Yes, I know.

A few weeks ago, a reader left a message right here under one of my Station novelette posts asking if I was writing under a different name, then notified me of a title that started so much like one of mine did around Chapter 3, that I admit, I had heart palpitations. No joke…panic mode was enabled.

See, here’s the thing – you can’t copyright an idea, or even a concept. But as a writer, if you are mindful of this, one of the best (and hardest) parts of writing Fiction is the world-building, the fresh ideas, the character development, the plot, the twists, etc… It feels good to lose yourself in a world of your creation. But there will come a time, no doubt, when two books are unintentionally similar. Perhaps by theme, perhaps by setting, or perhaps in a hundred different other ways, but when two books combine too much of those things and have entire sections with a similar theme, setting and timeline of events that possibly borrow from one title to set the story for another – is this coincidental…is it still unintentional? The fact is, I don’t know. And legally, as far as copyright law, this enters some very grey area.

It is this grey area that has me curious, and yes, concerned. See, when I wrote Dying to Forget, admittedly, I had not read a gazillion afterlife titles in ‘preparation’. For me, every story I’ve done was 99% waking up from an awesome and twisted dream, to that 1% of real life influence, and that’s what the Station books have been.

I was going through the difficult time of healing and acceptance after the death of my Aunt. She was one of my favorite people. With the biggest laugh and equally large heart, when she took her life it stunned me. Not because I didn’t think it would ever happen, but because I thought I could have prevented it. I know now, how hard and impossible that was. See, mental health is a real issue, not just a phase, not just something someone can get over. Clinical Depression took my Aunt’s life, and I wish that all of us in her life had understood before she died, how hard every day truly was for her. Since she’s been gone, I hear her in my head all the time. She talks me down from my own ledges, pumps up my self-esteem when I need it, and is generally just an extra version of my own sub-conscious. She’s really with me every day. This is what I wanted Piper Willow to be for you.

What I didn’t know would happen, is how many truly amazing people would relate to Piper and the creation of ‘my’ Station. Some of those who have been hurt, or who hurt themselves, have truly found a bit of solace in these books, and they’ve reached out to tell me so. The point of the Station is not a selfish one – but intended to go beyond the pain of one person to help others. And before I get too mushy and start crying all over the keyboard, what’s important to me is not that someone else may have intentionally or unintentionally used the platform of my Station books to create a version of their own, but it is that there is only one Piper Willow. And there’s a little bit of her in all of us. This won’t be taken away by another title; Piper is here to stay.

So, until it is legally necessary to pursue this funky and unexpected matter further, it’s at that point where online I can’t stay completely quiet anymore. I’ve gotten your messages, I’ve read your posts. I totally get the passion behind why some readers of the Station series are curious, confused and yes, pissed off. I also get why readers of this other author are pissed, but if you haven’t read the Station books I guess you just wouldn’t understand why this is a really strange occurrence and why Piper fans are more than a little concerned. The only way to even remotely get the passion behind a Station fan would be to also read Dying to Forget. And this isn’t a sales pitch – because the title is 100% free. It’s not enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which means I get exactly $0.00 for each download and read. KU books are free for Prime members, but the author still gets paid. I would hope that any reader of the other title in question would do their own research before attacking my Station readers. It’s only fair. For those who want to have mature and respectful discussions with each other about this topic – the comments section is open to you.

So, yes, I know. I’ve been made aware of what is happening and I’m choosing to focus right now on what really matters – that Piper’s fourth story be finished and in your hands soon. Because my Station still has tales to share, and friends to make.

Any decent writer can retell a story, but not all can create one. The books I choose to write are hopefully the same as the ones I love to read: different from the masses. In the end, it comes down to you, the reader, and what you want. I hope that my Station books give you what you want or need, and keep you entertained. If this happens, it’s a win for me.

No, I don’t want to publicly talk about this other title or author by name. It’s not my way, regardless of how I may feel. So keep on doing what you do best as a Station fan – share the book with your friends. Let them know why Piper matters to you.

