Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Character Profiles

Finally sat down and wrote up some new character profiles for Dare to Dream. Also linked my Pinterest Boards of my muses that inspired some of the characters.  More to come!  Dare To Dream Characters

Sunday, May 25, 2014

So Much To Do, So Little Time

With summer just around the corner, it seems all my projects are piling on top of each other. I know I don't have nearly as much going on as many of my writer friends, and I still don't know how they manage to juggle so many WIP at the same time. I bow down to them.

So what is it that I have going on at the moment? Well, I finished CampNaNoWriMo on a high note. Ended up completing the first draft of Dare to Dream, and then over the last month I completed the first self-edit and then sent out to my betas. (Over 330 pages and 4 lbs, it was pretty damn cool to see.) Ended up with 72,500 words. I'm incredible excited about this project, it has been a book 2 years in the making and I still can't believe I finally got it all down. Not only that, but while writing it, the stories for the other characters that will be coming in the series started to flow as well. There is a lot of work left to be done and I am bouncing in my seat to get my edits back so I can get my hands on it again.

While I'm waiting on Dare To Dream to come back, I'm working on revisions for Endless Nightmare. I realized while writing DtD that there is a lot of work to be done on EN. My POVs are all over the place and need to be refined. That is something that I am working on getting better at. No reader wants to be jumping around from head to head to head. So that is my big project right now, polishing that up and getting EN ready for the next editing phase.

Dreams in the Dark is also currently being mapped out. This one is giving me a bit of a hard time, but when it comes to anything having to do with Empusa, this doesn't surprise me. Out of all the books in my series, this one will be the biggest challenge to write, since Empusa is not like any other female...ever!

On top of that, it's Wickedly Twisted Tales time again. This time we are diving into the world of 1001 Arabian Nights and twisting it up our way. Take my story for example. I decided to rework The Sweep and the Noble Lady, and this particular version takes place in Midland, Texas. Cause really, when you think of Arabian Nights, you think of Texas, right? Hey, it's a twisted tale for a reason. I had such a blast creating a story for Hook and Tink that I could not pass up writing this time around too. Plus the fact that I am doing this with so many other amazingly talented writers sure doesn't hurt. Every time I read one of their posts, it makes me want to strive to be better.

So that's what I've been up to. I have deadlines approaching and so much to do. I like the pressure I put on myself though. It makes me strive to be better. Oh, tomorrow starts my Wickedly Twisted Tales story, so make sure you go on over and check it out.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Another CampNaNo Update

Well we're getting down to the final stretch of CampNaNoWriMo, with just a handful of days left. As you know, I set my word count as 70000, and as of right now I have just over 6000 words to go. I can see the end in sight (well the end of the first draft anyway). This story has been sitting on my "to be written shelf" for so long I can't even describe the feeling of being so close to having it finished. While I know the actual book will take several more month to edit, rewrite, and polish, the hardest part is almost over. Since editing is one of my favorite things to do, I'm itching to get my red pen out and sending it off to my betas. I'm seriously trying not to bounce in my chair right now. Never give up on that idea you have going on in your head. Even if it takes you months or years to finally sit down and write it, take the time. It's worth the sleepless nights, aggravation, and tears you put into it. They're your words that need to be heard. You're idea that need to be shared. Never give up on your dream. As writers, we open our souls and our hearts with each word we write. While that might be a scary thought, putting yourself out there like that, it's worth it. Share your words and your endless imagination. Even if it's just one person that you end up touching, that's what makes it all worth it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lenox and Mercy

If you haven't checked out the video section of my blog, it's where I link the videos I make that were inspired by my characters and their 'muses'. Just finished up the fifth one for the Dark Dream Series, staring Lenox and Mercy. These two females completely trip me out. They have been together for long before any of the stories in the series even start. You can say they are the on again, off again couple that drive each other crazy but are totally in love. I enjoy writing this kind of dynamic and not just the kind of relationship that starts within a book. So, here is a little preview of Lenox and Mercy. (You can also find a flashfiction I wrote about them further down the page)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Camp NaNo Update

So, I'm two weeks into Camp NaNo and half way through with the first draft of Dare to Dream. The hardest part for me is treating the first draft of the book as a first draft. There are countless times I have to tell myself to keep moving forward and not go back and start editing. Let me tell you, there are some parts I want to do that on badly. I keep telling myself to think of this draft as the skeleton. I need to place all the pieces down and get the gist of what is going on, on paper, then when that is completed I can take out my favorite red pen and start adding to it and correcting. For me the emotion behind my character and certain scenes doesn't quite transfer from my head to the written word the first time around. Again, I tend to dwell on this too much. Creating a novel isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. And on that note, time to get some more word sprints in. See you on the flip side.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Hop: A Little About Me

I was invited to this blog hop by A. L. Kessler, make sure you go check her out here!

