The Grueling Week of “Claws”

Blood to inkI’ve been hard at work since last week finishing up the final work on Escape Claws, due to be released April 7.

I’ve gotten caught up in a few other projects over the past month,and Claws was behind schedule. Sometime midweek, as my blurry, computer strained eyes blinked feebly at the setting sun, I worried I’d finish in time.

Escape Claws frontThe good news is, yes, everything is good to go. Escape Claws will be making appearances all weekend long at the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, including cover wars and a spot with Joe Live on his show.

Why do we publish? What inspires someone to spend 16 straight hours at their computer, enduring butt cramps and eye strain? T.S. Eliot said “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.”

That’s how I feel tonight, as the final corrections upload to Amazon. Happy, satisfied but bled dry.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

A former news journalist, Angela Yuriko Smith retired to write fiction. Her prose and poetry have been published in several print and online publications. She has nearly 20 books which include dark and speculative fiction for YA and adults, books for children and two collections of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” has been nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Northwest Florida State College.
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