The Buckhead resident self-published her first work of fiction — a novel entitled “Come Find Me” — in April.
“Since I’ve launched it in April, I’ve had amazing success,” said Ward, 45. “It was on the Amazon best-seller list for seven weeks right after I launched it.”
Though her career has been concentrated in the realm of journalism and nonfiction, Ward said she has been writing fiction for most of her life.
“That was always my big dream since I was a freshman in high school,” she said. “I read ‘Light in August’ by [William] Faulkner, and that did it for me. I just knew I wanted to be a novelist.”
Since leaving The Atlantan 6½ years ago, Ward has written four novels, the third of which was “Come Find Me.”
“‘Come Find Me’ is just the first one to get out the door,” she said.
The novel is a love story about two old flames who reconnect after losing touch. Buckhead resident Fran Grice read the book and recommends it to others.
“I loved it,” she said. “It was just fun. It was easy. It was around spring break [when I read it], and I just remember being on the beach and my girls needed to go in to eat and I just wanted to keep reading.”
After reading it, Grice put the novel on her book club’s reading list.
“I have a cousin in Fort Lauderdale, [Fla., and told her about the book], and now her book club is reading it,” she said.
Chrissy Curnow, of Buckhead, read the book this summer.
“I’m not normally a romance genre person, but [Ward is] a friend of mine and we’d talked about it and so I read it,” she said. “I was impressed that that came out of her. She put a lot of thought and research into it, and it was interesting.”
Curnow belongs to the same book club as Ward, and Ward said Curnow was one of the people who encouraged her to self-publish. Curnow recently helped a friend go through the process of promoting his self-published book, and she told Ward about his success.
Though Ward initially tried to get her books published via the traditional route of mainstream book publishers, she decided to self-publish when that did not pan out. She released “Come Find Me” under Northside Books, which is an imprint of her company, Pearl Multimedia.
“When I quit The Atlantan, I formed an LLC called Pearl Multimedia, and my goal was to start an ecofriendly publishing company,” Ward said. “But the recession hit, and I just thought this is not the moment for me to be starting my own company. So I just focused on the fiction writing and family stuff and volunteering. … In April, when I decided to publish ‘Come Find Me,’ I published it with the idea that I was now launching my publishing company.”
She said she enjoys the freedom of self-publishing and the fact it saves paper because the books are printed on demand.
Ward considers herself a hybrid because she went the traditional route when getting her nonfiction book “Living, Studying and Working in Italy” published in 1998. She co-authored the book with Monica Larner, and it is sold through Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Ward plans to release her first two novels — “The Unified Theory of Love and Everything” and “Love Space Time” — this November through Northside Books. Her fourth novel — “The Ice King” — is planned to be released late this year or early next year.
GET IT: “Come Find Me” can be purchased from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Ward will also host a book giveaway on her blog, www.patchofearth.com. Learn more about Ward and her works at www.travisnward.com.