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Beautiful Books -- November

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 Dornr√∂schen.
      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!


  1. I go for sound with names too, I only pick ones I really like to say. Good luck with your writing :D

  2. Lizard skeletons & spears? I'm intrigued now. Currently, most of my research centers around things like traditional Mongolian foods and weaponry. Which is actually strangely normal...

    1. Normal for writers, anyway. Lol. :D :D :D

    2. I wish I could send you to Mongolia for a trip just long enough to do more research for your story. Wouldn't that be cool?

  3. Researching lizard skeletons is totally cool. :D


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