I usually have a pre-planned idea of how the story will end, but does it end that way? Very rarely. Typically, the characters take on lives of their own and twist my endings for me. I don’t get writer’s block (knock on wood, etc.) I always have too many stories floating in my mind that I want to tell for the amount of time I’m able to write. As for where I write, anything will distract me. So I write in a secluded environment, and I even blast a white noise machine to drown out household noises.
The most important elements of good writing are the triad of character, plot, and theme. You need characters with real emotions and needs. Your characters require conflicts to overcome. One or more themes -- such as “be good to other people” or “it’s not cool to lie to somebody who loves you” or “love can overcome anything” or “love is more important than where you live or what you have” -- provides your story with emotional impact.
My heroine, a voodoo priestess as it turns out (much to her surprise!), recently graduated from college and is in transition, trying to find herself and what she wants to do with her life. She's sassy, kind, smart, and athletic. The book definitely has some humor (!) and a cast of unusual characters. I had a lot of fun writing it.
Forbidden love, yearning desire, and seduction in this breath-taking new adult vampire romance. Born from an ancient voodoo priestess clan, Alexandra Leveau falls in love with sexy vampire Vadim Blerinc. But these two are a dangerous match, and making love could literally kill them.
And then local townies begin to die. Can Alexandra and Vadim save the people around them? Can they overcome the curse that has hung over their families for centuries? Can true love conquer bad blood?
When asked what advice I'd give to a new writer just starting out, I'd say, Write. It’s truly as simple as that. Don’t give up. If you love to write, just do it.
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