/> Witchblood: March 2013

Friday, 22 March 2013

'Genevieve' - A WitchBlood Story

So as you guys know I am in the middle of a big house & area move so I just haven't got the time or emotional wherewithal to start writing 'WitchHunt' yet (but I do hope to have it out before Christmas!) Instead I thought I would write a novella / novelette telling the back story of Eva and Sebastian. I am aiming for £10-12k words and hope to have it written before I move house in May.

I don't know if you remember from Eva's chat with Jess in WitchBlood, but Eva was turned during the French Revolution which makes it a little bit horrifying. Also worth mentioning is that Eva doesn't have any 'extra' witchy powers, she doesn't have Jess's independance and these are both adults ;) So I'm thinking with the full-on vampy behaviour in this story it is going to be more a 'New Adult' fit... probably 16+ readerwise! Although this excerpt only contains some revolution atrocities... nothing else.

Here are some covers I have been working on. Personally I like the 2nd one, becuase I think she has the 'Eva' glint in her eyes and I think it fits well with the the rest of the series; but what do you think?

I have added the excerpt to my 'Excerpts Page' HERE.

Also to get you in the mood, here is an amazing song by Evanescence called 'Bring Me To Life,' which I am listening to right now as I am writing the scene where Eva decides she wants Sebastian to change her. Enjoy and please let me know what you think of the excerpt.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Short Stories, Novelettes & Novellas

I've never written a short story before... well apart from the ones I did at university and college, but since I began writing as a career... I can't put 'seriously' because it doesn't quite go with me, my personality or my subject matter! Writing about vampires and witches isn't 'serious' writing is it? It's fun! Anyway when it was recently suggested that I write a short story for a potential anthology I thought it could be a good idea to write about Eva's history, because she's an awesome character and doesn't get enough attention in the WitchBlood Series.

I thought I could probably write about her 'beginning' in about 10 - 12,000 words. Is this more than a short story I wondered? Yet I thought Novellas were longer so I had a little research and apparently what I am writing is a Novelette! For anyone interested here are the guidelines:

n Short story - 7,500 words or less

n Novelette - 7,501-17,500 words

n Novella - 17,501-40,000 words

n Novel - 40,001 or more words
Now personally I wouldn't be happy if I bought a novel and it was only 40,000 words. That must be only about 100 pages long! I'd say 60,000+ is a novel... but that's just my opinion!

So here I am writing my first Novelette. The title currently is 'Genevieve, A WitchBlood Story'. I like to keep things simple LOL and I'm hoping to have it done before I move house and go on holiday in May! The only sticking point is that I'm stretching myself by doing something new and writing in 3rd person! As you all know my Witchblood Series books are written in 1st person which personally I find much easier to write in, as I'm directly in the character's head... but for this story I thought 3rd person would work better.

I'm considering posting the first section on here... Would you like to read it?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Next Big Thing Hop

So a couple of weeks ago my lovely friend and fellow writer Aurelia B Rowl tagged me for this blog hop which I believe was started by Litbridge consisting of an ever-growing chain of writer interviews spanning the globe! Cool huh? Anyway me being ditsy old me... I completely forgot I'd been tagged until yesterday when another writer friend of mine from America, Christiana Miller also tagged me! So a big hello and thank you to both Aurelia B Rowl who writes modern romance novels and the lovely Christiana who has written one of my favourite books Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead!

How it works is that I post my interview and then I tag five more writers... although this may be tricky as everyone I know seems to have done it already!

TNBT: What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
WitchLove is the third book in the WitchBlood YA series following 18 year old Jess, a half witch / half vampire as she fights evil and finds love.

TNBT: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I'm not really sure... my warped imagination maybe? Once I began writing WitchBlood the characters just grew and plot lines developed organically.

TNBT: What genre does your book fall under?
YA (Young Adult). Paranormal. Fantasy... maybe New Adult as there is some romance. Age 14+

TNBT: What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie?
I have a whole post on this coming up soon on my latest blog tour but to make it quick : Emma Watson would play Jess, Dean Geyer would play Daniel, Mila Kunis would make a great Eva and maybe Zac Effron would play Luke.

TNBT: How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
With WitchBlood it took me about 10months, but I wrote WitchLove during NaNoWriMo so completed the final 3/4 of the book in 30days!

TNBT: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I'd say my amazing fans who reply to my posts on my Facebook page, write me amazing reviews and are constantly asking when the next book will be written. They keep me writing!

TNBT: What else about your book might pique your readers interest?
I think a lot of my American fans love the fact that my series is based in the UK, and are also entertained by Jess travelling to the US in WitchLove. Equally I think my British fans like the fact that they are reading about British places... especially Northern UK.

If you want to learn more about me, here are my links:
Blog
Facebook page
Twitter

Now here are my authors for next weeks hop:

Luisa Plaja   

Rachel McClellan

Tom Winship

Roxy Kade

Carlyle Labuschagne


Monday, 11 March 2013

Getting in the Zone...

Monday morning and I sit down at my desk, my head is in pieces, my brain is mashed and writing is the last thing coming to mind, so I thought the title apt! Why you ask? Yes it's about the third most stressful thing you can do in your life (after death & divorce)... moving house!

So last week we accepted an offer on our house, which happened somewhat sooner than expected and I am totally thrilled about, but it meant Saturday was taken up with house viewings in Cheshire. My husband has said all along (when I've been stressing out about finding a 'perfect house') that we will know when we see it. He also said that it could be the house I wasn't expecting it to be... I don't like to say this too often in case it goes to his head... but he was SO right! As soon as we walked into this house we both 'felt' it. It also happened to be the one house out of the four that was my least favourite on paper! So I find myself sitting here in my freezing cold conservatory waiting, typing in a somewhat frenzied fashion whilst I wait for a phone call from my husband who is doing the negotiating today. He has just phoned to say he has made the initial offer... and now we wait some more!

I'd just like to say for the record that
1. I' not good at waiting &
2. I'm a control freak... So this kind of scenario is not in my comfort zone!

Coming back to the title... somehow I need to put all this out of my head and do something. The choice is between cleaning the house and writing. Hmm now normally writing would come first every time but today Im just not sure I can get in the zone. Apart from anything I haven't started WitchHunt yet and starting is the bit I find hardest, so srating now, whilst I've got so much going on in my already spaced out cranium might not be the best plan!

I do however have another project I'm considering. I have a friend in the vilage who is also a writer, Aurelia B. Rowl who recently suggested putting togather an anthology of short stories and asked if I would contribute something. I was thinking about doing a short spin-off about Eva and Sebastian in the French Revoloution era...what do you think? I've never written a short story before but it could be a useful way of getting my head back in the game. Would you like to read about Eva and Sebastian?


Also just a reminder that I have a six week blog tour running currently, hosted by Abby at
Bookshelf Confessions and if you are interested in my covers you can read about my cover decisions on Friday's guest post over at FromThe BootheelCottonPatch . You can see the rest of the tour and loads of new reviews by clicking the links on the Tour Page link at the top of the blog page or the poster.