Beautiful Books 2017

Hello, everyone! Since I don’t have access to devices this weekend, I thought I’d schedule a fun I hope post. I’m not doing NaNo this year, but I am outlining my WIP Legacy Unending, so I’m answering the first two rounds of questions.

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What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

About two years ago, I had a character named Kendall I used to roleplay. I went through a few novels trying to come up with a plot for her. Now she’s named Kamri and I’m SUPER. EXCITED. This idea is the one.

Describe what your novel is about!

Kamri Taylor tried to run away, but after failing discovered there’s a lot more to be found in her town than she once thought: the secrets of a dead girl, a lingering promise of hope, and maybe even the love of Jesus.

That’s my mini-blurb. It’s a work in progress.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

johannMetro?

violin / subway / run away / legacy 

These are a few of the images from my WIP Pinterest board. I have it set to private right now, but I might publicize it later. The sub-boards update has been really helpful for organizing book/character aesthetics.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Kamri Taylor, Collin LastNameToBeDetermined, Mason Garay, Araey Santarelli, Brynne Brandon, Tara Brittingham, and the very dead Madilyn Garay!

I don’t feel like describing them all. Oh well.

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Right now, I’m working out the kinks in my outline and I’m about to buy Scrivener to organize it all. I have a lot of ideas: outline notes, setting pictures, face claim, character traits, research references, etc. I think it’s going to make for an amazing, stress-free first draft.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

KAMRI MY DARLING. I adore all my characters, especially when they get in fights. Seriously. Kamri and Araey fight, Kamri and Tara fight, Kamri and Mason fight, Mason and Collin fight… it’s dramatic and full of conflict. I love it.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

1. Small town California.

2. It’s varied – there are sections of town that are falling apart, and there are sections where rich and famous people live. That also creates a lot of conflict between my characters.

3. There are actually two small towns. I lied. In that other small town is a cafe run by my precious Kaelin from another novel that’s on hold right now. I couldn’t resist.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Kamri’s main goal that drives the inner and outer conflict is to be someone worthy of love. Since that’s so subjective, she fails repeatedly and makes things worse for herself.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

At the end of the novel, she’s learned a lot. How to keep a friendship, everyone has secrets, that God exists, and that He loves who she is. My novel is very introspective on life.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

Worth, love, family, friendship. I want readers to be in awe and think it was beautiful, and I hope they’ll view life a bit differently, as novels tend to make you do. It’s ambitious, I know, but I’ve never gotten anywhere without a dose of ambition.

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

I know why I’m leaving, but I don’t know where I’m going.

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Kamri! Can’t you tell? 😉

What do you love about your novel so far?

EVERYTHING. Especially the fighting, if I haven’t mentioned that already, along with constantly making my characters’  lives miserable.

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

For this novel, I think the middle is going to be my favorite. It has love, drama, embarrassment, fighting, and a lot of music.

How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

For some things, I keep totally private. I believe only one person has ever read a full novel of mine. It does motivate me to share ideas, though.

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

Absolutely falling in love with my story. Sometimes doing anything is hard, but when my writing excites me it’s all the easier.

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

1. Write all the words you have in you.

2. Read all the books you can.

3. Learn everything you can.

Thanks for reading this incredibly long post about me rambling over my novel! What about you guys? SHARE WITH ME ALL THE FACTS ABOUT YOUR WRITINGS. I adore hearing about other people’s novels. Answer any of the questions up there, send snippets, share your word count, or let your characters get into fights. Whatever tickles your fancy.