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  • Writer's pictureC.H. Shealy

Nerd Girls Series

Updated: May 5, 2022

Zachary Levi defined the term Nerd as “One whose unbridled passion for something defines who they are as a person, without fear of other peoples judgment.” I feel that in my bones and I do my best to live by it every day. I’m 30 and I love Harry Potter, I love Zelda video games, I love anime, I love Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and so many other things that I’ve been laughed at for. But I don’t care. It’s not hurting anyone and it makes me happy, if people want to judge me for that, fine. But I won't hide my passion for something that brings me joy, just to fit into someone else’s box.

I want to read about other women like me, women who embrace all their quirks instead of tamping them down to make others happy. Reading as voraciously as I do has made me realize that there are far too few romance novels with nerdy female protagonists. As someone who finds great enjoyment in a variety of things that are often looked at as "nerdy" by society, I was bothered by this realization. So I decided to do something about it and came up with the Nerd Girls Series.

The idea of writing an entire series was terrifying. I realized going in that I was going to need to carefully intertwine the characters to create a fluid series that felt natural. That meant developing the characters and their respective profiles first. Trying to make sure the character's histories, family life, personalities, and quirks were fleshed out along with the profiles of the primary heroines' love interests was daunting to say the least. Once I finally managed to relax enough to stop overthinking everything it ended up being really fun and all the pieces began falling into place. I ended up with ten character profiles before I allowed myself to begin working on the first story in the series, Charmed. As I mentioned in my previous post, my writing style is what I lovingly refer to as word-vomit, everything just flows out from my brain and onto the keyboard. So before I started writing I made sure to get the setting figured out. The rest of it just sort of poured out.

I gave myself four months to get the draft written, then gave my editors a couple of months to read through and do their thing, before going through and doing the final edits, formatting everything, and publishing it. It was really important to me to ensure that the covers for each of the books in the series were unique but still matched. I ended up spending a lot more time working on the covers than I expected, but it was time well spent because I came out on the other side with five book covers that I absolutely love. I’m so excited to be sharing Charmed with the world!

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