The what and how of writing — Writing process blog hop!

The wonderful Jen McConnel tagged me in this blog hop; here’s her writing process post. As for me…

1) What am I working on? I’m plotting two projects at the moment: the third and final instalment of the What Kills Me series and a stand-alone psychological thriller set in a high school.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Readers have told me that the What Kills Me series breathes fresh life (so to speak) into the vampire genre. I didn’t try to make it unique. I wanted to write a superhero’s journey, an adventure novel about a normal girl thrown into the most extraordinary circumstances.

3) Why do I write what I do? I was obsessed with supernatural and horror novels when I was a teenager. I used to wait months for new releases of Christopher Pike books, devour them in a few hours and be upset that I had to wait for the next. I figured that when I grew up, I could torture teenagers the same way.

4) How does my writing process work? For What Kills Me, I imagined key scenes throughout the story. A girl crawling out of a well covered in blood. A fight scene in a Taipei alley. A spectacular and shocking conclusion. I see my books very cinematically; I have moments that I see very clearly in my mind.

Plotting allows me to plan for twists. It allows me to see where I can put in red herrings, moments of irony, and foreshadowing. Plus, What Kills Me is the first of a series. Since I’ve plotted parts of Part Three, I know what bread crumbs to leave in Part One to lead up.

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Music for crushing bones and beheading vamps? The What Kills Me playlist!

imagesPeople often ask me what I listen to when I write. I listen to all sorts of things, including park noises, ocean waves, action movie scores. I often write in coffee shops so the soundtrack drowns out the outside noise and gets me in the mood.

So, in honour of the What Kills Me series, I’ve put together a butt-kicking, bone-crushing, deception-facing soundtrack that might put you in the right mood to follow Zee’s adventure.

Which is your favourite track? Also, if you have any suggestions to add to the playlist, let me know!

Listen at: Grooveshark.com/playlist/What+Kills+Me+Series/96777991.

Win a crystal-filled ballpoint pen on the I Am Forever tour!

2014-IAmForeverTourBannerA big thank you to everyone who participated in the I Am Forever blog tour which wraps up in a few days. If you missed a stop, you can check out the hosts here or below. There were posts about undead fashion and undead architecture. There were great reviews and fun interviews.

This is your last chance to enter our international giveaway for goodies, including a stunning pink ballpoint pen filled with hundreds of crystals!Crystal penGood luck!

I Am Forever Tour schedule:

Killer Fashion — costume design in I Am Forever

30d58efb804e09b634f22af4270476c9A version of this post appeared on Jennifer’s amazing site, The Bawdy Book Blog. Entitled, Die-Hard Fashion: Style in Wynne Channing’s I Am Forever, I talked about how I wanted the clothing to be part of the story; I wanted it to reflect the emotions of the characters or their evolution. I’ve been pinning images via Pinterest to create a style storyboard. Here are a number of images that I pinned and how they inspired the wardrobe in Book Two. Continue reading

Will there be a third book in the What Kills Me series? Oh yeah.

Tens of thousands of readers have gone on the adventure and I’m happy to say that What Kills Me is a three-book series. I’m plotting book three right now.

In What Kills Me, Book #1, Zee falls into a well filled with blood and emerges a vampire. She finds herself hunted, accused of being the legendary destroyer of the immortal race.

Book two, I Am Forever, continues her adventure and her evolution as the most powerful creature in the world. Two vampire factions are at war and Axelia is caught in the middle, with both sides trying to use her for their own gain.

In book three, the final installment in the series, Axelia comes face-to-face with a terrifying threat to both humanity and the vampire race. Everything that she will have been through prepares her for this ultimate battle.

I know you have a lot of questions:

  • What happens to Zee’s family?
  • What was up with her nightmares? And those red eyes?
  • Is there more to the ancient legends?
  • What are the rebels really after?

To find out, you’ll have to stay tuned! Thanks for the great support and keep those wonderful reviews coming (they’re awesome motivation)!

I Am Forever grateful; welcome Book Two in the What Kills Me series

This post is very special. Not only does it announce the release of I Am Forever, the sequel to What Kills Me, but it is a love note to you — my readers.

Without you and your encouragement, this series would have been long dead…appropriate for vampires but I digress. I wrote Book One with no expectations. If you had not embraced Zee and her adventures like you had, I might not have had the motivation to continue the story.

You were so supportive with your reviews, your emails, your Tweets. There are so many people I’d like to thank. I hope you know who you are and how much you mean to me.

Enjoy, stay in touch! And stay amazing!

Check out the blurb for I Am Forever:

Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

Her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

Buy I Am Forever: Amazon US | Amazon UK | KoboB&N Smashwords | Goodreads

What Kills MeAbout What Kills Me, Book One: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

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