Planning Ahead – Author Update

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I got four calenders for Christmas. FOUR. There are four rooms in my apartment, counting the bathroom. I have a calender surplus.

With the pug calender my boyfriend got me, I’ve written in important book dates from February to October. I’ve planned out when I need to finish writing Wildflower Crown (cough… cause that’s still not done… cough…), when I need to have the first and second rounds of editing done, when I need to start hyping it, when I need to have the second round of editing for Only in Whispers done, when I need to order my proof copies, when I’ll release them…

If all goes well, Wildflower Crown will come out this summer. Yes, I wrote it after Only in Whispers, and it’s further behind, but it takes place during the summer, and Only in Whispers takes place during fall, so I want to release them in their respective seasons. I know that I said some time ago that Only in Whispers was supposed to come out this month or so, and I lied, so hopefully my new plan works out better. It leaves ample time to get stuff done, and this summer is pretty much open to whatever I decide to write next.

At this point, it’s a toss up between Vica’s story and Enona’s story. Vica’s would be set in the same kingdom as Kiss of the Fey, but before Johara’s time, and Enona’s would be set in a new kingdom. Neither have titles, because the only planned books with titles have to wait. One is a sort of sequel to Wildflower Crown, but I don’t want it to seem like a sequel, since it can stand on it’s own, so I’m waiting a little to start it. The other is Kasmira’s story, so hers will come last after I’ve expanded ALL the ideas for the Fairy Curse Novels.

Beyond that, I have two more books planned, which would make for a total of nine (I think nine) books in the universe. It may end up being way more, who knows. I have sketchy plans for another medieval fantasy trilogy about a witch and a transexual vampire possibly set in the same universe as the Fairy Curse Novels so that I don’t have to make up another continent, and I have more solid plans for a modern paranormal series that I will give no details on >:D

-Charlotte Cyprus

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Beautiful Books Link Up: Writing

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

It was going pretty good, but my parents came up on my day off and I didn’t get very much writing done. I’m at the lull spot just below 20,000, so I just need to fight through that.

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

Wild raced across the field as Flower barked happily, trailing behind with her tongue lolling out. Wild jumped over a hole and sped up even more, pushing her aching muscles until she slapped her hand against the rough bark. She grinned and turned back to see where Quade had gone, but he was nowhere in sight. Before he could crest the hill, she told Flower to sit and hid herself completely, ready to surprise him.

 

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

Yes. I don’t have my computer, so to see it just go here.

 

4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters? If not, describe them for us! (Be as descriptive as you can.)

Wild has pale skin and long black hair. She’s petite and has a dainty nose with big purple eyes. Quade looks the same, though he’s taller and maler and he shaves his head in the first few chapters. Daivat has short brown hair and brown eyes. He has broad shoulders and he’s of average height, and he’s very muscular. Cadmus is very skinny with shallow skin. He has brown eyes and dark hair, and he is prone to shivering even when it’s warm.

 

5. What scene are you most excited to write?

Hmmmmm. When Wild blows things up (not literally) and has to leave the castle.

 

6. Share a snippet or a scene that you really enjoyed writing.

“I have been informed that there is something more important than our current lessons. You’ve started your bleedings, correct?”
“Yes,” Wild said. “What does that have to do with anything?”
“Dear, do you what it means to have a bleeding? Why only women get them?”
“Quade said that women have too much blood so they must bleed each month to get rid of it.”
“Oh, Mercy,” the queen said. “And how do you think children are made?”
“Like all other animal babies,” Wild said. “They start growing in your stomach and then in the spring someone has to take it out.”
“Yes, but how does it get there? Do you know a man’s part in it?”
“The man has to keep the baby healthy and protect it once it’s born,” Wild said. She smiled. Finally, she had the right answers for what the queen was telling her.
“Dear… I regret to inform you that you are wrong.”

 

7. Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

It’s happening a little differently, but it’s basically the same as I thought. I might need to add some stuff to keep it from being boring. The characters are also a bit different than I planned, but I think I’ll edit them during editing to keep them as I had imagined them.

 

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

It’s harder than I thought to keep things interesting while my character is trapped in the castle.

 

9. What’s your favorite aspect of this novel so far? Favorite character?

I think my favorite character is Cadmus. He’s just so sweet and earnest.

 

10. Have you drawn off of any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

Nope.

 

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

Not yet, but I always listen to Muse whenever I get behind. It’s just my standard writing music.

 

12. Let’s have some fun for a moment: imagine you are somehow transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

Quade, because he’s a bastard.

 

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily wordcount? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

I don’t have a computer, so there’s not much else to do other than write…

 

14. What your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

Steinbeck thought that everything he wrote was crap, so remember that next time you think your writing is shit.

