Archive for September, 1910

Wow, the time sure got away from me on THAT one! My only excuse is that I’ve been writing, writing, writing. I know, it’s the same excuse I always give, because it is always true. :-)

Bibliophile asked how long, on average, does it take me to write a first draft.

That’s a great question and there are a bunch of different answers, depending on the book involved. A first draft can take as little as two months or as long as three years, depending on how long the book is, how much time I have to devote to it, and how easy it is to write. For example, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos took me about two years to write a good solid first draft, BUT, I was only working on it on the weekends as a side project. During the week I had another trilogy I was writing. (The Lowthar’s Blade books, in case you’re wondering.) So that took a long time to get a first draft down, but I also think all that extra time made the story richer and better. I wasn’t rushing anything, my ideas had time to develop, and I had lots of time to get to know the characters.

The Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist books are much shorter, and the first draft of the first book only took about three months to write, BUT, I’d been thinking about that series for about three or four years, letting the idea roll around in my  head for a long time. Again, I’d had a long time to think about what might work and what might not, what I’d already seen a lot of in other books and what I wanted to do differently.

In this book I just finished, a YA historical fantasy, it took me FOUR years to get a solid first draft. Part of it is that is is a reeeeeally long book (over 450 pages!) but also that it was a very complicated story. It required a lot of research and world building and complex character dynamics. Plus I had to write it inbetween all the Theodosia and Nathaniel Fludd books.

I don’t think there’s any point in hurrying that first draft. If writing is fun, and it should be, why not take your time and play with it? At least, that’s what I do!

Paige asked: What made you chose Egyptian mythology, not Native American, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, or Greek mythology?

Oo! Good question. One big reason I chose Egyptian was because that’s what has always fascinated ME. Although I am also fascinated by Celtic mythology, well all the other mythologies, actually. But there was already a very popular series with Greek mythology, and Roman mythology felt very close to Greek mythology, so I didn’t want to use that. As for Native American mythology, I didn’t quite feel right using that for an entire book since I don’t have a lot of Native American blood in me. Plus it’s not something I know nearly enough about.  I do still plan to write books involving the other mythologies, though, just not quite yet.

Adriana asked: What was theodosia’s biggest challenge at the museum of legends and antiquities?

Wow! Another great question! Theodosia’s biggest challenge is keeping her parents safe while avoiding telling them about what’s going on. The thing is, she’d love to tell them, if she thought for one minute they’d believe her, but she’s pretty convinced they won’t. She doesn’t like lying to them, but she can’t ignore all the black magic and vile curses. So for her, the biggest challenge is just trying to balance all the different needs.

And I think that’s long enough for one post!