I'm currently working on rewriting the first book in one of the series of books that I've written. I have two series that I'm working on. Each series has three books in it. The first series is about vampires who live in New Orleans. The second series is about a family of shape-shifters. This series is in the planning stages right now. I also have at least two screenplays I'm working on. I love having multiple projects going. :)
I have a writer pal who says every generation gets the vampire they deserve. :-)
Good luck, Diane!
Hi. I just joined SheWrites and I'm excited to participate in this group. I finished my novel, Halcyon Days, last month. I started in on November 1 for NaNoWriMo, and did the 50,000 words in 29 days. By the end of revisions, I reached 90,000 words. The story unfolded strangely out of my mind (I wrote my first blog post about it). I'm having some difficulty summing it up, but I will try. It'll be good practice for that query letter that I am laboring over.
The protagonist of my novel is Genny, a seventeen year old girl who lives with her two younger siblings, Austyn and Staci, and her enigmatic uncle Clayton, in the ironically named Halcyon Days Mobile Home Park. Her obsession with her uncle started when she was eight, though he managed to avoid her until a series of tragedies forced him to move Genny and her siblings in with him. At thirteen, Genny learned why she had such intense feelings for Clayton: they are both werewolves, living in isolation.
After Clayton dragged Genny into the woods and bit her, releasing her inner wolf, the psychic boundary between Genny and Clayton leads to some transgressive intimacy between them. Genny's confusion and rage lead to her reputation as Harding High's school slut and resident ass-kicker. By her senior year, she feels stuck in her dead end life, locked in tension with Clayton, burdened by caring for her siblings, and sick of her bad reputation.
Matters come to a head when a strange green star appears in the sky, bringing both friend and dangerous foe to Harding High School. There's Dillon, a selkie who Genny has power over, and good thing too, because he has a crush on her sister. Winter is a preppy princess who uses her clique of mean girls and their mind controlled boyfriends to enact a ritual that could destroy the world. But most importantly for Genny, it brings Emmett, a strange, quiet boy (or is he?). Genny’s relationship with Emmett is her first secret from Clayton, and with Emmett’s help, she fights the monsters, both within and without, that plague her. He helps her save the world, but it also gives her the perspective to find a way out of Halcyon Days for all of them.
This book started a YA book, but after the first draft, it quickly took a dark, sexual turn that pushed it far out of YA territory. I wound up with a very strange love triangle, of sorts: werewolf girl, her uncle, and a post-modern golem. Hopefully no one has seen that one before...
My husband and I are writing a novel together. We are a bit stuck right now on a character who needs to be developed, but finally had a break through. It takes place in two time zones -- a difficult endeavor for a new novelist! I am struggling with keeping the pace of past and present -- sortof a layout issue.
>My husband and I are writing a novel together.
That sounds dangerous! ;-)
Hi there. I've got three books on the go at the moment; all of them stalled by procrastination. I'd win a gold medal if it was an Olympic sport. I have a favourite; a contemporary drama set in Ireland (I'm Irish but live in New Zealand) and I got as far as mapping an outline last week. I dreamt the storyline and my late father was there, so I feel compelled to finish it. When I finish procrastinating.