Updates and hints

So, there may be some concern over Embraced, Part One. To answer that concern, I’m writing this: There will be a part 2. It’s just taking forever to write.

I’m (possibly) a quarter of the way done with Part 2, but it’s like wading through molasses–agonizingly slow.

And now onto some hints. Don’t forget, you heard it here first!!

The first hint is that I’m also starting, however slowly, on an alternate realities book for Annika. This is “hinted” at in Part 2. ūüėČ

So far, I’ve written about fifteen words on it, which is absolutely nothing in the big, or little, scheme of things, but it’s a start. As per the usual with Annika’s stories, it’s slow going. However, saying that, I do plan on writing at least two novels in that alt-reality; it may even spawn more. And with alternate realities, I can go anywhere and introduce any myth (or made up myth) that comes to my mind.

I really like the freedom alternate realities provide, as it allows me to open up whole new worlds for a stable of characters that I have grown to cherish.

Also, as I’m sure you’ve seen on my Facebook page, or not, I’ve hinted at Anya’s story. That is mostly done, I’m just working on the tie-in to Annika to complete the story there, though there will be a resolution in Anya’s standalone novella. Again, they’re taking their sweet time in letting me in on the big secrets.

Okay, what next?

Kat.

I plan on releasing at least one of Kat’s novels this year, though it’s going to take a bit of extra work, nothing horrible and nothing I can’t handle. Then I’ll do up a cover and blurb, and set a release date. Not sure when exactly, but sometime in late 2017.

Anything else?

Nope, that’s all I’ve got for updates and hints. For now. There may be more in the future…

Memory, details…what now?

Wow. ¬†Details are the bane of my existence when I’m writing. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing, and don’t ever want to give it up, but details, and remembering those pesky details, is the hardest for me, especially if it is a non-essential character. ¬†I still strive to keep the details correct.

In an effort to keep the details as seamless as possible, I use Word’s Comments feature, as well as a dedicated Word document filled with characters, name and possible aliases, descriptions, age, identifying features, where they work, and any other biographical information that comes up during the writing process.

I might only have one “novel” published but I have been writing for seven years now and have two series under my belt. ¬†The first series was my “let’s learn how to do this” and the second, which is an offshoot of the first series, is the one that benefited from five years (that’s when I started the second series) of writing knowledge.

Back to details. ¬†In the first series I have a lot of characters, and those characters are brought in to the second series, so keeping the details is imperative if I want continuity. ¬†I was lucky in the fact that I grew impatient and started a Word document with biographical info about my characters six years ago. ¬†Some of that knowledge is never used, or maybe mentioned once, but it’s there in the event I do need it.

Oh, yeah, keep everything. ¬†Keep the “cut” pieces in another document, mostly because you may bring in a character that you’ve “cut” and have to reference certain things, such as eye color or hair color, or maybe where they work, etc. ¬†I keep all of my “cuts” because I never know when I’ll need that information, which just happens to be almost never, but who knows, one day I may need that minute detail, and…I already have it, saved in a document that I rarely look at. ¬†That’s something I’ve done before. ¬†Sometimes I’ve merged two or three characters into one, and the details are mixed and matched and made whole by the “cut” pieces I kept.

So, that’s about all I have on details, memory, and all that fun stuff that no one ever thinks about.

Where in the world…

My worlds are set in today’s day and age. ¬†Since I write Urban Fantasy, I write in the world we live in now. ¬†The major change for me is that I never write about a real place, I may base that town on a real place, but the name is never someplace people will know. ¬†I make up my own town names, it’s just easier that way, for me.

In Unearthly Yarns, I don’t really ever say the name of the town, but each is based off of a place in my head, a mix of many different places I have been and rolled into a township of my imagination.

All of my novels are set in New Hampshire, a state I absolutely adore, and not just for the supernatural elements so prevalent there. ¬†I base my townships on several of the places I have lived/visited in that great state, and then mix them all together. ¬†Sometimes I move my characters to other locations that I’ve been to, and then mix those as well to make a unique place for my characters to play. ¬†I always create the newest town, and make sure it’s not a real place in NH. ¬†Just a quirk of mine. ūüėČ

Next time: intricacies of characters and how to keep the details…or my version, and what I learned.