 

15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

A bit frustrated. I want it to be funner and funnier, but it’s not there yet. I’ll need to add more life to it during editing once I get the framework in place.

(Here was part 1.)

Beautiful Books Link Up: Planning

What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Character. Wild was a girl in another short I had written, one that I might post if I ever find the file. I was writing with the prompt, “Your character must protect what is hers” and I wrote about this feral woman protecting a field that people were trying to develop. In that versaion, she was much older, much more feral, and she could transform into a lion. She was also ginger. I took her, made her younger, made her more fair, gave her a dog and an uncle, and then decided from her personality what the plot would be. I am most certainly a plotter, so I need to get outlining to hammer out the details.

Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?

It’s called Colors of the Sky and here is the terrible description:

Wild has been running her whole life from the power she never asked for. She does everything she can to push her dark secret from her mind, determined to fill her life with excitement and fun. When a band of outlaws comes to her with a proposition to infiltrate the royal castle and switch places with the princess, she immediately accepts the job.

Daivat’s life has always been structured and orderly. He wakes every day at dawn and practices tirelessly at his sword work and archery. His dream is to be a member of the king’s personal guard, but first he must prove himself by keeping an eye on the imposter princess while she fools visiting nobles into thinking she’s real royalty.

Wild and Daivat’s personalities collide. Can Daviat bring order to Wild’s life, or will Wild awaken something Daivat has never felt before?

What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?

Completely finished? 75,000 – 85,000. I probably won’t get much further than 50,ooo at the end of November though.

Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.

A wild girl has to learn to be proper in order to impersonate a princess. She falls in love with her guard while the real princess must deal with the outlaws that kidnapped her. When Wild’s secret is exposed, she’s threatened to go on the run once more, evading those who seek to end her life.

Sum up your characters in one word each.

Wild (since I assume I can’t use her name): Enthusiastic

Daivat: Serious.

Roseabel (whose name I forgot): Spoiled

Quade: grumpy

Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!

Wild, for sure. She is super excited about everything in life, and she thinks that pretending to be a princess is just one big game. She’s naïve enough to constantly get herself in trouble, but she’s quick-witted enough to get herself out again. Because of her, the book is going to be full of energy and fun.

What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?

There isn’t really a villain. Quade is a bit of an asshole, but in his own way he wants what’s best for Wild. In the end, she’s hunted down, but that’s still not really out of maliciousness. The outlaws are obviously outlaws, but none of them are overtly evil.

What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?

Wild just wants to have fun. She constantly fears her secret coming out and revealing itself, so she is her own worst enemy.

What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?

An injured outlaw staggers into Wild’s field. She takes him back to her cave to heal him, and then takes him to where he was supposed to meet with his outlaw friends.

Where is your novel set?

The medieval fantasy world of Arium. Specifically, the kingdom of Eskia.

What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?

  • When the queen decides to allow Wild to continue pretending to be the princess instead of having her put to death. Not only does the queen come to care for Wild, but Roseabel (I am totally spelling that wrong) was promised to the crowned prince of Blairford, and since the kingdoms have been on the verge of war for years, the queen is afraid that if they don’t produce a bride for the wedding, Blairford will call it off.
  • When Wild jumps Daivat. Literally jumps. He is not amused, but he softens up eventually…
  • When Wild’s secret is revealed. No, I’m not telling anyone what the secret is. Y’all will have to read it when it comes out.

What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?

I have to say with Quade. Her relationship with Daivat is pretty straightforward, but Quade is different. She doesn’t know he’s her uncle in the beginning, and she gets quite mad when he reveals it, because she’s never had any real family, and in the end he tells her that her mother is actually alive. The entire time, he’s been raising her waiting for her to display her secret, though he thinks he nature of her secret is MUCH different. He’s been doing it out of duty, not love, so the feelings between them are a little complicated.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

She learns to be much more level-headed. She doesn’t push people’s boundaries as much and she learns to just be calm sometimes.

Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?

I see Wild running away with Daivat with hounds at their heels. Quade finds them and takes them to his secret hideaway, with lots of interesting spoilers. Her and Daivat decide to see the world and sail away, waving to the readers as they go (not really).

What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?

I just hope that it’s as fun for the readers as I envision it. It’s going to be a lot of the character finding herself, so I hope that girls of that age (18-25) will be able to connect to it because of that, but also that people will be drawn in by the characters and the plot. I’m not aiming for anything deep here, I just want to write an enjoyable book that others will like.

 

I encourage you all to do this, I think it helps get you into the mood for NaNoWriMo. Plus it was fun. Here’s the blog I found it at, and she’s writing about a sheep so you can check that out.