Okay everyone, I have had a ball publishing as Melanie Ray, but it’s time I moved on as writing as Serena Walken. I had ups and downs as Melanie Ray, but it’s time to start anew.
(For information about my new pen name and The Great Destruction, head to the bottom.)
It’s just another step in life though. This move reminds me a lot of Billy Gilman. If you used to listen to country in the 90′s, you would have heard this sweet boy’s voice. He became very big for awhile.
He was a real star with that innocent voice. He was a good kid at heart though. Later on, he fell out of the spotlight. I wondered briefly where he had gone. One day by browsing on youtube, I found him. He wasn’t the gigantic success he used to be. You won’t find his videos playing on CMT anytime soon.
Even though his sweet voice had matured, the loving words and nature remained. The song I heard had words by Mattie, a boy for MDA who had died. A real go getter of a kid, he brought the world his poetry. Billy had worked on a song with him as he was alive. It was called Shades of Life, and to me, it was far better than the first one. You can hear the change in his voice. (The song begins at 2:55, but you can learn about Mattie in the beginning.
My voice changed to, although it was more my writing style. I went from this strange comedy romance tragedy gig and started to move into a more serious direction. In the Beginning, and Regaining Sanity both bounced around like that. The Burning Chronicle was about between. When I wrote Hidden Nursery Rhymes, I felt a more confident sense in what I was writing. I had been studying and learning from different books. I knew how to be silly, but to keep it serious too. My voice had changed. I could not write the same way if I had to, that original part of me was gone.
How could I put out In the Ending, when I didn’t have the same voice anymore? I knew it was time to begin anew. It Sucks Being Romeo and Juliet is closer to the work I would like to do now. More meaningful, more emotional. From the emails and the reviews I’ve seen so far, I know my readers are enjoying this change too.
And like Billy Gilman, I continue on. He may not be a huge country star anymore, but his voice has matured now, and he is still the caring man he once was, as his latest work in 2012 shows in itself.
I explored with the name Serena Walken, to see what I could do. To explore how far I could go, and what I needed to do to not feel frightened about new works. Her work wasn’t anything noteworthy, and I’ve since taken them down. (Many of them need work to become more than simple stories, and I will work on that slowly.) It’s time I start claiming her as me. She is me. Her name came to me when I was thinking of a pen name. She’s sexy and she’s sweet. She explores, but she’s coy. She wants to write works she hasn’t seen before, or something that her mind says it needs to write.
Everyone changes, but some things do stay the same. Sometimes, change can be good. As we all get more experienced in life, we grow. I am simply growing. I have had thoughts to rewrite The Great Destruction Series, but I don’t want to ruin that first voice that may have been something that readers had loved. I don’t want to destroy what brought them there.
Melanie Ray no longer has any books out there. If there are, the distributors are awfully slow. You will find It Sucks Being Romeo and Juliet beneath Serena Walken’s name now. I just changed the author name, and of course the cover. I found the original stock from the first cover I ever had, and tweaked the colors a bit.
I will also be putting out The Great Destruction Series as one huge epic novel called A Love That Destroyed Time: A Romantic Time Travel Epic. I will probably be adding three covers for you to see on Serena Walken’s website. The first book In the Beginning, I will be renaming With Love, and have it set as a prequel. The actual novel will have the prequel added as well, but let’s face it? I started this with a split mind about making the second book, first. It can stand on it’s own, but I think it’d be nice to make the whole thing one large purchase.
For those of you who are only missing ‘In the Ending’, I will not say that you have to buy my whole novel to continue reading it. That’s insane, and it wouldn’t be right. So, I will be having it hooked to Serena’s site. You will be able to read it, and download it absolutely free.
Speaking of site, I am leaving this one. My host will have a problem with my more heated books. (I want to write sweet and spice.) Therefore, you will want to follow my other blog at http://serenawalken.blogspot.com. I am not completely flipping on you though. I am still me, just ready to go into different kinds of books.
And now that A Love That Destroyed Time is finally done, I really feel like it’s time to move on.