Welcome my dear people to Beautiful Books #3. This is a monthly writing link up hosted by Cait of Paper Fury and Sky of Further Up, Further In. I’ll link the original set of questions here, and I’ll also link my answers for Beautiful Books #1 and #2.
I’m talking about my novel, Abditory, today which is the same book for #2 but different from #1 because I’m great at sticking to one book at a time.
1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how did the book turn out? Did anything defy your expectations?
Maybe about an 8—I feel pretty confident about this one. My characters turned out incredibly different to how I was expecting them to be, but I think I like them better like this.
2. Comparative title time: what published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.)
I’d like to say Rose Under Fire meets Black Widow, but we’ll see.
3. Do you enjoy working with deadlines and pressure (aka NaNoWriMo)? Or do you prefer to write-as-you’re-inspired?
Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines. They are honestly the only way I ever get anything in my life done. I have to give myself deadlines to eat, people.
4. How do you go about editing? Give us an insight into your editing process.
Usually I just avoid it for as long as I possibly can. I haven’t actually finished Abditory yet because it’s a big one, but I am ‘editing’ Tied Together alongside.
5. What aspect of your story needs the most work?
Abditory is set in WWII and involves a lot of planes. My older brother is a pro about this kid of stuff, so I’m forcing them to help me.
6. What aspect of your story did you love the most?
My characters, see below for reasons.
7. Give us a brief run down on your main characters and how you think they turned out. Do you think they’ll need changes in edits?
I have five main characters: Sylvia, Leora, Dominic, Bill and Rhett. The story mainly focuses on Sylvia and Leora because they are badass women, but Dominic also plays a big role because Michelle demanded an Italian boyfriend and what kind of best friend would I be if I didn’t deliver? There are a few little things I need to change about them, but I’ll worry about that when I get there.
Once I finish writing, the plan is to send it over to Michelle to devour/critique for me. She once told me she’d happily read anything I wrote, but we’ll see how she feels once I’ve bombarded her with several drafts. After that, then I get into my first round of edits. I am incredibly critical of myself, and Michelle is the only reason I’m not in a white room somewhere screaming about failure.
9. Share a favourite snippet!
“I think we’re missing the real point of this meeting here,” Dominic said seriously. Sylvia sent him a confused look. “How do you feel about cats?”
“That’s it,” Leora asked, blinking a few times. “That’s what you have to offer to our discussion? Do you like cats?” She buried her face in her hands.
“It’s a serious question,” He replied indignantly. “It’s important that we all know where each other stands on the cat issue.” He looked between his team members. “Alright then, I’ll start. Personally, I am quite fond of the little things.”
“They are evil,” Sylvia said dryly.
“That’s why he likes them so much,” Leora added, “He has something in common with them.”
“That, and he’s small and furry,” Bill commented with a grin.
“Okay,” Dominic said with a frown. “I’m getting the feeling that none of you are only fond of cats. That’s good to know. Look how much we’ve all learnt about each other.”
10. What are your writing goals and plans for 2016?
I’m going to have a whole post about this next week, so I’ll just leave this with ‘Finish Abditory’.
And there you go! If you participated in Beautiful Books, leave your link in a comment below and I’ll go and check yours out!