I would like to start by saying “Thank You” for having me as a guest on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity.
My basic story is not that of rags to riches, that would just be too easy. I have written my entire life. I have always enjoyed jotting things down and I recall spending an entire day, at a family gathering many years ago, using a paper plate as my easel to paint a picture with words. I created a story where everyone present had a part, some good and some bad. I have just always written things down, usually in some form of fantasy.
When I first began to think of Legends of Darkness, the first book in the series, I didn’t see it as a series. I saw it as a single book with an unusual story. I wanted to create something different from everything else I was reading. I wanted to incorporate different things into the storyline. I remember thinking how awesome it would be to have a book that incorporated a little history, legend, and myth all wrapped up in a storyline that would be unique and unusual. That was my goal, to create something different. I had the book brewing in my mind for a year or so before I ever wrote the first word. I couldn’t find my beginning. Finally, the beginning of the book presented itself to me and I began to write. I’m one of those weird old fashioned people that have a computer, but actually enjoy the act of writing on paper with an actual pencil. (Yes, I really said pencil. That’s what I use for my original manuscripts.) I was about halfway through the storyline when I pulled out another notebook and started keeping notes in it also. There was just so much more to the story that wouldn’t fit in the story of one book. My characters began to take shape along with other creatures that I knew I could use later. So, at that point I had two notebooks with scribbles that nobody, and I do mean nobody, could ever understand. In my mind it was taking shape as a series though. I would wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and pull out my notebook to jot a reminder. By the time I was done with Legends of Darkness, I had the whole series drafted to be a five book series. I have since shortened that to a trilogy.
I have been asked if the series stays on course with my outline, as I write each book…the answer to that is “Not completely.” As I write, things change. Sometimes they are small details, and sometimes entire characters die, for one reason or another, but the actual plots of the other books have remained the same. So far the biggest changes have been in the worlds that I’m creating. As they grow and my world building talents evolve, so does the future of the books in those particular locations. By the way, I love the world building aspect.
I write my first draft on paper then for the second draft I transfer it to the computer. On my first novel I did so many drafts that I lost count, probably somewhere around ten. On the second book, I did six rewrites. I have heard authors say that they don’t like doing the edits and rewrites, but I really don’t mind it. I like adding and taking away from the story where it is necessary.
I’m currently working on the third book in the Remnants of Life Trilogy as well as several other projects.
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