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My Writing Process

I was tagged by the uber awesome super ninja Keith Melton, who is a fantasy writer and part time were-sloth. To read his post on his writng process click HERE to read his post:

1)     What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on the second book in an upcoming Halloween trilogy as well as revising a

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menage featuring a healing witch and tiger shifter brothers who claim her as their mate.


2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

All of my stories are Interracial but that’s only one aspect of the stories. I try to change up the rules of the worlds I’m in to make them stand out. For example in  a recent WIP I had to figure out a way change the rules of vampires. I’ve written vampires before but I’ve put them in a more traditional respect but for this particular story I wanted to try something different to explain their origins.

 


3)     Why do I write what I do?

I love the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and contemporary. I grew watching TV shows and movies set in those genres. I write because the characters in my head refuse to stop talking to me, demanding their stories and ambushing me when I’m most vulnerable to give me bits and pieces of their lives. Then they withhold their stories from me until I give them what they want whatever it is. So I must write to ease the voices in my head and satisfy my curiosity as well as contribute to the genres that I love.

 


4)     How does your writing process work?

My writing process can change sometimes depending on whether or not the words are flowing.  I need background noise whether Rainy Mood (Thanks Aurora Black for introducing me to the site) or music from my iTunes Writing Playlist or You Tube. Sometimes when stuck I send bits and pieces to writing friends or just bounce off ideas and scenarios. In between spurts of writing I play FB games to keep my stress level from rising. Coming off of writer’s block I’ve had problems with the flow of wordage and because they don’t come out as they used to to temper that stress I turn to distraction. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it adds to the issues it all depends on how things are going with the WIP.

 

For Mon June 23rd continuation of the tour I tagged Jodi Redford : Jodi Redford pens wicked hot tales and surfing the interwebs for sexy male eye candy, strictly for research purposes, of course.

 

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The Death of a Character

The reason for this post is because of a death on the series Being Human (UK). The death wasn’t a surprise to me, I knew it was coming and yet it still hurt because the character was so beloved, one of my favorite characters on the show. That death was necessary to advance the storyline but also as a way to prevent bad things from happening. I respect the writers of the show for going there and taking that risk.

Anyway, My first visceral experience of an author killing off a character, something that really shook me was J.K. Rowling *Spoiler Alert* Killing off Sirius. It was shocking, emotionally jarring and something that shook me to the core. I was right there with Harry when Sirius died. I still get a bit teary when I think about it.

Death in a story should progress the plot, it shouldn’t be just something for shock and awe. Another series that comes to mind that involves a lot of death is Game of Thrones. Each death progresses the story, pushes the characters and creates some new and sometimes odd dynamics. Death in a sense is a character itself, haunting each character whether it will come about due to political machinations or a battle or a situation of something they shouldn’t have seen you’re reminded that someone could die. No one is safe in that world even if we’d like to think that our personal favorites are.

I’ve read stories where the deaths of characters fits into the story perfectly. It doesn’t necessarily drive it but reminds of the setting the characters are in and just how wrong things can go if someone isn’t careful or things really hit the fan. One story that comes to mind was a Book Club pick for the Offerings group, The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson, what happened fit in perfectly and was very well written. Another case for the death of a character is to really set the story off. The series that comes to mind is JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. In the first book, within the first few pages boom there it was. Both shocking and yet it sets the tone for the war between the Brotherhood and the Lessers. And another death that I thought of that was both necessary and emotionally sad was from the Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green.

I’ve been thinking about death and characters and my own work both old and new. Don’t worry your favorite characters are safe…for now. But it’s still on my mind. I really admire authors willing to really go there. Killing off a character can really explode in your face if done wrong. So the question to authors is: How do you decide to kill off a character? What makes you decide to go that route?

And Readers here’s a few questions for you: How do you feel when a character is killed off? Does it make you not want to read the rest of the book? Not support the author? Do respect the author for making the decision they did?

To both Authors and Readers: What makes a death stand out? When it comes to villains do you feel that their death should be slow and painful or quick and creative? Are there any stories that stand out in your mind that involve the death of a character?

A bit of a warning: As Game of Thrones is really popular right now and in Season 2, which would set it in the second book, please avoid spoiling the other deaths for readers who are watching the show and don’t know. If you must discuss the death put Spoiler Alert in the comment before you discuss the death.