Have pen, will write

"Each time I put that pen to paper, it encourages me more, and this makes me think more deeply about what I am writing and it gets me throughout the day," she said. "If it was a form of exercise, I would be skinny."

"Descent Into Madness" is a mystery that follows the main character, also named Chris, and family into an abandoned village in the Adirondacks. The story takes a different twist when Chris has to go against an evil creature to stop darkness from being unleashed onto the world. The story begins at a dental office in Schenectady, which reflects the author's own work experience.

Slingerland said writing a novel was one of the things she wanted to do most in life, but getting it published was a whole new struggle for her.

Once she felt her book was complete, she submitted a synopsis and the first three chapters to nearly 40 publishing companies. Although many companies said they enjoyed the book, she couldn't find one to publish it. This led her to take it into her own hands and self-publish her book.

"I was able to complete it and get it published, and I am just so very, very excited about it," she said. "It was a wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that I took it all the way and actually went to completion on it."

Being self-published, she said, makes it a little more difficult to promote her book because, she believes, some people are placing her on a much lower pedestal than authors published through companies the traditional way.

"I am finding that self-publishing isn't considered a good place to be," she said.

This doesn't deter her, though, and she said she is proud of what she has been able to accomplish.

Through LuLu.com, she released her book in hardcover, paperback and e-book versions. Until Slingerland's friend told her about a Kindle they purchased, about a year and a half ago, Slingerland said she didn't even know about the e-book reader sold by Amazon, so she visited Amazon.com and found out about LuLu.com, which can be used by self-publishers. For the past nine months she worked with the website to get her book released.

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