Publish Talk

October 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm (Uncategorized)

I have finished correcting and making changes to my manuscript. It is completed and I’m not touching it again. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wrote the synopsis and the biography several days ago and I got my friends and acquaintences email addresses so that they can receive an email when my book hits the market. I also had to take author photos so that I could get my picture on the back of the book. I really hate taking pictures. I can see flaws in every picture taken of me, but I sucked it up and chose three of the pictures that I mostly liked to send to the publisher. Everything is sent in and ready to go. I even sent them my ideas for the cover of the book. So now all that is to be done is the cover which they will make two and send them to me for approval. Which ever one I choose will be the cover for my book. I also had to send in three new titles for my book because they already had a book being published by the same name as my own. So I sent in three and they get to choose which one they’ll use. Once all of that is done it will be sent to the printing press and then placed on the market. I can’t wait, I’m so excited! ๐Ÿ˜€ I should be able to hold my published book in my hand in just a few short weeks.

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The Main Character Kallisto

October 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm (Character Blogs)

Well… Now that I have covered all of the characters in my book I guess it’s time to discuss the main character. Kallisto is based off of me. I made the main character of the book as an extention of me. Kallisto is the way I wish I could be in many ways. The description of the character is based off of me, minus my flaws. ๐Ÿ™‚ The personality of the character is the way I wish I was. I wanted her to have a strong personality, a leader that could take charge, beautiful although she does not see it, and powerful beyond her comprehension. She is the glue that holds the group together. She and Talus are the beginning and the end of the curse, but if Kallisto dies then they all die. And in turn if her brother Kalan dies then she dies. Kalan and Kallisto are tied so closely that whatever affects one affects the other. So if either Kalan or Kallisto die it is the end or, in the case of the curse, it is a new beginning. Kallisto is tied to her brother Kalan, her love Talus, her power source William, and her protector Gabriel. The others, Ramina, Ephiny, and Keira are tied to Kallisto through the ones that are tied to her so it has become a web with Kallisto as the center. She is the central part of the story as other stories are going on around her. You see different perspectives in the book than just Kallisto’s but all the stories revolve around Kallisto in some way whether it’s to get a perspective of Kallisto that she cannot see herself, or whether it’s to deepen a story that ties it all together. It is all surrounding the central story of Kallisto and any perspective that does not show Kallisto is just another step to revealing something that has confused or been unknown to Kallisto throughout the many years.

I hope you enjoyed yet another look into my fantasy world. I apologize that it has been a while since I posted but I have been doing a lot with school, and I spent some much needed time with my son last weekend. I will post more later. ๐Ÿ˜€

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The Character Keira

October 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm (Character Blogs)

The character Keira was based off of a girl that I know through my cousin. She is very sweet and loving, but she also has a temper. I based this character off of her personality. I have known this girl for a few years now and this is the aspect I have used from her personality. The character started out blonde because the girl the character is based off ofย was blonde, but after years of knowing this girl as a blonde I found out that she is truly a brunette and had only been bleaching her hair. Her hair did not look like it was bleached so I didn’t know. It looked all natural. She told me that she was tired of having to bleach her hair so she went back to her original color. I decided that I would change the character in the book with the times and have her as a brunette in the old days and a blonde in the present days. This worked out beautifully for the character development and explanations in the book. The story flowed easily and worked out better than I had imagined with this character. I believe that no one should be alone. And since my characters no longer have family besides each other I decided that they each needed someone to connect too. Gabriel was as alone as he could get. He didn’t have family and he wouldn’t allow himself to be a part of the group so I decided to add a soul mate for him as well. Keira is exactly what he needs and exactly what gets Gabriel to open up.

I hope you enjoyed this little tid bit. More post will follow at a later time.

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The Characters Talus, Kalan, and William

October 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm (Character Blogs)

These characters are all figments of my imagination. Kalan is the twin brother I wish I had. Talus is the man I wish I loved. William is the power source I wish I had. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Talus is my idea of the perfect man for me. I have never once found a man that carries all of the qualities that this man has. My grandfather, who passed away a few years ago was as close to a perfect man as I had ever seen. He took care of his family and friends the best that he could. He had his flaws but all humans do, but those flaws were well hidden and a person looking from the outside would never know. Only those closest to him knew about his flaws. In a way my perfect man is based off of my grandfather. Talus doesn’t have all of my grandfathers personality traits – that would just be creepy- ๐Ÿ˜€ but he does have the aspects of my grandfather that I would want to see in the man I love. It is said that a daughter will marry a man like her father. My grandfather was my father and so I guess I use him for comparison sake. All the men I have met have seemed to pale in comparison to my grandfather and I’m not even sure there are men out there like my grandfather anymore. So I created a man like him for the love interest in my book. It isn’t immortalizing my grandfather completely because it isn’t all him in the personality, but in part I am immortalizing his essence in my book.

