Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meeting Kresley Cole, Finding Inspiration, Focusing on the Characters

Hello out there!

This week has definitely been a big one for me.  On Monday, I strolled unassumingly COMPLETELY INTENTIONALLY into my local Wal-Mart.  Guess what they had on the shelves a whole day early?!  Kresley Cole's Demon From The Dark!  I finished the book by Tuesday night, and it was amazing.  Her best yet!  I WANT a Malkom Slaine!

On Wednesday, I got to MEET Kresley because she was in Atlanta for book signings.  I got to talk to her for a good 15-20 minutes, pretty one-on-one and it was awesome.  She's so nice and cool and sweet and funny and writerish and it was just a kick ass time!  Meeting her totally reaffirmed my need to write.  If she, a normal gal like m'self, can do it...then SO CAN I!

I'm off today and tomorrow, and after meeting Kresley, I went out and bought a shiny new spiral notebook (a sure sign that I intend to write and not be bothered by the outside world for a solid 48 hours).  I've got the world building and researching down - now it's time to really solidify my characters.  Kresley said in a recent online chat that she usually starts with characters, then the story and circumstance follows.  I've already gotten so much on paper now that I've thought about it that way!  As an avid reader of romance, it's easy to forget the elements that go into the stories when you're trying to turn around and write them.  Especially with Paranormal Romance, it can be easy to focus so much on doing something "different" and "new" that you lose the essence of what makes it a Paranormal ROMANCE - the ROMANCE and the CHARACTERS.  At the end of the day, the love story is the most important aspect romance.  Period.  Now that I'm back to that, I'm feeling like I can move on from researching.  MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP!

So, as I'm writing this and working on carving out my characters, I've got the Lord of The Rings on in the background and I'm in the zone!  Here's hoping that I don't get thrown off course!

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors?  What was it like?  If you're a writer, how did meeting them influence your approach to your own writing?


Monday, August 23, 2010



Today, in like 30 minutes, I'll be taking part in the love Ustream chat with Kresley Cole.  Tonight at midnight, I'll be able to download the book, already purchased, on my Nook.  Wednesday, I'm MEETING the GOLDEN ONE herself (Kresley) at one of her Atlanta book signings!  YAY!  I'm off Thursday and Friday, so I'm going to try to and hold off on reading until then - yeah, RIGHT!  I'm sure that by then, I'll be on my second or third re-read already!  The Immortals After Dark Series is SO the literary equivalent of CRACK!


Oh, and a BIG congrats to Roni Griffin (The Fiction Groupie)!  Home girl landed herself an agent!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Titles are fun!

Ok, so I think I've finally got the title for Book I of The Sanguine Chronicles...Are you ready?

Dead Girls Have Needs, Too

I'm kind of loving it!

Short and sweet today!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Home Stretch!

The count-down continues until the release of Kresley Cole's new book Demon From The Dark!  Release day is August 24th AND she's going to be in Atlanta for the book signings!  I will be a HAPPY girl that day!

In other news, Roni Griffin (the lovely bloggeress of *Fiction Groupie*) was lucky enough to attend the RWA convention this year...I'd be jealous, but she's been nice enough to post some really fun, interesting, and useful tidbits in her blog this week.  I haven't reached the query stage just yet, but her post from today on the do's & dont's of querying will prove useful...I'M SURE OF IT!  I queried a long time ago when I was still working on my young adult stuff - more just trying to test the waters.  I did just about EVERYTHING wrong that Roni pointed out.  Her blog is already listed in my resources section, but I want to re-recommend her.  Excellent stuff!

Not much to throw out there today as far as my own writing.  I've been researching some more.  I gotta tell ya, Norse and Celtic history/mythology/folklore is SO MUCH FUN to study!  Writing can be such a fun excuse to be a nerd.  :)

P.S.:  If you're as big of a Kresley Cole addict as I am, feel free to join me over in her forum.  My username is "lilashriel".  Also, if you're in Atlanta and want to hang out at a book signing with me, just shoot me an email (!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A little over a month of silence can be a good thing

Hello there...long time, no blog.

I have my reasons, though!  For one, my grown-up job (in property management) has been insanely busy!  I just wrapped up an 8-day work week. 

The real reason I've been M.I.A has been that I had (or thought I had) writer's block.  I couldn't write anything.  I got a LOT of researching done, but I couldn't get much written.  I also did a lot of brainstorming, but that never got put to paper.  It's just now hit me why.

I love my story.  Really I do.  It's paranormal romance and it's hot and sexy and everything I love about the genre....but something just wasn't right.  About 3 years ago, I had been writing a YA fantasy.  I got SO far with it, and then just stopped.  I mean, I had the world fleshed out to the point where I even have an extremely detailed map of the world that the story takes place in.  For whatever reason...I just stopped.  I promised myself that when the time was right, I'd come back to it.  About 2-3 months after I stopped writing this YA fantasy, I began working on my paranormal series.  I haven't been able to flesh it out as well as my YA, and I've never been able to pinpoint the reason for that.  I think that's been part of the problem for me moving forward beyond the first few chapters of the first book in the series.

Well, I don't know if it's the fact that I finally got some rest, but the solution to my problems hit me like a ton of bricks this morning.  My YA fantasy series was never SUPPOSED to be YA.  And the reason I couldn't get me Paranormal off the ground was that the characters were perfect, but the story wasn't...I got to thinking in my drousy haze this morning, 'What if I combine the world of my YA and the elemenets/characters of my Paranormal that I love?'

All of a sudden, I'm excited again.  It's like the answers were there all along.

I don't want to go into too much detail, but I will tell you this.  I am, and always have been, fascinated by folklore and ghost stories...particularly Irish, Scottish, and American (both Colonial and Southern).  In my paranormal, I was trying too hard to peg myself into working with Romanian archetypes and I just wasn't enjoying it as much.  It's fun and interesting, don't get me wrong, but it's just not the same.  I've got to do what I love...

So anyway, in a sense, it's like I'm going back to the drawing board.  But in a lot of ways, I'm working with a story that I've already written, I just need to rework and add to it.  We'll see how it pans out!

In more good news - I'm down to only 20 days until the release of the new Kresley Cole book, Demon From The Dark.  I've been stalking her forum and the web for news and found this little nugget of pure, unadulterated awesomeness - On/around the 24th, Kresley will be in Atlanta doing book signings!  I live in Atlanta!  I'm SO going to track one down!  If you live in the area and would like to join me, just shoot me an email at!

Peace out!