How do you prepare to write a paranormal vs. a historical?
For my historical novella I researched the Bishop’s War between England and Scotland to understand a little more about life lived near the borders of these two countries. I also had to study the English peerage system, the geography of Northumberland, dress and fashion, and frequency of usage for words like ‘gentlemen’ and ‘good-day’. It was a great history lesson. Luckily, I love history!
In contrast, preparing for my paranormal romance was a much more creative process. I still had to research Scotland and its wonderful city, Glasgow. People, places, and layout of the city were topics I focused on. But I also delved into the myths and legends of the old Celtic gods and the Druid religion. My imagination was free to create an entire back story for the origins of the vampire, the Fates, and the various realms of the Netherworld. I enjoyed that aspect of the paranormal genre a great deal!
Where do you get your ideas?
I’ve an over-active imagination. Always have. :} Some thing or another captures my attention, and before I know it I’ve managed to conjure an entire story. Sometimes I cry, ‘Eureka!’ and other times, ‘I got a rock.’
What part of a story do you tend to think up first: the characters? Setting? Conflict?
Blushes… In my first book, I started writing scenes as I dreamt them up, creating as I wrote on. I would not recommend this! Ha. Now, I start with a few sentences to define my story idea and build characters, setting, and conflict around that premise simultaneously.
Can you tell us a little about your writing process?
As I mentioned, I begin with a simple premise and build from there. Nothing is written in stone. I’m a planner, and I utilize K.M. Weiland’s book, ‘Outlining Your Novel’. One of my favorite areas is my ‘What-If’ page(s), where I jot any ideas about plot, conflict, or action. ‘What if my heroine runs away?’ ‘What if so-and-so develops amnesia?’ ‘What if the main characters are separated by a tragedy and think one another dead?’ These questions are for exploration only, but open up my mind to endless possibilities for my story.
If you were transported to a deserted island by a mysterious hunk, who then left you there alone…which three books would you desperately wish were in your possession?
‘Survival 101: How-To For Any Climate – Bonus Features Include Boat Building, Radio Electronics For Dummies, Weapon Making, and the Handy-Dandy Materials Needed Kit – by ACME’ …for obvious reasons…
‘Creative Revenge – A Complete Course In The Art Of Vengeance’ – …Revenge is a dish best served cold, no?…
‘Pride And Prejudice’ – … to wile away the hours as I bide my time…
As you look forward, is there one genre you think you’ll write more than others?
Honestly, I’m not sure. It will depend on what ideas strike me as worth exploring! I’ve enjoyed all three of my stories thus far, and I’ve seen my writing grow and evolve with each one. Maybe I’ll discover a particular bent – but for now – it’s open ended.
What are you working on next?
Next up, I’m going to explore the time period following the Third Crusade in the Holy Land. The French referred to the Christian holding as Outremer. Knights, Acre, a caravan, and a sexy Emir are swirling around my brain as I look ahead to writing another historical novel/novella.
Now tell us more about the book that just came out.
~ ‘One Fate be granted mortal man, used for evil or good as the inner voice directs. Alas, the divine spark draws the eyes of the Fates, the Second Fate sparingly gifted by their hands. Be warned offspring of the gods, guard your gifting well. For if the Third Fate be unleashed, the soul lays bare before one so touched by the gods.’ ~
Cautious and quiet by nature, Paige Kinnell watches life unfold from the sidelines, maintaining her simple existence as a shield to hide behind. But underneath her shy, careful ways, Paige senses a disconnect with the world around her, indulging instead her ever curious interest in the legend and lore of time nearly forgotten.
One chance encounter with an ancient of the undead begins an unraveling of reality as Paige knows it, leaving her to sort through dreams and enchantments, discovering along the way that one’s Fate can be mere illusion, and that the consequences of opening her heart to another may cost dearly.
Cael Maccinnis, the handsome Highlander she’s met, seems the answer to every unspoken longing of her heart, even as he awakens dark, secret desires buried within her soul. As strange and unnerving changes begin occurring in her mind and body, Paige has no choice but to face her life’s unnatural turn and confront the frightening implications. For within Paige’s past a secret lay dormant, hidden even from her. This truth, guarded well and wielded by the Fates themselves, becomes the catalyst invoking the power of The Third Fate.