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Interview by the great Miss Jaclyn April 30, 2012

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So, a friend of mine who is aspiring to become a journalist came to me with a proposition this evening. I was, as per usual, having troubles getting myself to stop procrastinating and get to writing, and she offered me a reason to procrastinate further. “Why don’t I interview you? We could make it a monthly thing.”

So I thought I would share with you what went on:

Jaclyn [JK]: When did you first realize you wanted to write professionally?

Jade [JB]: Probably when I was around 16. I’ve been writing since I learned cursive, but I never realized how much I wanted to make people fall in love with my stories until I really hit adolescence.

JK: Do you usually plan out your stories, or do you “pants” them?

JB: They all start as a “pants” deal, but once I write a little, I can’t help but plan. Not that I actually follow the plan one hundred percent, ever… But I find it really comforting to have an idea of the direction I’m going in.

JK: So, is it usually just a brief “I think this is where it’s going” plan?

JB: Uh, usually, yes, but for this particular project I’ve been working on an annoyingly extensive outline. Like, it’s already ten pages and it’s only six chapters in. It in no way began like this. It started as “dragons are pretty awesome” and then I pantsed the first five chapters. Now I find myself rewriting the first chapters already and I’ve created this huge monster of an idea.

JK: What is Dragon Runners about exactly?

JB: The basic concept is that only people with royal blood are able to tame dragons, and they’re also called “Dragon Runners” (a little joke in my head about how they can run beside them without getting stepped on). Anyway, so it’s been that way forever. Royals come of age – 18 – and a baby dragon is born. The first thing the hatchling sees is their “master” or “partner”, however you’d like to define it, and then the dragon is named. It creates a bond. However, everything kind of goes haywire when a mere serving girl stumbles upon a dragon egg of her very own.

JK: Ooh, sounds interesting. How long have you been working on it?

JB: Well, I got the idea in the beginning of April, four weeks back. But I’ve only been working on it for about two weeks.

JK: Do you have any big plot twists planned for this wonderful novel of yours?

JB: Oddly, I don’t. I  usually have several huge plot twists looming on the horizon but I haven’t been able to figure out how to properly make the reader’s head spin in this story…. yet.

JK: So you like to use multiple plot twists? What’s the usual amount for one story?

JB: Haha, usually only 2-3, but I remember when I was little I had a story where it was just constant plot twists, like a soap opera.

JK: Yeah, soap opera stories aren’t as fun to read as they are to watch. What is the genre you typically write?

JB: Fantasy, all the way. I’m a huge fantasy nerd.

JK: What’s your least favorite to write?

JB: Non-fiction. I find nothing more boring than real life. I’ve always been a daydreamer; there’s a reason for that.

JK: Ick, I agree. So, how often do you usually write within a week?

JB: I try and write a little bit every day. It doesn’t always happen that way, but it’s important to flex the writing muscle.

JK: Is there a certain person that influenced you to begin writing and flexing that lovely writing muscle?

JB: Not that I can remember. I’ve always just loved it. I was, however, influcenced to try and publish and share my writing because of wonderful authors that I loved as a teenager, like Holly Black, JK Rowling, and Shannon Hale. Oh, and Heather Dixon!

JK: That’s great that you have always enjoyed it. Too many people are interested in just the money. On that note, you have one hour to write about anything you chose. What is your topic of choice?

JB: Oh crap, that’s a toughie. I have a lot of loves right now, and currently dragons ranks pretty high…. but I’m going to go ahead and say either fae or modern magic.

JK: Oh, those are the best kinds of things to read about. One last question, If you could meet one of your character in real life, who would it be? What is their personality like?

JB: Huh, another tough one. I’m going to say Ein, from my Mechanical Maladies series. He’s a bit rough around the edges, and he ABHORS pocket watches, but he’s a stand-up guy.

JK: He sounds quite interesting. I’m glad to have had the chance to ask you about all these wonderful things. I hope everything goes great with Dragon Runners.

JB: Well, thank you. I look forward to seeing how it develops myself.

It was certainly an interesting experience! If you want to support her and her writings as well, please visit her site http://stealmedead.blogspot.com

 

Screw the obstacles, I’m climbing the mountain! April 30, 2012

Posted by KKAJI in All about me, The Basics.
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“The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.” Alfred Montapert

I first saw this quote upon the front page of my favorite writing tool: the chat where I get to talk with my author friends from NaNoWriMo.

And for some reason, today it just hit me out of nowhere. I’m the former!

What the hell?

And I guess that’s why I’m starting up this new blog, to gain followers so that I can complete one of my biggest objectives of all. More than anything in this world, I want to write and publish a book that will be loved by hundreds, thousands, millions.

I’ll admit it, I’ve never been very good at self-promotion. It’s probably from a – blah, blah, blah, psychological analysis, blah – but I need to stop seeing that as an obstacle and see it as a new objective.

So my first order of business with this blog is to introduce you to the topic of choice and to share with you my new list of objectives/sub-objectives.

To start, the topic:

My new book has just begun, and it is entitled Dragon Runners. I had just been writing this for fun and to get the idea onto paper, so to speak, but then my good friend Kit posted something amazing on Facebook. She was participating in a live-pitch event on a publisher’s blog. She was going to get her work out there. And, despite my shy attitude, and my craziness, I actually threw my hat into the ring, too. And you know what?

I got a reply that asked me to send a synopsis and sample chapter(s). So I spent all of last night trying to rewrite my first chapter (to no avail), and then woke up five hours later, realizing that I needed to start networking. The dreaded “n” word! Well, my dreaded n-word.

So, I’m about to send in my chapter and synopsis and I decided to take a break to share with you, whomever may read this, and ask that you keep an eye on me. Because, guess what, I’m going to be big. Even if it takes a hundred more years, I’m going to keep at it until I make it because I know this is what I’m meant to do.

So, onto objectives.

  1. Biggest one: publish my first book, get everyone to like it
  2. Participate in more pitch-events, send my queries to agents, and get myself out there
  3. Speaking of that, start networking like crazy. Get everyone to read my blog and my samples, and get everyone to fall in love with my characters the way that I have.
  4. Continue to write, write, and write.
  5. Keep strong bonds with my NaNo friends (because they kick my ass into gear when I need it)
  6. Develop even further
  7. Take my spot on top!

I’m going to say it now: that list is probably going to grow. I honestly just want to finish up so I can throw some finishing touches on my sample chapter so I can send it in.

Wish me luck on my first step towards my first real objective!