Wednesday, 31 October 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

I've decided to give myself a bit of a challenge over the coming month.  I've signed up for NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.  The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  It's not going to be easy but as I tend to write quite fast it should be just about doable.

I've already have an idea for a story in the back of my head.  When I wrote Heaven Knows This Time I cast models and actors in the part of the characters and put them on a Pinterest board.  I soon discovered that I wasn't the only author who did this, and even readers cast their crushes as the leading character in their favourite novels.  I mean, just about everyone I know has an opinion on who should play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades movie ;)

That gave me an idea for a story.  Picture a 20 something single mum who writes erotic novels in her spare time.  She drools over photographs of hot young men on the internet for inspiration for her steamy romances and she has a crush on one particular tall, dark handsome creature.  He's the lead in her latest novel, she's built him up to be this strong, romantic, totally perfect man and he's gone beyond being just a character, she's completely obsessed with him.  After a girls night in with her best friend (and a couple of bottles of wine) she sends him a message on Twitter, telling him he's the hero of her novel.  The next day she's shocked when he replies!

I won't spoil the story, you'll have to wait until the end of November to read it.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

It's official - it's a trilogy!

I'm having a little celebration.  I have just finished writing book three which means it's officially a trilogy!  Woo hoo!  I guess when I finally finish writing Lora's Secret Diary it will be a trilogy of four parts but who's counting?

The third book is as yet untitled.  I still haven't decided what to call it.  It's funny, I can write one hundred thousand words no problem, but I can't for the life of me write a title!

It continues the story of Angel and Miles, six months on from the end of Another Perfect Angel.  Unknown Pleasures have made the big time and have just returned from touring the USA but all is not well in Angel's world.  I won't go into details but the story is much darker than the other two, bad things happen, the characters have to deal with some very difficult situations and personal struggles.

It's not all doom and gloom though.  There is romance, humour, drama, a wedding and more than a few surprises!  The story introduces a few new characters and it's every bit as gripping as the previous two books.  I don't have any plans to continue writing about Angel, although I wrote an epilogue to book three that gives a snapshot of the future of her family.  I really enjoyed writing that so I may revisit them in the future.

I find it difficult to believe I've written three full length novels in less than twelve months, but I have, thanks in no small part to the support of my family and friends.  Writing has become my little obsession and I hope to continue.  I already have an idea for a story, I'm not sure if it will be a novel or a short story, I'll have to start writing and see what happens.  In the meantime I've got book three to edit and proof read and hopefully publish some time in 2013.  No rest for the wicked ; )