Authors That Inspire -Courtney A.K.A Lyra Parish

Authors that Inspire

Courtney

A.K.A Lyra Parish

So this round of Authors that Inspire is going to be a bit closer to home. As in focusing on an Authortuber that I discovered last year and have since kept a close eye on.

Courtney goes by two pen names. Lyra Parish is the name she uses for her long list of romance novels and then she also goes by Kennedy Fox for the novels she writes with her co-author Brooke Cumberland. Brooke and she have received the title of USA Today Best Selling Authors and her own books have been on the top 100 Amazon lists.

To say she’s achieved quite a lot is an understatement, but what makes her an inspiration is she shares all of the knowledge she’s gained from her years of self-publishing on her Youtube channel, TheCourtneyProject. Everything from the ups and downs of self-publishing to marketing and writing advice. In the past year, she’s showed us how she manages a full-time job, writing career and family.

Steadily cataloging her journey to show others that it can be done with just a bit of persistence.

What made me focus on her this month is she’s recently reached that coveted title of “Full-Time Author.”

Sometime last year she mentioned all of her plans for making this happen in a video. From ensuring she still had health care to some kind of saving back up. So it’s not like it was a spur of a moment decision.

She’s worked and planned for this.

Kudos to her.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of videos she puts out now that she’s gone to the full-time author and now that writing is her full-time job. Perhaps a shift in content but either way it’ll be an interesting transition and I wish her all the luck in the world on this new endeavor.

I know some of us have that dream of living off of our writing and I’ve seen some publish one or two books and decide that that’s all they need to succeed without a full-time job. Reality bites in that it takes a lot more effort than this.

To see someone work up to it and prepare for it is refreshing in that you get that feeling that it’s not a “whatever happens, happens” type of feeling. This is something that you can see succeeding and therefore far more hyped for it.

Not that spur of the moment decisions is a bad thing.
Hell, my whole life is just one spur of the moment decision after another that’s so far going really well for me, but that’s beside the point.

But when you’re thinking of a future in a career field that has a long list of one and done’s, it’s nice to see someone work for the long haul and succeed at their dreams.

So, with all that said, if you wish to learn more about Courtney and her writing projects, or just want to check out her advice videos head on over to her Youtube channel, TheCourtneyProject. Shes also got a website under the same name and you can find all of her books on amazon under Lyra Parish and Kennedy Fox.

What are some goals that you’re working on in your writing career?

Are you living your dream or working your way towards it one word at a time?

Let me know in the comments below and until next time!

Catching those winged creatures

That’s where these ideas come from. Little fairies, or storks…..whatever….come and drop these story idea into our heads and then leave us with this nugget of an idea that we have to somehow expand upon. It could be a line, a scene, or just a place.

The exact science hasn’t been worked out.

We’re just running around trying to catch these flying creatures so that we can squeeze new ideas out of them. Sometimes the tiny creatures get revenge by chunking multiple ideas at once and we’re left with a steady stream of half-written ideas and an overflowing ideas box.

And let’s not get us started on the when and where they decide to show up. I can’t count how many times I’ve been at work helping take care of a resident and something pops into my head and I just want to drop everything and run to the nearest pen and paper.

Luckily, this has never gotten me into any kind of trouble, but it just goes to show that inspiration waits for no man.

So throwing down some easy tips for inspiration isn’t really a thing that can happen, even though it’s been asked a million times. Some of my best advice, and typically works for me, is to read a book.

Try reading some historical fiction, or science fiction, or read that middle-grade book. Anything that isn’t your normal cup of tea. Broaden your horizons. Jump off that cliff. (Don’t actually do that, that’s not how you catch those darned winged beasts.)

Listen to some new music. Pull out those old 60’s albums, or try looking for bands from another country. I use to listen to a lot of Japanese Rock and still get inspired by that music from time to time.

Go for a walk! Get out of the house and make up your own adventure. I read a scene in Stephen King’s IT where the kids are just walking through the woods, and suddenly they are on a safari and it was flipping great! Complete change of pace and bit of the imagination working all at once.

Give it a try. Go in the backyard with your kids and see where your kids take you.

Careful though, if they are anything like my kids you’ll wind up in an episode of The Walking Dead.

Actually, go on an adventure. If you have the time and the money, actually go on a trip. Across country or the next county. Doesn’t really matter. Just go and do something, you’ll be amazed at what you might actually see.

(Seriously, there is some crazy shit out there.)

While you are at it, do some people watching. Maybe ease drop a bit. Just don’t get caught, or jump into their conversations. That get’s awkward. Trust me. I know this for a fact. (You could also wind up with a new set of friends, so….)

You are getting the gists here, right? There is no right or wrong way to hunt down those little-winged creatures, but can’t just sit around waiting for them to fly through your open window either.

Happy writing fellow scribblers,

Until next time!