Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Look for anything unusual." "Like a Trekkie with a girlfriend?"

 I have another writing update post planned for tomorrow, if all goes well. I've been having a lot of fun lately with the re-write of this book. The same thing happened with the last re-write of the first book. All of the characters decided they would act more like themselves and pulled all kinds of surprises on me. Anyways, more on that later though.

 Today I'd like for you all to meet my friend Anne, who is writing a wonderful series I can't read yet because it isn't published. (This is how it is with a lot of my writer friends. They have amazing books they are working on, but I have to wait for them to be in print to read them.)
 You can find Anne's blog HERE!!
 Now, moving on.

Hey there everyone! My name is Anne-girl, I'm fifteen going on sixteen and I'm one of God's Works In Progress. I've been writing since November of 2011 and I have completed three books and am about two thirds of the way through a forth one. My passions are writing, learning, reading, pretending, and growing in Christ. 

My current Novel is called The Point of No Return. In a world where the only law is no law an army attacks the defenseless forcing a redemption-seeking outcast to face his own lack of assurance as a civil war challenges his newfound understanding of right and wrong.   

 Welcome! It is wonderful to have you today!
Great to be here! 
I know from reading your blog that you are devoted writer who is currently working on a series of books you like to call Epic Fantasy. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)
Well actually it's called Epic Fiction the point being that it's like Fantasy{ with quests and adventure and inner battles and themes and epic settings} but doesn't have any magic.  

 Where did you first get the ideas for this series? And did they first come from a plot idea or from characters?
Great question! I first got the idea for this story when I was out in my backyard not really doing anything. Suddenly this highwayman dressed in stunning red and black riding clothes presented himself to me. he was riding a chestnut filly and his name was Roddy. From there is just kind of took off. The next leap was wondering what it must be like to be forced to steal. That led me to writing this. Then my sister Amy came up with the name Eric and the betrayal scene popped into my head and as they say, the rest is history. 
   (I love it when characters just walk up and ask - demand - us to write their stories. They make some of the best characters.)
 Do you write romance? Why or why not? 
I most certainly do write romance. When I first started writing I told myself I would never write a heroine older than myself. That got trashed quickly. No Return is my forst attempt at writing a romance for the main characters though and I find I like it immensely. There is something so satisfying about nudging two people closer and closer until boom! realization dawns! Sometimes I think I'm Emma Woodhouse in disguise.

 I know you get very involved with your characters. What part do you like best about creating new characters? And how do you usually come up with personalities or do they do that on their own?
I'm never really sure how my characters come about. I find often I can't remember whether I had a thought or an introduction after it's over.Roddy came with no assembly required while I distinctly remember agonizing over Lydia's character until I felt liek Samantha Barks {her character cast} was coming out of my ears.
  (It might just be me, but I often find boy characters are easier, as if they come all planned out and don't like us to change who they are much. Girls allow us more freedom to plot their characteristics, which is sometimes more of a pain. At least, speaking from personal experience.)
 How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Let's break this down. I spend about a half an hour plotting in the mornings when I'm done my chores. This usually stretches into an hour since I have so much fun doing it.  then i spend two hours in the afternoon writing on my WIP. Once I hit two thousand words I use what ever time is left over {usually between 45 minutes or 3 depending on my level of inspiration} to work on any Bluebell{ a plot bunny that turns luminescent like a fairy} that I fancy.  Then if there isn't anything mom needs me to do I sometimes spend a half an  hour with my notebook scribbling anything that comes into my head. And then there are the times when I just go down to the basement and plot even when I'm supposed to be reading or journaling. I'm kind of addicted to writing.   

