Now, of course, that's "Done: Level 1", meaning the novel is with my agent, and she's using her super sekrit spidey-senses to make it as strong as possible, but IT'S DONE, PEOPLE.
Now, on to the actual blog post. I have a few questions to answer, so I thought I'd do them here (anonymous as always).
Q: Where can I buy your book?
A: You're jumping the gun by more than a year. Print publishing through a commercial house takes time and many steps.
Q: Do you ever "cast" your characters when you write?
A: I assume this means do I picture actors/actresses/etc. as the characters. Yes, of course. I think most writers do this; it makes it easier to visualize the character if you have a solid image of someone in their role. (But, that doesn't mean I'll fess up to who I see in my head when I'm writing a particular character.)
Q: Why don't you write about puppies and happy children and rainbows?
A: Mom, we've been over this...
Q: Do you have a favorite character?
A: Yes and no. I have characters I love to write, but others that are less pleasant to write are also essential to the story. I love all the characters for different reason.
Q: Will you post your favorite scene from your book?"
A: No, but I'll tell you what it is... sort of. It's a traveling scene starring the book's main character and one of the main male characters. The location mirrors the heroine's feeling of helplessness and chaos pretty well, but the real reason I love the scene is because I've tried working that scene into at least four projects over the years. I was happy to find a place it actually belonged.
Q: Shouldn't you put a disclaimer at the front of your book to remind people it's not real?
Q: Can you send me your book? I won't share it with anyone. (Or, the other variation: I have a book blog and would like to review your book, please.)
A: Sorry guys, can't do it.
- The book's not "done", meaning it's still going through edits with my editor at Greenwillow.
- I can't just send copies to whoever I want; it's too big a risk. (To be honest, I haven't even let my family read the book, yet.)
- WAY too early. Even if you're a legitimate book blogger, you wouldn't get a copy to read for review until much closer to the book's release date.