Greetings from Atlanta in this new year of 2014! by Constance Gilliam

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. ~C.S. Lewis

Greetings from Atlanta in this new year of 2014!


I’m Connie Gillam and I write both adult and young adult mystery and suspense.

The beginning of a new year is always the opportunity for me to start fresh, shake off what didn’t work the previous year and dream something new, dream something bigger and better.
I enjoy setting new goals. It gives me hope and motivates me. Off with the old, on with the new. (yeah, I know it’s a cliché.)

The past two years have been rough ones, full of personal loss and unrealized dreams. I thought I’d lost my love of writing, lost my ability to complete a novel. So you see, the beginning of a new year definitely means hope to me.

My goal for 2014 is to publish (traditionally or self-pub) three adult novels and one free novella. That’s a tall order because one of the adult novels and the novella haven’t been written, and I’m a slow writer.

I challenge you to dream and set goals−goals that scare you. If it’s not scary, it’s not big enough.

In 2012 I went out on a limb and completed a young adult paranormal romance set in New Orleans (a city I love), The 5th Realm. I self-published it. Below is the blurb.

The 5th Realm:

Embrace who you are because you can’t escape your destiny… Even if it means accepting a huge responsibility and facing a challenging battle.

Meet Lisette Beaulieu, an orphaned Creole teen living in New Orleans. Follow her as her life changes after learning that her mother’s family is alive and practicing Voodoo in the bayou.

Her world spins further out of control when she discovers she is to be the next Priestess. She must accept and learn to master the power that’s destined to be hers as the next Voodoo Priestess of her mother’s family. She will need all her new found skills when her best friend makes a deal with a demonic force to save the life of his brother. But those are the least of her problems.

Something demonic and immortal wants her life force for its own sinister purpose.

And then there’s this cute but mysterious new boy in her school…

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4 thoughts on “Greetings from Atlanta in this new year of 2014! by Constance Gilliam

  1. I love the Paranormal! Best wishes for this and your other writings, three novels and a novella in a year sounds like a lot to me, but then I barely turn out one every year – normally not enough hours in the day with my other commitments – but when my “Muse” calls there is no denying its power and I MUST write! (-;

  2. Oh, wow, Connie, I would have been here sooner, but I was out chasing geese! Literally! I absolutely love your writing, you put us so much in the heads of your protagonists, and that quote about fear – if it’s not scary it’s not big enough is HUGELY true. I’m a slow writer also because of that very reason. I don’t trust myself because I’m afraid. Such a timely and wonderful reminder. (You, my dear, have nothing to be afraid about — you’re that good!) Happy New Year!

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