This month, I am only taking a few questions out of the ten offered. Some of them are too much of a spoiler at this particular time, or they don't seem to apply, or I have recently answered them elsewhere. So, in its abbreviated form, here it goes:
1.Is your books turning out like you thought it would be or is is defying your expectations?
A little bit of both, honestly. Some of it turned out perfectly as planned. Other bits turned out better than I imagined -- rather catching me off-guard with a turn of a phrase or a plot twist. And some parts turned out much, much harder to write than I expected.
5. What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?
I look for the sound of it -- how does it roll off my tongue?
Sometimes I look for the definition of a name -- sometimes I will start with a meaning and find a fitting name that means what I want it to. Sometimes I will even put a word into Google Translate and make a name out of the translation.
Sometimes I look for a nationality -- either because of the setting of my story or for other reasons. For example, in one of my Sleeping Beauty stories, I intentionally went for German names in honor of Dornröschen.
And sometimes I make them up. Or modify them for my story.
6. What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end...and why?
I think my favorite is the beginning because there is so much promise with those first pages. At that point, the story could go a million different ways and they all look wonderful.
7c. What is the weirdest thing you have researched for this novel?
Please don't be freaked out, but I was researching lizard skeletons.
And if that is not bad enough, the purpose for this research was to figure out how to best stab them with a spear.
And if you want to know why on earth my characters wanted to stab lizards with spears (please don't misunderstand me -- I really truly like lizards), then you'll have to read The Caver's Kiss someday.
And that's it, folks! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful month of writing!