Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Discussion: How Do You Choose Character Names?


How do you choose character names?



Molli

Names are super important to me. The wrong one can change who a character is. The right one can mean everything. So how do I choose what to name my character? The truth is...it's different every time. With The Walker Boys series, I gave each of the brothers names of characters I'd written about in a galaxy far far away a long time ago, when I was just starting to write. For the girls, I went through lists, tried different names, and ultimately I just had to go with the ones that complimented their guys, AND fit, in some organic way, the heroine I wanted to write about for each book. 

For ONE SONG AWAY...I just really wanted to use the names Sophie-Claire and Jake. :D 

Jessica

Years ago, I went through a baby name book and wrote down a bunch of my favorites--for main characters and for side characters. I'll usually sneak a peek at it when I have a new story idea because I like to have names picked out before I start writing. With If Only We, I don't even remember how I picked Adrienne--it wasn't on my list at all! For Chevy, I put the blame on Chevy Chase. I hadn't seen the name used before, so I thought I'd go the unique route. In Not Until Tonight, I always liked the name Haley and had to use it. The name Skylar was chosen after seeing it on a name tag of a cashier at the grocery store--no joke! I was like, "Aw, that would make a cute name for a guy in a book!" The other names for side characters were just picked out of a hat... or maybe I flipped to a page in the baby book, closed my eyes, and pointed to a name. Lol.

Lilly

In Here All Along, there's Hazel and Adrian. I picked Hazel because I adore that name; Adrian I'm not sure why it appealed to me, but it just clicked. For the Resist series, I had promised my best friend (after going off on all the books with love interests named Devlin) that I would name the love interest Devlin. So I did. And Allegra--there's just something about that name that's so freeing and beautiful. I had to use it. When it came to More Than Words, it took me awhile to pick their names. I came up with several options, and then the name Dana Darling hit me like a ton of bricks and I couldn't ignore it. Landon Sinclair... that one I have no clue what sparked it. Then there's my next book, Unexpected. I chose Ryan because of Ryan on The OC; and Alina has always been such a beautiful name to me.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10 Sweet Things about SUGAR, the novel, & the author, Deirdre Riordan Hall + Giveaway


The Authorteers are pleased to welcome the lovely Deirdre Riordan Hall to the blog today. She's here to share 10 sweet things about herself and her new novel, Sugar (out next week!). Thanks for being here, Deirdre!

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Thank you, Authorteers, for having me by. Your request was one of those feet up, twists on my swivel chair, woo-hoo moments! The following is a mixed bag of Sugar-related bits and bobs... 

1.Here's myPinterestboard with loads of inspiration. A few spotted while writing the novel, others during editing, and some more recently. Compared to my other novels, I used Pinterest as an inspiration resource less, but it's still super helpful for me to have a few visuals during the entire process. I'm a word person, but pretty visual, too. 

2. Here's abonus scenefrom SUGAR first featured on the YA Scavenger Hunt back in April. Would you get chocolate or rainbow sprinkles? 

3. A combination of real towns in New England inspired the sour streets in the town Sugar lived in New Hampshire, but it isn't based on one single place. I did this in part because I wanted it to be a backdrop, with the characters in the spotlight. 

4. Although I've worked in restaurants and have no aspiration to own or operate one, I often think up names if I were to find myself in the culinary way. TheScoop & Sprinkleis my would-be ice cream stand. There's alsoPizza Pie, featured in another manuscript (and yes, Pi day = free pizza) and because I love pizza, like a lot, there's alsoPeace, Love, and Pizza…and another, simplyPie, where you guessed it, only pizza and pie are on offer. 

5. Like Sugar, I've eaten unforgivable amounts of cookie dough, especially the raw-egg kind, in the plastic sausage-like wrapping with the little metal belly button at the end. Salmonella anyone? Since then, I've found loads of egg-freecookie doughrecipes.  

6. I cried at various points in the novel each time I went through with revisions and edits. There might still be splatters on my keyboard…along with cat hair and possibly a few crumbs. 

7. Sugar & Even have what I call an autumn friendship. 

8. I've only been on a motorcycle once. 

9. A few of Sugar's alternatives for the F-Bomb that didn't make it into the book = fark, friggle, and frunking. Do you have any? 

