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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Writing Meme Thingy!!

I was tagged in this Writing Meme by Rachel, so I shall answer these questions (I love answering questions!!), and tag some fellow writers!

1) What is the title of your next book/work?
My current story will be seven books, and I’m kind of working on several at once. (Some of the timelines overlap a bit.) The series itself is currently called “The Purification Era,” which is what they in my story-world call their current era. I’m not sure if that will change or not, though I like it a lot and it fits, so… I’m currently writing (er, should be writing…) book one, which is “Emerging of Emerald.” I’m also revising book two, “Searching for Silver.”

(S for S was originally book one, and I revealed what happened before it started via flashbacks. As a friend edited it, she said she felt like I was trying to tell two stories at once and should separate them. That confirmed something I’d been wrestling with for a while, so I decided to do it. As I started writing new book one, the storyline changed drastically, which means that a massive revision is needed for book two. It may not sound fun, but I love it!)

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
WELL. That’s a fun question. I don’t know where the original idea came from because I don’t remember it. I started this story in 2003, lost it for about five years, and re-found it late one night. The basic idea was about a girl who is somehow different and who somehow finds people like her. It had something to do with their eyes. The big thing that spurred it on was the song “Under a Killing Moon” by Thrice. Here are the lyrics…

The air my lungs first loved carves craters from my eyes.
They said, “Breathe deeply son, or be the next to die.”
Beneath the falling night and heaven’s shutting gate,
pray keep your tongue held tight, or suffer the same fate.

“The blood on our black gloves, it is none of your concern.
If you want to call our bluff, get in line and wait your turn.
And watch the witches burn.”

Don’t flinch when innocents are dancing with the flames;
if they wanted to live, they’d learn to play the game.
You can still walk away if you just hold your tongue;
if you’d just walk away, you’d live to see the sun, but…
Under this killing moon, under this burning sky, the fire’s shining groom,
I hold my breath and close my eyes.

Listening to that, I got the image of people in black burning people that they deemed bad, dangerous, the enemy. And I saw someone else standing off to the side, watching the killing and believing it to be wrong – and knowing that if they spoke up against the killers, they’d die too.

From that, the story was birthed. It has changed a lot, but that is still the foundation. Especially of a certain character’s (Rab) moral dilemma early on. =)

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
Fantasy for the most part, with elements of dystopian too. I’m not sure whether it would fall under high fantasy or low fantasy… I don’t fully grasp the differences between the two, but from what I’ve read, mine sort of straddles the line.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I haven’t the slightest idea. Seriously. Never thought about it at all.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Oh gosh. Just one sentence? Um…

In a war-torn world, two sisters must forge a path through the darkness and find their purposes.

…Sure. We’ll go with that.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am going to self-publish. =)

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I edit/revise a lot as I write, and I write in pieces, so it’s really hard to say. But it probably took about two and a half years? Something like that.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Uh…not a clue. Haha!

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Ultimately God. So many things have inspired me though – song lyrics, news stories, sermons, books I’ve read, movies, my own life experiences, a video about human trafficking…

Basically, the story is about redemption. Redemption has been the cry of my heart for as long as I can remember. Redemption not only for those who have endured horrible things, but for those who have done horrible things. In thousands of tiny ways, I am inspired all the time.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I don’t know how much it will pique people’s interest, but the way I am writing it should prove interesting (especially should I pull it off the way I want to). It will be told from alternating perspectives of my two sisters, Ari and Rab. And while what is going on in the world is the backdrop of the story, this story is not a sweeping, epic fantasy. I’m showing war, but instead of focusing on massive battles on a huge scope, it is more intimate. Ultimately, it is about two girls who change – not about war or those girls changing the world. Yes, the world will change, but only when people change. It is about relationships, brokenness, healing, and forgiveness. It’s about how individuals are affected, and how they affect other people.

I don’t know how different that is, but I’m hoping it’s at least intriguing. =)

Thanks for reading! I shall tag some people!!

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