About A.L Kessler:

A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author living in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. When she’s not at beck and call of the household—made up of her cats, dog, daughter and husband—she can be found hard at work on her next novel. In those rare moments of free time, she can be found playing video games, crafting, or reading.

About K. Margaret!

1) What am I working on?

Currently I am working on the first two books in a paranormal/romance series called Dark Dreams. The first book, Dare to Dream, I’m hoping to have out by the end of fall 2014 and will introduce the reader to the world of demonoids and slayers.  The second book in the series, Endless Nightmare, will most likely be a novella, and is the origin story of my absolute favorite character of mine, an empusae demon apyly named, Empusa.  More information on both of these stories will be up in my blog this summer.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think one of the biggest difference in my books is the way I portray demons. While most base them off of a religious basis, and usually have their counterpart, the angel, included, my demons are just like any other creature. There are good ones, bad one, and everything in between.

Also, while I do write romance, I have a different take on happily ever after than other writers in the genre. Happily ever after to me doesn’t necessarily mean two people ending up together, getting married and having babies. I listen to what my characters say and don’t force them into the cookie cutter box if that’s not where they fit. Now, I will say some of them want to be in that box and I won’t fight them on that.

3) Why do I write what I do?

A couple years ago a friend of mine asked me to help her with a storyline she was writing for a group we RPed in together. At that time, writing was something I did for fun and never really thought about doing it for anything more than a small escape. This one character changed all of that. She became part of me and helped me create worlds and being that I never would imagined could exist inside my head.  She just continued to tell me her story and I knew that I had to write it. The more I wrote, the more confident I became. I write what I do because one person handed me the keys to my creativity in the form of an empusae demon, named Empusa.

4) How does your writing process work?
Not sure if you can what I do a process. Once I have a basic idea in my head of the characters, location, and basic plot, I first like to write down descriptions of each character that will be in the story. Next I like to draw out a timeline of events so I have a basic idea of what needs to come when. Then, I just start writing. Sometimes it just flows and sometimes I need to stop in the middle of a chapter, but it aside and come back to it later. I have discovered that usually when I am blocked, it’s because the characters aren’t ready for that particular scene. I’ve learned to follow those voices in my head instead of ignoring them.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

It's that time of the year. Last November I participated in NaNoWriMo and, surprisingly to me, I finished Endless Nightmare before the end of November. So I thought, if I managed to do it once, it was time to do it again. This month the goal is to finish Dare to Dream by the end of April. Unlike the last NaNo, this time I can work on a WIP. So far I have over 24,000 words written before the start date, a complete outline of every chapter and pages of notes. Ah, organization, how nice we are finally on the same side.  If I'm not neck deep in my panther and my slayer this month, I'll try to remember to update you guys with the progress I'm making.  Since my ultimate goal is to have the first draft finished by April 1st, the first set of edits completed shortly after and the 1st round of betaing being sent out by the middle of May, I better get my ass in gear. From my lips, to the writing gods' lips.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Featured Author Friday

A good friend of mine, and amazing author in her own right, featured me on her Feature Author Friday. Click the link and check it out. While you're there check out all the current and up coming projects for Mia.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Inspiration Comes When It Wants To

When it comes to creating ideas for a book or characters, every writer has different ways to find inspiration. Movies, TV shows, music, news; there are so many things out there that can spark an idea and help create a whole new world. For me, most of my inspiration comes from historical research, music and photo shoots of the models that I use as my 'muses'.

The other day, I was researching one of my characters, Buer, who happens to be an actual historical demon, and came across some information on him that I hadn't seen in my previous research. One word stuck out for me and that one word created an entire story in my head. I never tended to write a story about Buer and his wife, Renata (the King and Queen of the Demon Hell Realm, Gehenna), but reading that word had made me change my mind.

Sometimes a story will start and there will be characters involved that don't need a back story. Sometimes those characters aren't ready to tell it to you yet. (I have this problem with Berith. The man is very tight lipped about his background). Then when you least expect it, that voice that usually stayed so quiet just starts talking and that character that you once thought as a 'minor character' transforms into something that you never expected.