 When you are not writing what do you like to do?
Write? Wait that doesn't count. I read a lot, I visit at the nursing home across the street, I do laundry {don't really enjoy that one too much} I study history and science on my own, I play cluedo with my siblings, or Les Miseropoly, I goof off with Amy, or read to Jerry. I blog. I weed the garden. See? See? I have a life! I aslo email and journal but only when my to do list gets up and makes me. 
(Well, you have more of a life than me at least. *Grin*)
 Do  you sometimes find yourself acting out parts of your books?
Do I? All the time. Today I did a bit from No Return in which I had to act out a battle. I was very sticky and moist when it was over. 

 Do you listen to music as you write or do you prefer silence? If you listen to music what kind do you like best?
I used to listen to movie soundtracks from stuff like How to Train Your Dragon and The Hobbit but since I started doing a twenty five minutes on five minutes off interval for writing I stopped listening to music. I'll probably start again at some point I tend to go in spurts.
 (I like your choices!)
 What first inspired you to write?
Well first of all I have a sister who is the best writer ever in that there is never anything wrong with her writing {seriously you should have seen me and the sage trying to critique some of her work it was like pulling teeth to find something to criticize} and I've always kind of loved the thought of her making up stuff that was never there before. But I guess it goes further back than that. When I was little I got into the habit of telling myself stories before I went to sleep, now I can't go to sleep without them. But the final push that sent me flying was reading my dear Jeeves' blog. I wanted a writing blog too but I couldn't have one unless I wrote, so I started the young writers program for naNo with a 30,000 word novella.

 Do you hope to publish someday? (I hope this one is a yes because I want to read your books.) If so do you plan to self publish or traditional?
YES! I've self published one book so far which is utter and complete nonsense in the tradition of Aliceand Pooh. I also plan to self publish a book on how to have fun writing a novel but after that I want to pursue traditional publishing with my Telskolia books.
 (Oh yes! Sadly, I had forgotten you already had a book published! I know what I am buying with a certain gift card.)
 Have you learned anything about yourself through your writing? 
I've learned not to take my self so seriously and how to prioritize. I've learned how to accept that sometimes people aren't as interested in writing as I am. I've learned that I am an extrovert and what that really means. And I've learned that I am not a planner or a panster but a planster.

 And lastly, how much is your family involved in your writing?
Well all three of my sisters write. My little brother is a Roddy fan.My Sister Molly is an even bigger one though he has thretened on occasion to thwack him upside the head with a two by four. I have an uncle who is really interested in my books and always asks after them. But other than that my family isn't much interested in my writing. I guess that was one of the hardest lesons about writing, not everyone is as excited about it as you are.
(A lesson I think all authors learn sooner or later.)
Yikes! Kind of depressing note to end on! I'll give you something cheerfuller. How about a closing quote from my own dear Princess and the Sage?

The Sage poked his head out from under the butler’s elbow, “We don’t buy from peddlers!” he came all the way out and swept the foreign dignitary’s assistant with a glance that would have frozen brandy pudding. 
The assistant was possessed of a great monocle and a great chin and a great stomach and a great, great, huge mustache. He certainly didn’t look like a peddler.

Toodle-pip all! And to all goodnight! 

 (Thank you, Anne! It was fun having you! As always.)

 My dad and brothers were using this quote the other day, which they said they got from the second Inspector Gadget movie. (They were using it after my mum and I were trying to figure out which episode it is where Spock and Kirk dress up in Western clothing.) Naturally, they had to change it to a Trekkie with a boyfriend, but it still made me giggle.




  1. Nice interview. I marvel at people who can just sit and write for hours upon hours.

  2. Great interview! I love when characters pop up fully formed too - they're so real sometimes :)

  3. Thanks for posting this Jack. Yeah I find boy characters easier too. Maybe it;s because I don't have to deal with balancing them between damsel in distress and and a rock 'em sock 'em warrior princess.

  4. A lovely interview! I applaud you for your dedication throughout the day to writing. While I love writing, it takes a lot to get me away from what I'm doing to get myself to that special place.

  5. She writes a thousand words an hour or better? Damn, I am so slow! The daily NaNo count took me about five hours.


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