Hello there! My name is Fia Essen and I’m an author. I thought I should get that said right at the beginning of this guest blog post.
The tricky thing about writing guest blog posts is making it seem as though you don’t have an ulterior motive for rambling on someone else’s blog. It’s especially tricky when you do have an ulterior motive. So I might as well admit that I’m here today in order to shamelessly promote my books Ariel and Anna.
I love to write. Writing is the fun part of being an author. For me, writing is the easy part. It’s everything else that comes with being an author that boggles my mind. Marketing and promoting my books is an uphill battle. I’ve spent the last couple of months working on building my “author platform” but Ariel and Anna are still close to invisible on Amazon. I clearly still have a lot of work to do. But I’m not afraid of hard work. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to build a long-term successful career as a chick lit author. Yes, I’m pretty stubborn.
Ariel is a half-English, half-American, lifelong expat who was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Singapore. At the age of thirty-four, she is in debt and out of luck. She used to have a great career, a penthouse she shared with her boyfriend of ten years, and a group of fun friends. Now she has a dead-end job, a rented hovel of a home, and a rising stack of unpaid bills to keep her company. In essence, this is a story about finding the courage to pick yourself up when you’ve hit rock-bottom and starting over. Of course, there is also intrigue and romance in the book. Ariel is summoned by the mysterious Muse Agency and she has no idea what they could possibly want with her. She meets a charming Irishman who makes her feel alive again. But can she work up the courage to take another chance on love?
Anna thought she knew exactly where her life was heading. She was wrong. After ten years of climbing her way up the stressful corporate ladder at Milton International, her dream of one day occupying her boss’ corner office has been ripped from her thanks to a round of downsizing. Her boyfriend of five years has dumped her because he didn’t think she shared his vision of their “ideal future” together. In addition to losing her job and boyfriend, she comes to the conclusion she might be losing her mind too. A sane person wouldn’t follow a perfect stranger they meet on a plane to a tiny village no one has heard of on a Greek island, would they? The stranger in question is an irresistibly handsome Englishman with a sympathetic ear. But that’s no excuse to follow him to the place he calls his home and practically move in with him, is it?
That’s enough rambling from me, I think. Thanks for listening!