Never let yourself stress over the fact that a voice in your head is silent.  They'll tell you their story when they are ready and not before hand. Just like your readers when they read your stories, a little mystery is good for the soul. Trust me when I say, the wait is worth it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thinking Like A Reader

Different ideas come at different times and sometimes it's not an idea but a lack of one. When I woke up this morning I realized that there was something missing from Endless Nightmare. The end was falling flat for me. So on my long drive to work I tried to piece together just what was missing and what I realized was, if I was the one reading this book I would be pissed and annoyed when I got to the end and not the good kind of pissed. It's one thing to leave a story with a cliffhanger, it's another thing to leave it with a cliffhanger and then put another book with different characters next and make a reader wait that much longer for the book that will continue the original story. Thinking as a reader, I don't think I would bother reading the next book when it came out. By then I would be detached from the characters. So with that in mind, I decided that Endless Nightmare needs to be book 2 and Dare to Dream: Nellie and Nathaniel's story needs to come first. Luckily for me I have already started writing that. This might put me behind my goals but I would rather do it correctly than mess the whole thing up from the beginning.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Twisted Tales ~ Tink

Chapter Three of my erotic, twisted tale version of Tinker Bell and Hook is posted over at the Wickedly Twisted Tales Blog. Head over and check it out, and feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think so far.

Neverland will never be the same...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Endless Nightmare ~ Character Descriptions

Slowly but surely I'm going to be adding character descriptions for all the players in Endless Nightmare.  Some information can't quite be told yet, because some secrets will be worth the wait.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Is In The Air: Flash Fiction Blog Hop and Giveaway

For this flash fiction there were only two of my characters that came to mind right away when it came to love and Valentine's Day; Lenox and Mercy. These two won't have their whole story told until sometime later in the Dark Dream series but you will get to know through all of the books. A little preview to one of my favorite couples. 

“We keep circling and always end up back in the same place.”

Brushing her thumb over Mercy’s bottom lip, Lenox shook her head in denial. “Don’t you get it, Merc?  It’s you and me against the world.  It always has been, it always will be.  No matter how much time passes.  No matter how many obstacles get in our way or what our families think, it will always be you and me.” She knew Mercy was about to argue with her, it was the second thing that they were best at.  Of course those arguments always ended up in the most ferocious love making, but today of all days she didn’t want to fight. So before Mercy was able to get a word out, she leaned forward and place her lips against hers.  There was no better way to silence her female and they both knew it.

She felt the instant that Mercy had given in.  Her lips parted on a sigh and she leaned up to meet her kiss with a little more force.  That was her mercenary, all hard exterior and toughness, but when you got down to the bare bones of it, Mercy was all softness and grace.  It was that contradiction that had first drawn Lenox to her all those centuries ago.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

What you think you're going to write, is never what you actually write...

Endless Nightmare is the first book I'm writing in the Dark Dream Series and also the one that I never planned on writing.  The series was supposed to start with Dare To Dream where Empusa was to make a cameo  with her main story coming next (which she will still be getting).  Turns out that my favorite demon had other things in mind.  Let me tell you, she normally does.  This book isn't your typical story, as it isn't a romance (the rest of the series is).  When the idea came to me, and the people who have always supported my writing and characters wanted to read more about Empusa, I knew that the story wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but I knew that it needed to be written.  I went back and forth with that fact.  I know most reader want to read a story with a beginning, middle and end. With romance and love. They won't get that with Endless Nightmare.  This is the story about how Empusa became the way she is, starting from when she was twelve years old and finds herself being thrown into a realm she isn't supposed to survive in.  It's the story of her survival and one that I feel needs to be told to understand her better.  Sometimes, as a writer, you need to stay true to your characters and accept the fact that you will never please everyone.  With this story though, you will get to meet and understand other characters that will be present throughout the series.  If you like sex, violence, complicated relationships, and a strong female lead that doesn't take shit from anyone, well this book just might be in your wheelhouse.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A little something about me...
Blogging is a new thing for me.  I do the twitter thing, when I remember to.  Have my instagram account, mostly to browse through more than post.  Then of course my Facebook page, which I tend to remember more than the others.  So why not throw one more thing into the mix while I'm at it.  So bare with me while I blindly work my way through this, and hope to remember to actually post.