The art of crafting a novel is a process all in itself for me. Normally, I don’t outline my story nor do I plan what direction the manuscript is going to take ahead of time. I find that outlining makes it that much more difficult for me to focus on the project in hand. I’m the kind of author that goes with the flow. As soon as an idea pops into my head, I take it from there. Pretty soon the first chapter is complete and I let it guide me the rest of the way. It’s worked well for me from the beginning and I tend not to deviate from this system.
When coming up with a new book, I like to think of the title first. It has to have meaning and make sense, which might take a day or so for me to brainstorm. I follow with a detailed description of the main characters as well as their names. This is very important to me. Without this information I can’t move on. Once I have these secured and I’m satisfied with what I’ve picked, I allow myself to start bringing my story to life.
With Deliverance, however, I differed from the norm. Because the idea for Deliverance came in the form of a dream, I wrote down an outline of sorts as well as basic information for future reference instead of picking out a title or names for the characters to begin with.
Why did I stray away from my comfort zone, you ask?
Well, I was pregnant at the time and ill, so my writing took a serious hit. I couldn’t concentrate and didn’t feel as if I could create something good while absolutely miserable so I left it at that. I didn’t go through the notes until the following year. I started working on Deliverance a few months after my daughter was born, and would go back every now and again to get another chapter going.
I continued developing the plot on paper more and more as I found myself too occupied to sit and type so I carried a notepad and pen with me at all times. I’d write down my ideas and go from there. The title for the book as well as some character’s names and traits came in last. I couldn’t decide on a befitting title so I put it on the backburner until the end—as with many other things. Surprisingly, I didn’t do too bad and all seemed to work out for the best.
After months of scheming, plotting, and writing during my spare time I finished the first draft. Did it stay that way for long? Not at all. I changed scenes here and there while going through the manuscript, and made some more adjustments as I was editing as well.
I filled the gaps later, and didn’t panic over doing things pretty much in reverse. I learned how to do things differently from how I usually did, and appreciated the fact that I could get back in the saddle once and for all.
The end result was a novel I’m proud of and enjoyed writing.
Eager for more of Tiger and Kristina? Well, you don’t have to wait much longer. The sequel is due for a November 24th release.
In an age where humans dominate the world…
And supernatural creatures exist in the cover of darkness…
He must find a place among his rivals or risk losing it all.
Hayden has had his hands tied coping with life outside of the Institutes. He’s come far despite all the bumps along the way. He’s allowed himself to believe he could live a normal life…until a new threat makes its presence known.
In an instant, his entire life is flipped upside down once more. Those he cares for are not safe with or without him. There’s no escaping his past. Or permanent solution to his problems. One way or another he’ll become the target for all those looking to destroy the hybrid who endangers their way of life and challenges everything they’ve ever known.
Now he must decide between kill or be killed, and risk becoming the very monster he’s fought so hard to prove he’s not. Freedom has come with a price, but is he willing to pay the cost?