Kalan is my other half. He is brilliant and good looking. He is the type of man that all the girls would love to have. In the old days brothers took care of their sisters and that is the aspect I wanted to put into my book. Kalan is protective of his sister and they are bonded in a way that makes sure that they stay together always. They fight for each other, they love each other, and they would die for one another. (literally) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kalan is the epiphany of what I would want in a brother. Now there are brothers out there who would do anything for their sisters, but I rarely see it. That is why I put this in my book, because I wanted to immortalize the brothers who are like this. Now granted he goes crazy at one point, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his sister. ๐Ÿ™‚ He is just driven mad by outside forces and it causes him to think certain things that are wrong would be right. I don’t want to give too much away so I apologize if that is cryptic but if you read the book then you would understand perfectly.

There has been a lot of debate about William’s character. He is another figment of my imagination, and I created him out of thin air with no thoughts of anyone to base him off of, but the Muse is adamant that William’s character has many aspects of another friend of ours. If the aspects of this person snuck in then I did not even think about it. I guess sometimes writers characters end up with aspects of people that they know without the author even thinking about that person to begin with. As far as I was concerned though I just made him up as a power source for the main character in times of distress, injury, or weakening of power. Gabriel and this character are a big part of the comic relief in my book. Their loathing attitudes toward each other make for great comedy. This is where the dark humor of Gabriel comes into play because it is mainly directed at William. Of course the personality William has just begs to be knocked down. He is rather arrogant and and acts like he’s better then Gabriel. He has a sweet side where the main character and Ephiny are concerned, but his attitude throughout the book is mainly that of a child that doesn’t get what he wants. He pouts constantly and brutes around when he’s upset. I just wanted a character like this because all of the other characters have good solid personalities and I wanted a personality that was different from all the others and that could be used as a comical break from all the action and drama that happens throughout the book (sometimes the comedy comes during the action and drama because of this character)

I combined these because they weren’t really based off of anyone in particular. At least not on purpose. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  I hope you enjoyed this inside look of the extra characters more will follow later.

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The Character Gabriel

October 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm (Character Blogs)

I said some of where this character came from in my very first post, because I wanted to mention my Muse. This character was based off of my cousin first. He was the one who got me started back writing and as I came up with ideas for the book he would act them out for me. This made the process of writing more comical for me because I was able to have a mental picture of my cousin doing the part for real.ย  He was there for at least the first half of my writing process. He gave me several ideas for his character that I absolutely loved and wanted to put in my book. After a while he started drifting away so that he could begin his life outside of our small town. I didn’t hear from him very often so it made it hard to want to write again. I love having someone to bounce ideas off of so that I can make my book more exciting. If the person I’m bouncing my ideas off of doesn’t seem intrigued or if they just seem bored of the idea then I scratch it and come up with another. I wrote for a time without bouncing ideas off of someone and the story was turning out great, but I wanted that interaction with someone who was interested in the book.

My Muse was a friend back when I was in school who left the state to pursue life abroad. He sowed his wild oats and decided to come back to the place where his family lives. He and I started talking again. I dropped the bomb that I was writing a book during one of our conversations and he wanted to know more about it. I gave him the run down of what the story was about and he liked it, so I started talking to him more and more about it. I realized after several conversations with him that he had much the same personality as my previous inspiration so we talked about him being my inspiration for the character Gabriel. He loved the idea and I started bouncing ideas off of him. He even gave me several ideas for his personality. His is filled with so much more dark and mysterious humor than my previous inspiration that the character changed a bit throughout the book. It was a change that seemed to flow easily from one way to another so well that the change became a part of the story.

I had several days where I was blocked throughout the writing process. I would rack my brain on what to do next and just couldn’t come up with anything. The Muse just so happened to call on one of those days and he gave me so many ideas that I was able to pick one of them and run with it. This is the exact reason I call him my Muse. Everytime I hit a block all I would have to do is call him and we would talk for hours about possible scenarios until I found one that I truly loved and I would continue from there. Some of our conversations led me to use more then one of the scenarios at a time so I would end up going from one scenario growing on that and then adding another one as a continuance. The ideas that he gave me were not just for his character, they were for every character in the book. I had the story in my head from long ago but there were holes in the story and my Muse helped me to fill in those holes and the story turned out exactly the way I wanted it too.

I don’t know how most authors work but I had a Muse to guide in the direction I wanted to go and since he doesn’t want his name out there for the world, he has requested that I continue calling him the Muse from now on. ๐Ÿ™‚ As you could probably tell by the comment he gave on my first post. If there are any authors out there having trouble I strongly suggest finding a Muse to bounce ideas off of. It can be beneficial in an author’s writing when they are blocked, that’s how I got through it.

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The Character Hope

October 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm (Character Blogs)

The character hope has a small but crutial role in this book. She is the one that is raising the main character. In reading the book her characters reason for being becomes revealed. She is only in the first book so she will not be seen in any of the other books. This characterย is based off of my grandmother. She and my aunt are much alike in the fact that they are both strong willed. My grandmother has raised several children and not all of them were her own. She has always been there for me no matter what and I love her more and more each day, even though sometimes we fight and argue. ๐Ÿ™‚ What family doesn’t? My grandfather used to call her a little squaw when he was alive and it drove her nuts, but she loved it. He called her this because she had some indian in her and she can look indian when she is tan, but her blonde hair and blue eyes are from a different aspect of her heritage. I had to use that in the book. The description of Hope is the description of my grandmother, and the personality is spot on. ๐Ÿ˜‰ How could I not immortalize the person who has had such an impact in my life.

