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Hooray! For Second Chances


So, here’s what’s happening. A few years ago I published my first novel, Enchanted Island. Fast forward a few years and I’m re-releasing the book. I made a few mistakes the first time around which I’m correcting now. You see, I passively marketed while secretly hoping my family and friends would lend a helping hand. I must say a handful, and I mean one hand, did actually purchase and read the book. Those people will always be remembered and appreciated. My only problem is I have close to 300 friends on my personal Facebook page and just under 10 of them jumped on board to support me. It’s true they don’t really owe me anything. But still, isn’t it nice to have the support of your peers? I think so.

Time went on and I saw that they weren’t particularly interested in anything I had to say regarding my book. I was so proud of myself for stepping up and seeing this thing through. Most people don’t. I know whenever I see a friend or even a distant acquaintance involved in something cool, that I’m so thrilled for them. I jump right in and support however I can. My mistake was wishing that people would do the same for me. I was wrong. When the book was just coasting along with trickling sales here and there every month, I resigned myself to the fact that, I’m not going to make it. I became resentful and even stopped writing for a while.

Every now and then I’d get a burst of inspiration and resume my feeble effort to market my work. There came a point in time nearly two months ago where I got this fire in my belly once again. I finally came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t really count on my inner circle to help me get to the next level. When I saw everyone around me taking care of themselves, even the ones I helped at some point in time, I just had had enough.

It came time for me to get out there and mingle. I needed to connect with people so they could get to know what I’m all about. It’s important for me that people see who I am and what I’m about. I came up with a fun way to help make this happen. To celebrate the new look for my book I have a summer-long contest going. If you follow my blog you know about the Enchanted Summer Games. The games are a way for the readers to get to know me and a little about my book. I received the proof yesterday and gave it a once over. I’m happy to say, Enchanted Island is now available in paperback with the new cover and also for Kindle devices. Hooray! For second chances.

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Enchanted Island with new cover and new attitude.

Paperback copies of  Enchanted Island are available here

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Blog Update


I’ve decided to separate my business posts from my personal posts. Here is where I will continue to share my triumphs, disappointments and even those pesky rants. Specifics about my writings and upcoming projects can be found on Written by May Torres. I do hope you will hop on over and follow.  See you there 😉

P.S. 😀 Even though I know you’re rushing right over to the new blog, I want to share this post about a fun idea I’m thinking about>> Enchanted Summer Games


I Wonder…


I wonder if people are hesitant to pick up Enchanted Island because they think that they wouldn’t relate? Yes, there is a Puerto Rican flag on the cover. Yes, the heart of the story takes place in Puerto Rico. Yes, 3 of the 4 main characters are, indeed, Puerto Rican. Yes, you will learn the history of Puerto Rico. What you will also get is an adventure. You will follow along as four young people come of age. You will fall in love with these youngsters and watch their transformation into young-adulthood. They go through the same situations as any one of you.

Not that I was surprised, but I had people, not of Puerto Rican heritage,  tell me that they could so relate to the main character, Gabby. We each have issues and circumstances that we wish we could change. Really, at the core, we are more alike than not. We mostly all want the same things out of this thing called life. We’re all on this life journey together; sometimes facing horrendous situations that do not discriminate.  No matter where you come from. No matter the language you speak or the color of your skin.

Some of us come from a warm loving family and some not so much. Everyone falls in love and  we make and lose friends. We face obstacles and fight to overcome them. These are just some of the things that the characters in my book face. Will this persuade you to take a chance on Enchanted Island? I wonder…


Interview With May Torres


This was an interview conducted a couple of months ago. Thought I’d share it here

Gearing up for the release of her first novel, Enchanted Island, Author May Torres gives us an in-depth look at her inspiration, and what life is like as a new writer. Enchanted Island is due to be released late March 2010.

Visit http://touchepublishers.com for a chance to pre-order the book. Limited amounts available for the pre-order. Act soon, before it’s too late.

Touché Publishing: So, Ms. Torres, you’ve just completed your first novel, Enchanted Island, due to be released next month. We’re looking forward to that. I have to ask you, first of all, What inspired you to start writing?

May Torres: I was inspired to start writing on a more serious level, because I wanted to change the circumstances of my life. I run a home business and, I still wasn’t able to be totally comfortable, financially. I have two teenagers, and college is coming faster than I care to think about. I didn’t want to continue struggling. It’s not the thing I want my kids to remember the most. I want them to see that anything is possible, once you apply yourself.  My daughter was also getting heavily into reading. She was also a driving force in my writing. I wanted her to have something to read that she identified with. I’m hoping it inspires her to follow in my footsteps. In whatever path she chooses

Touche Publishing: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

May Torres: I have always enjoyed writing, I just never realized that I wanted to be a writer. It was just always a part of my life. My only problem came, when it was time to share what I wrote. It’s probably the reason I never pictured myself as a writer. I got over that eventually (laughs) . Better late than never.

Touche Publishing: As far as writing goes, who would you say you admire most, and why?

May Torres: Oh! I love Stephen King. He’s a master storyteller. I could only hope to have an ounce of his talent. His characters are so well crafted, you feel like you know them personally.

Touché Publishing: Let’s talk a little about Enchanted Island. Where did the concept for the story come from?

May Torres: From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write a story with a Latina heroine. It was very important to me, to have my Puerto Rican heritage spotlighted. That’s when I decided, that my story had to be about Puerto Rico. Once the other concepts,like karma and past lives came into play, I knew it had to include the history of Puerto Rico.

