I always like to do a post on my soon-to-be released books. How I’m feeling about the book and the process. Each book is different, but none of mine have ever been easy. I usually get stuck somewhere in each book and have to scramble to figure out what to do (why does plotting always fail me? Why?!). Sometimes that scrambling last longer than others.
Witch Fall was a bugger. After flying through the beginning, I became stuck between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way through the book. I knew how it needed to end–I’d even wrote the ending. But I couldn’t figure out how to connect those dots (one of my biggest pitfalls as a writer). I struggled with it for MONTHS. Writing, rewriting. Stopping and writing the prequel. Swearing. Glaring. Eating lots of chocolate.
And in the process, I learned something that will help me with all of my future books: if you get stuck in the middlish, it’s because your villain isn’t fully devoloped. The villain is what drives the middle of the story toward the conclusion.
Seriously, I learn so much with each book. I’ll never know it all–there’s simply too much to learn–but it does get easier.
And now it’s FINALLY done. Such a relief. Like no longer being pregnant relief. And now I’m already turning toward my next project (Summer Queen–finally a book that doesn’t start with a “W”!).
And now on to my feelings about it’s reception.
Witch Fall is a fast paced, though perhaps not as much as my other books. I like it though, because it gives the reader a chance to breath and have a little fun. I think you guys will like it too.
I’m really excited about Jolin. She’s such a character. She was inspired by Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. She’s scary brilliant and self centered and all sorts of socially awkward. Each chapter starts off with a little quote from her. I think her comments are hilarious and surprisingly telling, but I know some readers might not like it. I think the payoff is worth the risk.
I love the romance between Lilette and Han. For some of my books, I pick an avatar for the characters. Lilette’s avatar is a falling star. Han is the darkness around the star that lets her shine. It’s beautiful and perfect.
Without getting too spoilery, my favorite scene from the book involves a love potion. It’s hilarious and a little steamy. I still giggle every time I read it.
My biggest worry for the book is that I broke a big rule. A very BIG RULE. I can’t tell you what it is, because that would ruin the entire story, but it’s a little intimidating to take on something so huge. Still, you can break the rules if you know them well enough. I believe I pulled it off. I’m excited (and a little nervous) to know what you guys think.
You can enter to win a copy on Goodreads (below). Also *whispers* some sites already have Witch Fall up for sale (I’d love to see your reviews!). I hope you all love Witch Fall as much as I do!