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.