Touché Publishing: I did notice there were a lot of themes dealing with Karma and past lives in your book. It was one of the things I loved most about it. It made me wonder. Do you personally believe in past lives and Karma?

May Torres: Yes, I’m a firm believer in Karma. I try to live my life in away that will not incur negative Karma. As long as I keep my intentions pure, I believe I can shape the circumstances of my next life journey, should I have one. I believe that, there is something very real to the past life theory. I just believe that our energy never dies,and it has to go somewhere (smiles)

Touché Publishing: Being of Latin heritage, what personal significance does this book hold in your life?

May Torres: The Puerto Ricans, are such a proud people. I just wanted readers to partake in the culture of a nation other than, let’s say, Mexico. It seems that, whenever there’s a latino/hispanic presence in the main stream media, it’s centered around the Mexican culture. Don’t get me wrong, any exposure is better than none. It really means so much to me, to portray a different culture. Although, we’re all Latinos, there are differences. I hope, that I help to get other Latinos to bring forth their stories.

Touché Publishing: That would be great! I did notice there was a lot of culture and history in your book. In your research, were there parts that you found especially important or, perhaps even, shocking to you?

May Torres: When I was younger, I was taught in school, about Christopher Columbus discovering America. It wasn’t until I was older that I thought about the fact, that there were people already living here in America, for years. It was important for me to write about it, and provoke thought in our young people. I was shocked to find out about the horrendous practice of cutting the limbs of slaves, if they didn’t produce the correct amount of gold or cotton.

Touché Publishing: Yeah, I thought that was horrible. When I think about some of the situations in your book, like that one for instance, I wonder, was it very hard to write a book geared more towards teens and young adults?

May Torres: Writing a book geared towards the young adults was challenging, at times. I didn’t want to dumb the story down, yet didn’t want to get so complicated, that they put the book down. It was a balancing act all the way through. I wanted to make sure I included things that younger readers could relate to and, at the same time, keep parents satisfied with the content.

Touché Publishing: I know we touched on this before but, I see you dedicated your book to your children. How instrumental were they in your becoming a writer?

May Torres: I dedicated the book to my children because they really are the reason for me pushing myself to write. Like I said before, I want my kids to remember something other than struggle. I want them to be proud of their mother for believing in herself. It’s all that matters to me, that my children believe in themselves.

Touché Publishing: Seeing as how you did write for a younger audience, it stands to reason that you may serve as an inspiration for young writers, especially minorities. Do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?

May Torres: I mentioned earlier about believing in yourself. That is a must! Even when it feels like no one is supporting your dream, push ahead. Use the Law of Attraction as your guide. If you think it, it will manifest in the physical world. Envision yourself getting to the finish line. If you find it difficult to keep up with that train of thought, fake it, until you make it. What I mean by that is, behave as if you’ve already achieved your goal. It’s all about having
a positive attitude and outlook on life.

Touché Publishing: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me.  I’m really looking forward to your new release, and wish you much success on your future novels.


Let The Fun Begin


On Wednesday, April 7th my book Enchanted Island was officially published! Since then, it’s been non-stop promotion. I’ve taken to my social networking sites,letting people know that the book was now available. There were some sales made during the presale and some over this past weekend. It’s hard work promoting :-/ I have to hand it to people in the advertising and marketing fields, but I will never regret my decision to self-publish. I’m not afraid of hard work, and the rewards will be so much greater, once things really start taking off. Right now, I’m taking it all in. This experience is so surreal. I have people close to me, fascinated and asking questions about the writing process. I’m getting questions on what prompted me to write the story. People are interested! Interested in something I’ve created! That doesn’t happen too often. I’m the type of person that would love fly under the radar forever. It’s all about stepping out of my comfort zone this year. Let the fun begin!

http://touchepublishers.com/Books/enchantedisland.html


Happy Beyond Measure


Yayyyyyyyy!! Very much like Pinocchio, at the end of his story, Enchanted Island is now a real book! The book has been printed! This feels like the birth of another child for me! :D…My friend said, “Even if 10 years from now these books are still here, and we haven’t made a dime… we’ve already succeeded” She is so right! If we stay with all the copies in our possession, it doesn’t matter. I already feel successful. Outside of raising two wonderful children, as a single mom, this is a monumental accomplishment for me. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude, to my dear friend R.C. Berry, for making this journey as enjoyable as it was. I look forward to many more!  This makes up for anytime someone underestimated me!

More info to come!


Following a Dream


The last few days have been so exciting. I finally told my kids about my book Enchanted Island. As expected, my daughter was a little more excited. My son was interested and asked questions about it, but to get him to read it, is going to take some work :D… If it’s not about sports or video games, he’s going to have a tough time getting interested. But he WILL read it eventually 😀

This past weekend, there was a Presale for Enchanted Island held. This event was my coming out, so to speak. I’ve now gone public to my friends. I must say, they have been impressed with what I was able to accomplish. One of my old high School friends went as far as to call me her hero. She said I inspired her to continue with her dream. She had kept her dream from those close to her, just as I did. I wish her all the luck in the world and I will most definitely support her.

My fellow writer friend and I, are so completely beside ourselves. The website is getting a lot of traffic these days, and there were already orders placed during the Presale.  R.C. Berry is the author of Set in Stone: The Life and Death of Medusa and a wonderful friend of mine. To find out more about us and our debut novels visit: http://www.touchepublishers.com