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The Character Shappa Reya

October 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm (Character Blogs)

This character only has one part at the end of the book but it was a significant part to introduce her to the audience for the next book. I based this character off of my aunt whom I have called an Amazon since I was young. She is very tall and muscular and she can definitely take care of herself. The discription in the book is the way I see her. I had taken a picture of her one time when her red hair was shining in the sun and her hair glowed like it was fire. The name Shappa means ‘Red Thunder’ and the name Reya mean ‘Queen’ so I named her the Red Thunder Queen. That will become significant in the second book. I thought about just calling her Shappa since she is not a queen just yet, but then I thought it could be a tell-tale sign that she was going to be the queen. Although she has a small part in this first book her involvement with the cursed ones will become more significant and critical in the second and possibly third books.

The personality of Shappa Reya is an extension of my aunt’s personality. She doesn’t take anything from anybody. She asserts herself and will let you know exactly how she feels and what she is thinking. She is a very strong person. She has been through a lot in her life and she has fought her way through and maintained her life and the life of her children. She is a survivor and I am proud to call her my aunt. For this very fact, I have chosen to immortilize her personality in my book.

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The Character Ephiny

October 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm (Character Blogs)

This character is based off of a young girl who stayed with us while her family was getting settled. She became a part of our family quickly and easily. She is very sweet and I just wanted to have a character just like her. Now there are several parts where she has a little attitude or takes control and becomes a leader. The one Ephiny is based off of has these characteristics as well. She can have an attitude, what teenager doesn’t, but she is the sweetest most Christian girl I have ever met. She has taken over and taught lessons in her youth class at the church and she never fails in telling anyone who wants to know that Jesus is her savior.ย  A lot of the adults in our church have said that we need to take a page out of this girls book and do like she does. Her character in the book is based on what I, myself, have seen of her. She has shown so much potential at being a good leader that I had to add that. She is very protective of those around her and she thinks of others before she thinks of herself. She is human so I do not want to give the idea that she is perfect because she is not, but I have been very impressed by her and that is why I chose to immortalize her personality in my book.

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The Character Ramina

October 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm (Character Blogs)

I based the character Ramina off of my best friend. The discription in the book is a discription of my friend. When I was inspired by her and my cousin to start writing again two years ago I decided to base some of the characters off of my friends and family. Ramina was one of the first characters I created while writing this book. The personality fits her perfectly. To me, she is the ultimate Amazon woman. She is half Korean and half American, but she looks more like a really tall and muscular American Indian. She is a very open person and doesn’t get embarassed easily. She is one of my best friends in real life and she is perfect for the best friend of the main character in my book. We have never really had an argument in our lives, but I placed one in the book for a type of character development for the character Ramina. She read what I had written and immediately wanted to call and say she was sorry even though we didn’t have the argument in real life. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s just how real the characters in my book have affected the people in my life. They see the personalities that are so real and it makes the story feel real to them. I truly hope that if my book gets published that the people who read it will be able to relate to at least one of the characters on a personal level and have the story feel real for them as well.

I will continue posting blogs about each of the characters and how they were developed as time goes on. I hope you enjoy the inside look.

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Publishing Outlook 5

October 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm (Uncategorized)

I have signed the contract from the publisher and now I am just waiting for the next step to be taken. In an email from the publisher they had said that I need to do some editing on my book. I had sent it to an editor and they said there was very little that needed done, but as I reread through the story I found so many things that needed to be changed it’s not even funny. I have decided to change a few things that at first typing sounded good, but now that I have been away from it for a while and come back to it they seem stupid or trivial, so I am making changes as time allows. The contract says I have 45 days from the signing of the contract to make the changes needed and return the finished manuscript to the publisher for final check before publication. I plan to have it back to them way before then that is why I am making changes now. There were a couple of things that I had forgotten about in the process of writing my book and I was worried when they wanted to publish it because I wanted to make changes so that I could add the things that I had forgotten and now I get the chance. Thank God for publishers wanting to make me the best author I can be otherwise it might have gone out with mistakes and missing parts. Although I did think that I could explain away the missing parts in the second book it is good to not have to worry with it.

As soon as I am done with the editing process and get the go ahead to send it back to the publisher then they will get to work publishing my book. They say that it can take up to six to eight months to publish a book, but they can do it in a matter of weeks if the author gives them everything they need in a timely manner. I definitely plan to give them everything in a timely manner so I expect my book to be published in the matter of a few weeks. I am very excited and can barely hold myself in this seat. This is a dream come true!

I hope, if there are any authors out there who are needing to find a publisher,ย that my information helps. If there are any questions I will be glad to answer them. God Bless and Good Luck!

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