What am I working on now?
In June, I'll start the query process for THE ACCIDENTAL WARLOCK, a story about a young woman who discovers she was prepared before birth to serve as the body for an extremely powerful demon. I've been polishing this book for months, and I'm eager to see how it does once I start querying. I also have three or four plots in various stages of development, one of which I've had all kinds of success with over the past nine days. No details about those, because I have no idea which will actually become books.
How does my book differ from others within its genre?
Both the heroines are gay, and the main couple is an interracial one. Sad to say, those are going to be the major differences people see if TAW gets published. I really wish both of those were more common in the fantasy genre, where in theory books could feature all kinds of people and worlds and situations never before seen, but the idea that heroes have to be straight, white, and male is still far too prevalent. -_-
Why do I write what I do?
Because it's in my head and needs to come out. Seriously. I came up with Abraxas, the world TAW takes place in, back in 2003, and my
How does my writing process work?
Before I begin writing, I take a shot of liquor (usually rum) and eat a little bit of chocolate. Alcohol loosens up the brain, and has proven to affect the language centers, while sugar has always been fuel for my writing. (I used to eat lumps of brown sugar before writing when I was a teenager. Don't judge.) I then play the song I've chosen for the book - every book gets one - and pace about my apartment, mentally preparing myself. Then, I put on a CD - every book gets one of those too - and pull on my headphones. By then, the first sentence for the night's work has usually come to me, so I write that, and then I'm off and running.
Most of the time, what I'm writing flows out of my head without too much trouble. Not bragging, it's just the truth. And much of that stuff that flows so easily gets the hell beaten out of it with the editing stick. My editing process is lengthy and intensive, but it's totally worth it.
Music is an absolutely essential part of my writing process. I can write without it, but it just plain doesn't feel right. I am thankful to be able to drop a CD into my computer, though. Way back in high school, the stereo at my dad's house was around the corner from the study where the computer was. That computer was a DOS machine with 640K of RAM and an amber monitor. So I had to put a CD in the stereo, crank it way the hell up, then hurry to the study and start writing. Many times, my dad came home from work to find me in the study, pounding away at the keyboard with seven fingers since I didn't know how to touch-type yet, with Meat Loaf's "Bat out of Hell II" cranked up to eleven. Sorry, Dad.
So now I need to tag some other people for this thing, hmm? Let's see... I'll tag Rena, because she and I have had more than a few rambling back-and-forth conversations about our processes before, and I'll tag Anna, who said she liked hearing about others' processes. ^_^ Have at it!
Next entry: what's in a name? Or, for some characters, What the hell is your name?!