Unexpected twists – Romance Weekly

1. You’re moving along in the storyline and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where a the twist leads or do you conform the story to your way?

Oh gosh! This has happened to me so much in my current WIP, Aries. I most certainly had a plot. I outlined the story for a few months actually before I began writing it on June 21, 2014.

When I began writing my characters took over. I always write in the deep POV. So when I really got to know the characters they started writing the plot and taking me into a lot of turns, that actually enriched the manuscript, and added a lot more dynamics that marked a true psychological thriller. It was so exciting to see these new developments, and when I asked my critique partners what they thought of and I gave a specific example, they thought it was a really cool way to go.

Of course, I am not going to tell you specific plot points in Aries. That’s mainly because it’s still a first draft even though I think it’s a really darn good one.

In reality because the plot points are so deep, complicated, and very in depth, I think it’s pretty close to what the final draft will be. That is so strange for a first draft. But I really think all these twists and turns work. Since Aries is more police procedural, where Gemini was a tad bit more medical, it really gives the detectives a chance to work very hard. In fact it forces them to work hard to solve this case.

There are interacting subplots which are important to be solved in order to have a satisfactory ending, which Aries will have.

Oh, when Aries is complete, the first draft complete, please look forward to a brand-new website devoted to this novel.

2. What time of year is best for you are writing?

This is a very easy answer. Every time of year is perfect for me to write.During the summer I write poolside, here in Florida. And during the winter I could write poolside, here in Florida.

3. When looking for a publisher do you choose a traditional press, an indie press or one that does both e-book and print?

I’m definitely going with the traditional press. For one, it’s my validation that Gemini will be published in the right way. I feel confident the editing job done at Black Opal Books, who is my publisher, will be superb. I need that confidence. I was very fortunate to find a publisher who releases e-book and paperback at the same time. I had been told that with many publishers,ย  e-book is released first and print if it’s warranted eight months to a year later. I was very fortunate and I am blessed to have found my publisher.

Now onto another fabulous author, Christy Carlyle at http://www.romancingthevictorians.blogspot.com

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  1. One day I will write poolside ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I settle for lakeside. I am anxiously awaiting the new website dedicated to Aries ๐Ÿ™‚ Great answers!!!

  2. Congrats on finding a publisher you love! It’s a sort of dating process, isn’t it, to figure out the pros and cons and what fits best. And confidence in your publisher is key.

    Thanks for pointing folks in my direction today. ๐Ÿ™‚

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