10. SUGAR in one line: The most difficult journey can be the discovery of the uncharted terrain of one's innermost self.



Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre: Contemporary Fiction // Age Group: Young Adult

I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl she sees in the mirror or sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
 Get your copy of SugarKindle // Paperback // Audio

Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days writing at the custom-made desk her husband crafted, with her family, or seaside, pretending she's a mermaid.



Deirdre is very generously giving away an ARC of Sugar, plus the swag pack pictured below (how cool are those M&Ms?). This giveaway is open internationally - thank you so much for your generosity, Deirdre!


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Monday, May 25, 2015

An interview with author Amy Patrick


Please welcome Amy Patrick to The Authorteers! She's here to tell us about her books and what else she has in store soon.


The Interview:


1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

Think those beautiful celebs are a little too good to be true? You're right, and they're using glamour to fool us all. HIDDEN HEART

(and here’s one for the first book in the series, HIDDEN DEEP) Ryann has just run into the guy who saved her life 10 years ago. Small problem—he’s not supposed to exist. A new YA paranormal saga begins.

2. How much of the inspiration for the 20Something series came from real life?

A great deal of the career-related stuff came from the thirteen years I spent anchoring and reporting news around the country— the messy relationship stuff? I’m not saying. ;)

3. In your bio it says that you love to read smart romance books. What are your favorites?

I’m in love with Lisa Kleypas’s writing. Kristan Higgins is another favorite. I’ll read anything they write. And I’ve just discovered Penny Reid, who is hilarious. I’m lucky to get to read many of the books written by my fellow Golden Heart finalists from the past two years, and let me tell you, these are some smart, talented women. Keep your eye out for their books as they become published!

4. What is your absolute favorite part of being an author?

I hear some writers say they like having written but not necessarily the writing itself. I actually love the act of writing, especially first drafts when I’m creating a new world and new characters and plots. Probably the *very* best part, though, is hearing from readers who love something I’ve written. It’s incredibly rewarding, and if they also take the time to write a review I’m always grateful and humbled.

5. How long does it take you to write a book?

I’ve gotten faster as I’ve become more comfortable with the process and learned how to streamline the steps. I can write a fast first draft (I like to call it the UFD- Ugly First Draft) in about a month, writing six days a week for a few hours per day. Then I need a few more weeks for revision passes before sending it off to my critique partners and then my editor.

6. What is your favorite tip that you give to fellow writers/authors?

It’s related to the UFD- first drafts are allowed to suck, and almost inevitably will do so. So don’t worry about making each word perfect—just keep going, getting the bones and muscle of the story down before you worry about its complexion. That’s what revisions are for. The sense of accomplishment from completing the first draft will motivate you to follow through with the next steps. It’s a great cure (or prevention) for writer’s block.

7. What are you working on right now?

I’ve got two projects going. I’m writing the third book in The Hidden Trilogy—Hidden Hope, and I’m also working on the fifth book in the 20 Something series, Still Waiting. Here’s a little blurb for you—I’m still tweaking it, but it’ll give you an idea of the story:

Since his college sweetheart turned down his proposal, Hale Gentry has been in no hurry to fall in love again. Besides, running his family’s large Southern farming operation means he’s tied to the land, and anyone who can’t deal with that had best hit the road. In his world, your land and family loyalty mean everything.

Now that she’s out of college, working and living in her hometown again, rookie meteorologist Jillian Peterson hopes she’ll finally have a chance with her lifelong crush. Maybe Hale will stop looking at her as a little girl and finally SEE her. But her big brother’s way-too-hot best friend seems more dismissive now than ever—finding something to criticize about everything she does, especially her chosen career.

Jillie awakens old feelings in Hale and makes him feel things he’s NEVER felt before, not even for his almost-fiancĂ©e Heidi. But he’s not dumb—he knows what’s in the forecast—Jillie’s TV career will take her away just like Heidi’s did. He’s not signing up for a second helping of that kind of pain. Besides—if a second broken heart wouldn’t kill him, his best friend Beck definitely would. But when she calls for help in the middle of the night, Hale can no longer ignore the fact that the girl-next-door is back in town… and more tempting than ever.


Thank you for sharing, Amy!


About the Author:
 
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

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Amy's latest series is the Hidden Trilogy

The first book, Hidden Deep, is already out:
Give in to the Glamour…

Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.

After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.


Click here to see the book trailer for Hidden Deep--voiceover by Amy herself!


