nice!

  • Reply John The Bookworm December 22, 2010 at 3:19 am

    *claps* Congrats, DJ! You deserve this! Can’t wait to hear more about Hunted!

  • Reply Audrey (holes In My brain) December 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

    wow, congrats!! =D

  • Reply Erika December 22, 2010 at 4:28 am


  • Reply Keri December 22, 2010 at 4:30 am

    That’s so exciting, DJ, congratulations! I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be eagerly waiting on more info leading up to the release! *hugs*

  • Reply Melissa December 22, 2010 at 4:36 am

    CONGRATS DJ!!!!! I’m so proud of you! Best of luck! <3 Melissa (and the rest of the Bloems!)

  • Reply Beverly December 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Congrats! Wow – I can’t imagine how great it must feel! I can’t wait to read it! Keep us posted on ordering information – you know we are all going to want to be able to buy signed ones!

  • Reply Natalie (Mindful Musings) December 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

    How exciting! Congratulations! I’m actually reading Intrinsical right now, and really enjoying it! Can’t wait til your book is out in the wild! 🙂

  • Reply Abby December 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations, DJ!!

  • Reply Precious December 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    That’s so awesome DJ! 🙂 I’m glad you’ve found a publisher! congrats!

  • Reply Shelena Shorts December 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Congratulations D.J.!! That’s so exciting. I’m definitely going to pick up a copy!

  • Reply Lisa_Gibson December 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Wonderful news DJ! Congratulations!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  • Reply Alison December 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Ahhh!!! Congratulations! That is so wonderful.

  • Reply schulerbooks December 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Congratulations DJ! From all of us here at Schuler Books.

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo December 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I already told you, but I want to tell you again, CONGRATS! I am so happy for you.

  • Reply Charl December 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations! That’s amazing! I can’t wait to read it! xx

  • Reply Blueicegal ♥ December 26, 2010 at 3:49 am

    oh my freaking god that is amazing!!! i am so happy for you DJ, i have always looked forward to your work, gah i want it published already so i can get a copy, don’t keep us waiting to long Mr 😉

  • Reply The Blogger Girlz December 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

    OMG, DJ, congrats! Your living my dream! You should write a blog post telling us all about your journey, when you started writing Hunted, when you finished, how you found an agent, etc. and then of course how you got to this point. Then you should tell us more about your book! 🙂


  • Reply Ariel Lessens December 27, 2010 at 1:50 am


  • Reply Mariam Maarouf December 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my God!

    This has made my day, DJ! I’m sooooo proud of you – you wouldn’t believe how much 🙂 😀 😀

    I literally can’t wait to know more about Hunted! I’ll be the first one to pre-order 😀 😀 😀

    You’re a great person, and I’m sure an awesome writer a well, DJ, and you definitely deserve even more than this. Good luck with everything 🙂 Keep me updated. I’ll join this crazy world on twitter sometime soon 😛


    I’m SO proud of you!

    Again 😀

  • Reply Angela Jurgensen December 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Wow, that is great!!! How do you even find the time, with all the work you put on reading all these books and reviewing them, is just amazing. I can’t wait to read your writing — I bet it will be sensational. You are such a thorough writer. I bet your book will be awesome!

  • Reply DJ's Life in Fiction January 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful comments! 🙂

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