3am Musings: Titles.

Its a lovely 3am, a slight chill outside and a beautiful clear morning sky.

I’ve been wresting lately with my books title. Some authors revise many times over the course of writing. Some start with a title and go from there, branching off of that main theme or idea, and some find the perfect title within the words of the writing itself; a quote or lovely snip.

I am not happy with my current title or its length. I want to shorten it, without taking away too much. I have several ideas that I will pitch to my editors, family and friends, and see if there are other perspectives that I’m just not seeing within the writing itself.

Book two has its title. The story is moving, though I was displeased with a portion and scrapped it. Little scrapping aside, its developing nicely.

Well, I suppose with the coming sun in a few hours, I should run and hide from it, we vampire/zombie/sketchy-magee types avoid direct sunlight when possible…

The Road of Death and Darkness….A snippet.

Many eligible bachelors, both young and old, vied for her hand. Some her father dismissed, some he encourage Addison to get to know better.
Addison was reluctant. She didn’t like any of them, really. The older wanted her for her nubile young body, and well, so did the younger suitors. But all in all it came down to her father’s wealth. Greed was everywhere.
Addison was often warned not to go into New Orleans shipping and slave districts alone, but that was where the merchandise she sought was kept; the secret little shops that were hidden within shops. Miss Neeta had accompanied her with a big strong slave male as protection in the past.
But in 1705, just after her 20th birthday, Addison had slipped from the plantation into the city. There were some herbs and roots coming in from Haiti and Africa on the slave trade ships that she wished to purchase.
She wore a fine dress, but not overly showy, as to not make herself a target of a pickpocket or swindler. The journey had taken longer than she had anticipated, as the street lamps were being lit by an elderly man, lighting the oil wicks of the overhead street lanterns with a stick.
She came to the shop she was seeking, only to find them closed. Her crimson lips gave a pout, and she gave a little stomp of her foot. She wasn’t spoiled, but when she wanted something, she was usually determined to get it. This was most disappointing to her. And to risk slipping away a second night in a row would bring suspicion from her parents and nanny alike.
With a sigh, she headed back toward the street she had left her horse and carriage tied up at. She passed taverns and pubs, not paying much mind to those lingering about.
Not until someone roughly grabbed her by the arm, pulling her into an alley between two brick buildings. He clamped his hand over her mouth roughly. Addison’s eyes watered, not just from fear, but from the smell of the man. He smelled foul. He was tall, lean and black with mouth split open into a grin, yellowed teeth shown in the dim light. His voice sent a shiver of pure fear down Addison’s spine.

All things Great and Exciting…

The book is nearly ready to be published! Just waiting for my editor, then picking over the manuscript, formatting for uploading, printing and VROOM!

Cover art in place, all pretty and shiny. All legalness taken care of.

So, in the meantime, I’m getting a jump on Book Two in the set. Already 25k in word count in.

Then, for all you erotica lovers, I’ll be setting out a small series of those for your viewing pleasure.

Happy times. And fall is coming to the hot, humid South! Its glorious!

A lil look inside, interview style…

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Stand, by Stephen King. Why? It’s just brilliant!
2. It, by Stephen King. Why? Another piece of brilliance, and loads of scare.
3. The Vampire Chronicles, by Ann Rice. Why? Vampires, I love them. The different styles and takes on them, their immortal struggles and captivating characters and their personalities.
4. The Feed Trilogy, by Mira Grant. Why? Zombies, politics, thrills, mystery…it has it all. Did I mention zombies?
5. Area 187 Almost Hell, by Eric R. Lowther. Why? ZOMBIES!

What do you read for pleasure?
I love a variety of subject matter. Vampires, zombie, apocalyptic, supernatural/paranormal; but I also love great non-fiction as well. Generation Kill, Mop Men, Aftermath Inc., just to name a few.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle.

To be quite honest, when I find a book I truly love, of course I read it on my Kindle, but then I buy the actual book.
There’s just something about having the actual book, the feel and smell of it. I need a bigger office and more shelves.

Describe your desk
Wow…let’s see. One big 33″ monitor directly in front of me, one big 25″ monitor just to the right of that. A cat continually on my right, on my ‘mouse arm’, or trying to lay on the keyboard. Noveling notebook, Post-its, pens, tape, books in the cubbies over-head. Coffee to the right, behind the cat giving me the stink eye.
Should I describe my other desk on the other side of the room?

When did you first start writing?
I never thought of actually writing until late in life. I’ve always been an avid reader and artist. I love sketching and whatnot. It wasn’t until I started playing an online role play game that I discovered ‘hey, I’m pretty good at this writing stuff!’. That was 13 years ago. Mostly vampire, but a little demon, and a couple erotica stories…okay, maybe more than a couple, and they aren’t about vampires! Gasp!

What’s the story behind your latest book?
A female vampires journey through the centuries, embracing her inner darkness and her unusual fixation on the wars of man.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
In short, family and friends. They are my support and confidence. They keep saying ‘publish that!’.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have too much time and creativity in my little head, words just flow. I love taking an idea and expanding on it, evolving it, adding new things, new places.

What are you working on next?
Book Two, to conclude the events in Book One. Then a whole new story, or ten.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King
Ann Rice
Mira Grant
Stephen Knight
wow…loads more…

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who said I ever go to bed to begin with? >.>

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Online gaming, Movie and series marathons, sketching, being bullied by my cat.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and friends suggestions really.

How do you approach cover design?
I look for something appealing. The cover should convey a glimpse into the story. A visual teaser.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember the first story I ever wrote. It was a fan-fiction back in my younger days, when the internet was just expanding with sites like Fanfiction.com and such. I posted a few fics, and from there learned that I could create my own characters, scenes, and everything else rolling around in my purple haired head.

What is your writing process?
I don’t really have a defined process. My mind never stops…so…I jot everything down, from there I expand. I have all the time in the world, and no, I don’t sleep. I start with the main character, who and what they are, the setting, time period and general direction I would like to see it go. Then I expand. More characters, research if needed, sub-plots or twists. Then I expand more. I rarely get ‘writers-block’, but when I do, I open one of my other unfinished stories to see if the change of scenery gets things moving again. And…~gasps~…sometimes I don’t sit at my desk! I go to my local coffee shop, I walk, I cook. Oh, and I keep a writing journal and goal book. I track my progress. Lists. I love lists.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Flowers for Algernon. This book moved me so much as such a young age. I read it now and again, because its so wonderfully written and so poignant. You love it, you hate it. It brings you to tears. The impact? It opened my eyes to differing styles of writing. Narratives and whatnot. From there, I fell in love with books.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Coming from a military family, we moved quite a bit, but the South (USA) is home. Many of my stories play into the South, or the characters are Southern. The charm, manners and dramatics of Southerners is endearing. I also have a love for Germany, so that will pop up in some of my other stories later on down the line.