Her latest release is Hidden Heart:
17-year-old Ryann Carroll thought she knew who she was… a small-town Southern girl just trying to survive her parents’ messy divorce and find some peace for herself. She thought she knew what she wanted… a summer job, a car, a first date that didn’t suck, and NO complications from a serious relationship—any guy in her life would simply be icing on the cake.
But now… she’s not only in love, but her boyfriend Lad is a member of a secret race that’s lived secretly among humans for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore. Things could hardly get more complicated than that.
More importantly, she’s learned the world’s top celebrities… those actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians who seem a little too beautiful and talented to be true… actually are. They’re not human, and they’re using their glamour and the increasing popularity of fan pods to control more and more humans. But why?
With her best friend Emmy leaving soon to join the fan pod of a famous actor, Ryann has to find out the answer. And she can’t do it alone. But after a shocking murder, Lad can no longer fight his destiny or his duty, and Ryann’s not sure whether his top priority is their relationship or his people.
In this second book of the Hidden Trilogy, true friendship will take Ryann from rural Mississippi to the glittering city of Los Angeles. And true love will take her to places she never expected to go…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Song of the Moment -- Lilly's Pick: "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls


Song of the Moment is a new feature on The Authorteers where we each take turns sharing one of the songs inspiring us lately.

Lilly Avalon's latest inspiration...

"Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls



I've adored this song for the longest time, ever since it first released. It has this completely beautiful feel to it--so honest and full of love. When I hear it, the song takes over my life, so much so that I literally get chills.

This is one of the first songs I wrote down as inspiration for my upcoming novel, Unexpected. I heard it on the radio while I was in the middle of writing the first draft. Usually I'm not big on making playlists for books. I listen to a variety of music, whatever fits my "writing" mood more than the book itself. In Unexpected, Ryan plays guitar in a band, so I knew that finding music to fit the story was imperative. I had no idea what kind of music his band played, though. When this song came on, I stopped what I was doing immediately. My burning question finally had an answer. Several other songs came to mind, and pretty soon I had a playlist! I started listening to it while I was writing and it really added to the feel of the story.

The lyrics play a major role in this as well, especially these lines:

And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now

It really captures the romance in Unexpected and has definitely been helping me as I revise.


What's your song of the moment? Anything in particular on repeat recently? Something inspiring your latest work-in-progress?

Friday, May 15, 2015

An interview with author Eliza Boyd


Please welcome Eliza Boyd to The Authorteers! She's here to tell us about her books and what else she has in store.


The Interview:


1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

Chelsea is in a bad marriage and she needs to find herself in order to make a positive change in her life. And hot Brett helps. :)


2. Which authors have most influenced your writing?

I'm not sure if I'd call it "influenced," but I've really enjoyed reading KA Tucker's work. She has the ability to tell complex, gripping stories, and I love it! And Molli Moran's novels gave me hope for my kind of story to come out. :)


3. What is/are your favorite quote(s) from your book?

4. How long does it take you to write a book?

I don't really have a pattern at this point. I wrote most of One Chance Night in October 2014 and most of Two Pink Lines (book 2) in November 2014, but I didn't finish TPL until February. It really depends on how much time I have for writing, how inspired I am, etc. I'm also very picky about the words I use, so I don't have big writing days. But I love to write, so I make time for it as much as I can!


5. Where does your inspiration come from?

In a word: everything. Music is a big inspiration. I can hear a song and see a whole story play out in my head. Sometimes, I'll hear a word and write a quick note or even a poem about it. I go for walks every day, and while I'm outside, I brainstorm and let my characters tell me their stories. I always hope that I remember everything by the time I get back. Haha! But I do a lot of "what if" thinking too. I'll see something and wonder what would happen if... :)


6. What is your absolute favorite part of being a writer?

Oh my. One thing? I love creating. Whether it's the story or a character, I love having the words come out of my fingers as I type. I don't ever feel like they come from me, exactly. It's like an otherworldly experience, but it's all from my effort, so I dig it!


7. What are you working on right now?

Right now, I'm working on a couple of things. Book three in the Make A Change series (called Three Years Gone). It should be the final one, but I never say never. :) I'm also working on something like a romantic suspense with a story that's screaming at me. And I also started writing another romance book with some heat. I'm just having fun! <3


Thank you for sharing, Eliza!


About the Author

Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women's fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she's not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching.

Feel free to contact her on any of her social media sites. She spends too much time on the Internet, so she'll probably get back to you right away.


Eliza's latest release is One Chance Night:
On the surface, Chelsea Greer has it all:
A loving husband.
A nice house.
A good job.

