In fact, my heroine has three very different men to choose from during the course of the story!†
Now that you have released your first book, The Rest Falls Away, and are preparing to release your second, Rises The Night, how has the process of writing and publishing changed for you? Is it easier the second time around?
It is easier the second time around… a little. The time seems to move faster, and I know what to expect. But there’s still the thrill of getting the new cover art for the book, of having my editor read the new book (I just turned in the third book to her) and loving it, the thrill of having the final version come back to me, ready to go to print and to see how it’s going to look. And then the receipt of the books themselves!
Rises the Night was the first book I had to write under a contractual deadline, so that was a new experience for me. And it worked out fine, and the two other books I’ve had to write since have been smoother than I thought.
However, before I was published, I wrote for me and under my timeline. Now not only do I have a deadline (which is actually good, because it makes me more productive!), but I also have to turn in to my editor a synopsis of what I’m going to write about before I actually do. That was a big change for me, for I usually wrote my books by the seat of my pants - meaning, I often didn’t know what was going to happen until it did! Quite literally.
So, having to think about that first was a big thing for me. And, to be honest, when I turned in The Bleeding Dusk (Gardella Chronicles Book Three), only about 10% of it was what I had originally written in the synopsis that I’d turned in and that had been approved. That was a little nerve-wracking, waiting to hear from my editor. However, she loved the book - and I’m blessed, because she really understands that writers work differently. Some people like to outline (not me) or plot everything out before they write, and for others (like me), the creative process is the actual writing of the story.†
If you sold movie rights to your books what actors do you think should play Victoria, Max, and Sebastian?
Oooh! Such a fun topic. Something I’ve never even considered before! (Not!)
Okay, let’s see.
I like Emmy Rossum (from The Phantom of the Opera) for Victoria… but she’d have to have curly hair.
For Rockley (Philip), I like Nicholas Cage, although he’s a bit old… though he would do. Or Sean Bean (again, getting a little old)… or Patrick Wilson (Raoul from The Phantom of the Opera).