Now off I go, back to her world and the never-ending drama of the Station, where I’m currently obsessed (and with over 200 million views, I must not be alone!) with Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ and have on repeat in my writing playlist. I’ll share the video with you below, for your listening pleasure…

XOXO – Trish


Courtesy of YouTube

I should step away from my computer more often…

While I was out for the day, and totally away from the computer, this happened:

That’s TWO Station books at the #1 spots in Teen and YA Social Issues (Free store and Paid). And what’s super cool, is that Dying to Remember has that nifty #1 Best Seller tag for a bit. To say I’m excited is an understatement. It’s been a good week for this series. I’m happy for Piper. 🙂 Thanks to everyone who has grabbed a copy of these books – I sure hope you enjoy them!!

And this week’s winner is…

…Heather!

Congrats to the first December Giveaway winner! Heather, if you have not received my message to you, please send me an email with your name and the mailing address for your signed print copy. 😀

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HEATHER’S COPY

 

Thank you all who left comments this week! Please be sure to stop by again on Monday for the 2nd Giveaway post and your chance to win the next signed copy of ‘Dying to Forget’! Have a happy and safe weekend…stay warm if it’s cold where you are. 🙂

December Giveaway, Week 1

If you don’t know what the December Giveaway is all about, please take a minute to read FOUR FRIDAYS. FOUR WINNERS. FOR REAL. There’s a few rules and stuff. Done? Yay!


 

This is the first December Giveaway Post

To make this first week easy and break the ice a bit (no pressure) please let us all know why you love reading.

Leave your answer below (you’re awesome, but just one comment please). And don’t forget to share this post with your bookish friends and family so they can play too!  The winner this week will be randomly selected and named in a post on Friday, so be sure to check back. The prize is a signed print copy of Dying to Forget. Have fun – and good luck!

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Four Fridays. Four Winners. For Real.

December is SO close…like…right THERE. Literally tomorrow. We can smell it, taste it, feel it. Actually, that might just be me because I had peppermint in my coffee this am and stepped on an ornament hook. That’s usually how my Monday’s roll. Anyway, totally not the point of this post.

Who wants FREE stuff??

You, right? Of course!

Every Friday of December is going to be a Giveaway day. This month, on Mondays (starting today), I’ll throw up something fun for y’all that won’t take much time or effort, only a post like/comment, and on Fridays a random winner* will be chosen to receive a signed print copy of the newly designed ‘Dying to Forget’! And if I can get the print orders of the other two books in before the giveaways start, there might be more than one book as a prize. Awesomesauce, right?

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Win a Signed Copy of Dying to Forget!

This is totally free – book and shipping totally on me – and should be totally fun. Are you in? Scroll on…

Rules are simple.

Please leave a comment under every Monday Giveaway post, and share the posts on Facebook, Twitter, email, whatever, for your friends to play too. Participants have ALL week to leave their comments (one comment per person, please), so I’ll be sharing the posts a few times from Monday – Thursday on my social media outlets. *Shipments can only be sent to the US, Canada and the UK.

Please return to the blog on Fridays by noon PST (I’m in California, y’all) to see who the winner for the current week is, because if YOU win, then I’ll need to know how to contact you for the address to send your prize. If by chance, a blizzard knocks out your internet, or you had to make ten dozen cookies for your kiddo’s school holiday bake sale, I get missing an announcement post on Fridays. But be sure to take a peek ASAP or a runner up may be chosen. If you don’t win right away, don’t freak out (too much), because there are four Fridays in December, so that’s four chances. Yay! Please don’t post your personal information in a comment because they are public and I don’t want any stalkers showing up at your door. Safety, y’all. Sidenote: because it wouldn’t be fair otherwise, you can only win once, but you can  (and hopefully will) still play, comment and share every Friday. Sidenote #2: the last Friday of December is Christmas. A winner announcement post will still be put up on the blog (most likely scheduled from the day before) but I will not be hovering over the keyboard on Christmas Day, nor do I expect you to be either. Check in that Saturday or Sunday to see who the final lucky winner is.

That’s it – like I said, easy! If you already have print copies of The Station series, they are most likely not the new ones, so please still play. If you aren’t that interested in YA Fantasy, surely there is a YA person in your life, and books make fabulous presents, so you can still play too. *hint, hint*

Bloggers: if you would like to participate in December’s weekly Giveaway posts by sharing them via link on your own site, please send me a private message and we can work something out. *big goofy grin*

The first post is going up live in just a few minutes, so be sure to check it out and leave your comment! Good luck, everyone, and thank you for reading! XOXOXO


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