First of all, I wish you had awesome holidays and hope the new year brings us all the best we desire (especially those things we wished for last year and didn't happen. Got that, Santa!!??)
So, I'm going to do something that is not professional at all for any aspiring writer, but since I consider myself an experiment, and I have no shame in learning and staring back at my flaws (it's the hardest part, believe me), I'm going to remove Girl with Golden Eyes book 4 of I Am Alive series, and REWRITE it! The first three episodes are on a discount right now for 0.99 here if you're interested by the way http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085W8KIO
Why am I doing this? Because the similarities with Catching Fire of Hunger Games. You know my great passion right now is the Grimm Diaries, but I Am Alive always has potential to be a better series (it was the first thing I published)
Before proceeding, you should know that I had only read about 50 pages of the Hunger Games first book in the past, and I knew that even with similarities, I Am Alive is a totally different series with a different protagonist and theme.
In a weird way, people pointed at the similarities between The Girl Who Was On Fire and the Girl With Golden Eyes. For those of you who know about my older writings, about five years ago, I had a story called the Girl with Golden Eyes so I thought I'd use the idea in I Am Alive book 2. But when readers pointed it out, I had to read Hunger Games, the whole trilogy, and I didn't find it so close. It's like the similarities between the lines of Star Wars 'May the Force be with You' and Hunger Games 'May the odds be with you'
But anyway, it's not a matter of similarities as much as that I've grown as a writer, and have learned alot in the last six months. You can't imagine what I've learned from readers as much as learning the craft of writing itself. So the decision to remove the Girl with Golden Eyes was made because if there was one other thing I learned, then it's that people do compare their favorite books to yours (I do that as a reader all the time lol) For those of you who have read the Grimm Diaries, you know how original I can be, so why not work harder to get the I Am Alive series to be really better. I had nothing but great emails about book 1-3 so far. So I'd like to live up to this in book 4, and I'm going to change the storyline and live up to the spirit of the first book.
I know this will cause trouble to some of you who have bought book 4:The Girl with Golden Eyes, but you've been kind enough to me, and tolerated the Grimm Prequels since the first day when the books were unreadable and confusing. I couldn't do it without you, and look where that has gotten the series on amazon's bestseller lists now. So expect the newly written book 4 soon, totally different and true to the spirit of book 1. If you had purchased book 4, write me an email when the new version comes out and i will send it to you free.
Feel free to ask any questions if you like. I know it's a confusing manner, but I think with three months from now when we look back at this post we'll be happy I did this.
One last things, thanks to the reviewers who pointed out to the similarities. Your reviews were read and taking into consideration.
I appreciate your understanding in ways I can't describe