In reality, she works hard to maintain the illusion that is her life. She's also missing the most important thing:

Love.

One night could change her life. One night could give her the strength to rediscover what's important. In one night, she could find love when she most needs it and least expects it.

All Chelsea has to do is follow her heart after One Chance Night.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: First Paragraphs from Molli, Marie, Lilly, and Jessica


Welcome to the first edition of Teaser Tuesday on The Authorteers! We thought we would put together a little post to showcase a first paragraph (and in a couple cases first sentence plus first paragraph, lol) in each of our books to give you a little taste.

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One Song Away -- Molli Moran


I'm waiting in line at the dry cleaner's when the bell above the door announces a new entry, and I swear I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand. I ignore the shudder crawling over me and focus on my phone. One of the songwriters I follow online just shared the news that a song he wrote is going platinum. I'm thrilled he's finding success, but it's one more reminder of how far I am from the goals I set when I moved here.
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Waiting for the Storm -- Marie Landry


It didn’t seem right that the sun would shine on a day like today. The sky should be black, full of angry clouds heavy with the threat of rain. Wind should whip and howl through the trees, accompanied by thunder so loud it could drown out my thoughts.
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Resist -- Lilly Avalon


This is a mistake.

Not pairing the silver stilettos with my brand new blue dress--no, that was genius. The mistake is coming here tonight when I should have stayed in my hotel room. It's not like I couldn't come up with a believable excuse. I'm relatively good under pressure. Not to mention that lounging in nothing but a robe and watching from my window as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline sounded exceptionally better.
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Not Until Tonight -- Jessica Sankiewicz


Five more minutes.

If they ever did a study on the longest five minutes you can experience in your life, I'm willing to wager it's the last five minutes of your workday on a Friday. Well, maybe not, but you know what I mean.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Words to Live By ~ Book Quotes

Words to Live By is a monthly feature here on The Authorteers where we share some of our favorite quotes. We hope they inspire you, touch you,  make you laugh, and make you think.

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?” ~ John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“I wouldn't change it you know," he said, his breath raising goose bumps on the skin of my neck. "The girls, the other boys, everything we experienced before this moment. Because that was all wrong. And I think we needed to feel what was wrong to know what's right.” ~ Megan Erickson, Trust the Focus

“You can't control the past, but you can control where you go next.” ~ Kirsten Hubbard, Wanderlove

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ~ Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

"Your power, your great gift, is that you never give up. When something fails you make a new plan, and another, and another. You never accept defeat. You never give up." ~ AC Gaughen, Lady Thief

“It’s unbelievable how you can affect someone else so deeply and never know.” ― Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer


"You'll turn out ordinary if you're not careful." ~ Ann Brashares, The Last Summer (of You and Me) 


"Bad choices or good, if you never take chances, someone else will build your life for you." ~ Ellen Hopkins, Perfect 

"I did something brave, then. Or stupid. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference." ~ Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Which of these is your favorite? Do you have a favorite quote from a book? Any suggestions for a future Words to Live By theme?

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Friday, May 8, 2015

An interview with author Tom Schaefer


Please welcome Tom Schaefer to The Authorteers! He's here to tell us about his books and what else he has in store.


The Interview:


1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.

Can't describe this book in 140 characters - that just isn't realistic. Twitter is cute and trendy, but not realistic.
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Tu & The Collectors is a science-fiction novel that explores several concepts.

First, it explores Alien Intervention of a benevolent nature - The book deals with an extraterrestrial intervention that is being done to save mankind from itself.

In the process, the story reveals that these advanced ETs are planning to move mankind to another planet, for our own good - almost 5 times the size of Earth, and is named "Tu".

Tu was originally terraformed and setup as a habitable planet by this advanced race, originally for themselves, but in the story, something happens that causes them to revisit their previous contact with Earth, and in the process they determine that mankind is in need of being saved from self-destruction, and soon, and Tu is the perfect place to take us.

The new planet is run by these ETs as a benevolent geniocracy - tossing out all current forms of human government in favor of a more advanced system.

The book explores how the advanced technology of replication will free mankind from monetary slavery.

The book explores the disruptive nature of ET disclosure, and how it might affect humanity.

The book explores the concepts of living on a planet where you don't have to pay to live there.

The book explores how this advanced race provides life extension technology so that you wind up living much longer.

