Friday, August 22, 2008


It’s Friday and my energy is flagging. I don’t have any secrets to share this afternoon, but I am still taking questions. Is there anything in particular that you’d like to know about my approaching to writing books? How do I craft a scene? How do I know when to put in a chapter break? How do I name my characters? What are my preferred resources when it comes to writing and research? What is it you want to know about my writing style?

In the meantime, I’m going to kick back today and try to relax. I have some revamping of my plot outline to accomplish tonight. Yes, I’ve made the ugly discovery that my novel is running short and changes need to be made ASAP before it becomes even more difficult to fix. This weekend I will be writing. Lots and lots of writing. Book 3 is due to my editor in October. Not only do I have to finish this book, but I’m going to have edits for Dayhunter as well as edits for novella that I wrote in the late Spring.

And in case you’re wondering, I did manage to hold onto the USA Today Bestseller list for a third consecutive week. In fact, I jumped from #120 to #116. Thanks again for all your support.


chuck said...

This afternoon picked up your book at Borders in Chatsworth, CA. They have it displayed as you walk into the store. It looks fascinating! I'm looking forward to the read.

Julio said...

I have a question if I may.
Does your photography affect your writing or is it the other way around?

Ciara said...

I just picked up your book and after 3 pages am hooked - love your writing style. It was fun meeting you at RWA Nationals!

Freedom Star said...

Congrats on the USA Today's Bestseller List! My question is what do you do when you get writers block?

Jordan said...

I find a writer's life as fascinating as it is isolated. I'm curious what your primary motivation for getting published was and in what order you'd rank the following incentives:

1. To gain the respect of peers
2. To gain respect for yourself
3. To attain "fame and fortune"
4. To become fully self-sustaining in a profession you love
5. Some other reason?

Was there a specific catalyst in your life that prompted an escape into writing?

Before you had caught the eye of publishers, had you ever felt that getting published was unlikely in such a competitive market? Were there many naysayers to contend with?

Finally, once the Dark Days series is written and published, what happens next? Is it the agent who presses you for more material, the publisher, neither or both? Does a new contract get negotiated based on the sales of the previous series?

My apologies in advance for the barrage.