A: For Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest I was about halfway through the first draft when it became clear to me I needed to utilize a timeline. I stopped writing immediately and opened a new document and then I read from the beginning. I sorted out the days and events I had already done and then kept the document handy for future events. That time I hadn’t made a mistake, but I could have, and it became a real time-saver later.
If you haven’t yet read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, you should. All 4 books are out. This is their order:
Plus there’s a companion piece to Eclipse entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Wondering who is Bree Tanner and why does she get a novella? There’s also a guide to the world, The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide.
Meyer was working on Edward’s version of Twilight called Midnight Sun until it was leaked. That’s pretty good too. Who doesn’t love getting inside Edward’s head?
If you’re a Twilight fan…
And are itching for more books to read that give off a similar flavor check out these trilogies, series, classics, and stand alone novels. There are 40 books in all!
The recommendations are in no particular order.
Blueblood Series by Melissa de la Cruz:
Love Triangle. Check. Vampires. Check.
Five books are published so far. Ten are predicted. The next is coming out later this year. Here is the reading order:
Theater Illuminata Trilogy by Lisa Mantchev:
Love Triangle. Check. Paranormal/Fantasy. Check. Fairies? Theater? Drama! Check! Check! Check! Here is the reading order:
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Five books published so far. Last book in the series on Rose will come out December of this year. Here is the reading order:
A spin off series set in the same world, taking side characters and turning them into main characters with a whole new storyline and plot believed to start releasing in 2012.
House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast:
Vampires. Check. Love Triangle. Check.
Seven books published so far. Twelve books predicted for the series in total. Here is the reading order:
There will also be a companion piece that gives the 411 on the book series called The Fledgling Handbook 101.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater:
Werewolves. Check. Young Adult Romance. Check.
One published. One about to be published. One to be published summer of 2011. Here is the reading order:
Fallen Angels by Becca Fitzpatrick:
Paranormal Romance. Check. Love Triangle. Check.
Here is the reading order:
Fallen Series by Lauren Kate:
Paranormal Romance. Check. Love Triangle. Check.
One book published. One about to be released. Rumored two more to come. Here is the reading order:
Classics and Single Titles:
The first three classics were mentioned and inspired Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. Won’t your English teacher be proud!
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Edward as Mr. Darcy? Featured in Twilight.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Featured in New Moon.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Featured in Eclipse.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Gothic romance. It’s what people read before vampires. 😉
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Love Triangle.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Fantasy romance with an immortal theme.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – Fantasy romance with a curse.
- Beastly by Alex Flinn – Paranormal romance with a curse.
You can’t go wrong with any of the books on this list. Are there any books we’ve missed that you’d add? Let me know!
A: Yes, give yourself a deadline or end goal. You’re going to want to meet it and possibly exceed it. There’s lots of wonderful stories about writers who have finished a book in mere days, or completed massive amounts of prose for the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.) What works for you?
I love fan art so when Michele Carpenter, the narrator for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, told me that she created a few pieces I was super excited. I present to you for your viewing pleasure a drawing of Zaria Fierce and the river-troll, Olaf.
I don’t know about you, but Olaf is adorable and I would love him as a stuffed animal. 🙂
Isn’t she gorgeous? I love her!
A: I was looking for troll art on Google Image Search. It started with John Bauer and then I thought I saw someone emulate his style on Deviant Art.
When I got to Deviant Art I did not find the piece that I remembered, but I did find a few artists that I liked better with their own drawing styles. From there, I scoured multiple profile pages, Etsy accounts, blogs, personal websites, Facebook, and more to learn more about these artists and their work.
Then I reached out to the few I liked best to see if they were open about commission work. Of the artists I reached out to I really hoped Eoghan Kerrigan would be interested in working with me. He was! And I am so thrilled with every sketch he’s shared with me. It’s so much fun to see the book come alive. I am truly grateful to have such a talented artist illustrate my book.
A: I’m not usually a big quote person. There are quotes that I love from many sources, especially books which make a book memorable for me. But, I think you’re looking to know if I live by any of these quotes. So, in that vein, a Chinese fortune cookie was my daily motivation to keep going on Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest. It said, “You should be able to undertake and complete anything.”
A: How you write it. Do you think it through? Look for the ways to enhance a story or world? Do you research? Do you plot? Do you allow for spontaneity? Writing is personal and it is fluid. What works for you is not what works for someone else be it either in the telling or the reading of it. Faults aren’t always bad. You can embrace them and run amok and produce something very fine indeed. Not everyone will get it, but some will love you for it. A perfectly engineered book is also delightful. When every thread is wrapped up to perfection and an author makes it appear effortless (which it can be…sometimes…) it is beautiful and deeply satisfying. Just be passionate about your topic or story and the rest will follow.
A: I queue my book playlist, and find a song to start the day or hit shuffle. Sometimes I reread the last scene, but if I do reread, I only allow myself to make nominal changes to it before continuing. Editing, as I’ve heard, is the biggest time suck to your writing process if you let it rule you before its time comes. I’m careful to not do too much of it until the book’s first draft is done.