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Tomorrow Meljean will be back with some fun Questions and Answers, but today it's all writing, all the time.
1. Are you planning to write a book for Michael?
Yes. But I have to do a few mean and evil things to him first. Sorry --he’s just too unapproachable, and a little too ... inhuman, I guess, for him to have a romance that means anything.
2. Your books are more on the dark side, with a definite element of good vs. evil. Can you give us some insight as to why you write these types of books? (As opposed to say, light, fluffy romance).
Because I’m an insane sadist, and I like to torture my characters.
...nah, that’s only half-true. I like exploring the shades of gray, and
asking -- through my characters -- so many interesting questions. Can a
man who has killed good men ever really atone for that? Can a woman who
has made some serious mistakes in her life, destroying everything that
made her happy, ever find happiness again ... and does it take the
supernatural to do that, or can she find it in herself?
3. How many books will be in the series?
There will be eight full-length novels, with several novellas to round out the world.
4. What are your future plans for the series?
Hurting Michael. :-D No, not just that. In DEMON NIGHT, we’re introduced to a new threat to the Guardians and vampires on Earth -- I’m going to take that a step further in my next book, exposing the truth behind that
threat. Then I’ll wrap up the series as everyone deals with what’s been
5. What's your typical writing day like?
When I’m not on deadline:
6 AM: head to the computer, write a little bit.
8 AM: Wake up the girl, get her ready for pre-school, take her. Get
caffeine on my way back home.
9 AM: Check e-mails, blogs, finish up any business, take a shower, then
NOON: Get pre-schooler, try very hard to write.
5 PM: Praise the heavens when my husband gets home, try to write some more.
8 PM: Either make some kind of slop or go to in-laws for yummy yummy
10 PM: Make sure pre-schooler is in bed, promise myself to wake up and
write some more, but fall asleep, half the time.
2 AM: If I got my ass out of bed, I go back to bed.
4 AM: Crying as I get off the floor and start writing.
8 AM: Screaming as I get the tot ready for pre-school.
9 AM: Caffeine. Caffeine! Cafffffffeeeiiinnnee!! Write write write.
NOON: No, baby, Mommy’s not twitching. She’s not. *twitch* Do you want
to go to Dadima’s to play today?
8 PM: Run to McDonald’s for dinner. Caffeine. Caffeine.
CAFFFFFFFEEEEEIIIIIIINNNNNNEEEE! Write write write.
2 AM: Sobbing again as I fall unconscious onto the floor behind the sofa.
6. What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Read. Read and read and read and read and read some more. Read the good, and try to figure out what makes it good. Read the bad, and figure out why it's bad. Write and write and write until your fingers fall off.
Read more. Don’t give up. And, for god’s sake, write what you love. It hurts sometimes, so make sure you love it.
7. How do you feel your writing has changed - if at all - since you wrote your first novel?
I think my pacing is better, and my prose less opaque. I’ve learned how to make some things less confusing, and getting across information about my world-building better.
8. Do you have a clear picture in your mind as you write of your characters? I.e. do you picture a certain celebrity, real life person, etc?
I have a clear, original picture of them in my head -- I know what they look like, what they wear, how they move. Then I go and find pictures of models, actors, whoever that I can project that image onto in a solid
way. The celebrity might not look exactly like my character, but there’s usually something about them that just clicks and gives me what I need out of it.
Strangely enough, it’s NEVER candid shots of the celebrity that I use
(like paparazzi photos). They’re always projecting a certain image, or
inhabiting some other skin in the photos (like, a certain character they
are playing and promoting) -- I’m guessing that’s what resonates with
me, not the actual look of the celebrity.
Meljean has agreed to stick around as much as possible today to answer any other questions our readers might have, so leave a comment.
And don't forget to come back tomorrow when we
grill ask Meljean some of the really important questions we all want the answer to...like Boxers or Briefs? :)
And don't forget, Demon Night is available today! Download it in eBook format here and here, or buy it in paperback here and here.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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