The book explores how the ETs are allied with a secretive corps of "Collectors" who gather all manner of things and take them to Tu in preparation for the mass exodus of humanity from Earth to Tu.

2. What is your absolute favorite part of being an author?

​I love to write and create worlds.

3. Which authors have most influenced your writing?

Ian Fleming is a huge influence.

I also like ​Ernest Hemingway, Gene Rodenberry

4. What is the latest book you read and absolutely loved?

Most of what I read is of a technical nature, more non-fiction than fiction - been writing more than reading.​

5. Has your writing evolved since the first book you published?

Yes​

6. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

No. I do know that it takes a lot of effort to sell, but I do not write necessarily to sell. I do know you need to push on several fronts. You need a website about your books, and you need to push on social media.

I hope to market Tu & The Collectors as a screenplay.

7. What are you working on right now?

"Tu - Mayorga"​ is the next sequel to "Tu & The Collectors"

"Strongest Swimmer, Note To Self" - a motivational book


Thank you for sharing, Tom!


About the Author
Tom Schaefer has been a science fiction fan since he was a boy. As a lover of science fiction all his life, Tom often thought about writing a sci-fi novel, movie or television series but could never come up with a good story, and then one day Tu & The Collectors began brewing in his mind.
Tom’s own career  has given him a wealth of information and life experience to draw upon as an author.

Tom served in the US Navy Submarine service,  worked for years in a career in the high tech programming computers and websites, and has a love of photography and art.

That being said, one of Tom’s biggest talents is his imagination.

I’ve longed for a return to intelligent science fiction. The idea of monsters from space stepping on buildings never appealed to me. But I was always inspired by stories that took me to distant worlds. That’s what I wanted to do with Tu & The Collectors. I hope you enjoy this story, it’s actually been a great deal of fun to see it unfold.”


Monday, May 4, 2015

Discussion: Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone


What is something you would like to write that you haven't written already (genre, category, certain form of diversity, etc)?

 

Molli
I'd absolutely LOVE to write an alternate universe book. I loved loved loved Kasie West's PIVOT POINT duet, and the whole parallel universe theory fascinates me, so I'd love to combine that and a really swoon-worthy romance, and see what I can come up with. One of these days, I just might try it! 

As far as diversity, heck yeah! My upcoming book features a single dad and his girl is a POC and ten kinds of awesome. The next Walker Boys companion features a disabled character who doesn't let that get in the way of living a fantastic life. Writing diverse books is a huge and important passion for me. 

Marie
Even though contemporary romance is my favourite thing to read and write (in YA, NA, and Adult), I would love to try my hand at urban fantasy. I’ve had two ideas over the last few years and I keep putting them off, even though they’re always lingering in the back of my mind, generating new scenes and characters. It would be a definite step outside my writing comfort zone, but that's a good thing! 

Something else I’m hoping to tackle in the next year or two is a story with either a main character or a love interest who’s deaf. My older brother is deaf and since my city has one of the few deaf schools in the country, we have a huge deaf community here and I grew up surrounded by deaf people. I’ve never read a YA or NA book with a deaf character, and I figure that’s one way I can honour my brother, who’s one of my favourite people in the world, plus one form of diversity I can write about with complete confidence and lots of help if needed.

Jessica
I'd love to write a YA sci-fi or dystopian. I have an idea I've bounced around for years, but there are so many kinks to work out as far as world building goes that I haven't invested much time into it. Also, I've already promised Molli that I'm going to write a YA Firefly, so... maybe I should start brainstorming for that. My next YA will be featuring a main character who has asthma (partly because I have asthma), and I'd like to touch more on those kinds of things--stuff that regular people face that you may not know about and how they handle it. One big thing I'd like to tackle is characters struggling with mental illness. There are so many people who struggle with it and I want help people understand it better.

(Molli's note: HECK YEAH FIREFLY INSPIRED BOOK)


Lilly
I know this isn't really far from what I've already written, but I want to write contemporary romance. It's kind of in between what I've already written--not as sexy as erotica, characters not as young as new adult. A nice, sweet romance that surrounds women in their late 20s/early 30s. I would love, love, love to write a historical romance someday. Tackling that would take lots (and I mean LOTS) of research, but I think that someday I'll be up to the challenge. I'm currently toying with the idea of an MMF romance, which is definitely different than my usual fare, and I'd also like to write a straight up MM romance as well.


Do you like our ideas for future stories? If you're a writer, what's something you haven't tried writing yet but would like to someday?

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