The Belgrave Daughter Blog Tour kicks off at The LUV'NV. I'm so excited! You can see the schedule here (or click on the banner)!
12 Random Facts at erin albert's Blog
Interview at Mary Waibel's Blog
**Bracketed comments are Mary's commentary**
Tell us, what do you write?
I write YA bordering on NA fantasy romance. I have a NA fairytale retelling series coming up, too after THE BELGRAVE LEGACY is completed.
Do you use 1st person, 3rd person, multiple POVs?
It varies depending on the book. For THE BELGRAVE LEGACY, I'm using 3rd omniscient, but with each of the 4 fairytales I'm doing something different (but how I plan to do that is a surprise I'm not ready to reveal just yet).
How do you get started with a book- is it an idea, a character, vary from story to story?
I start with an idea that normally comes to me in a dream, as hokey as that sounds. [Not hokey at all. I've had that happen, too!] Then I start writing a scene before I do anything else, just to get a sense of the story.
Do you draft quickly?
I completed THE BELGRAVE DAUGHTER in 7 months (4 for the first draft, the rest for editing). [Nice! That's pretty quick. Mine first took 8 years!]
Do you do research before your first draft, during?
I research as needed along the way. Normally, my stories don't require much research to begin with...
Do you outline? How?
I generally do a barebones outline to begin with after the initial free write (see my answer to #3), but sometimes I make it more detailed. It always evolves either way as I continue writing.
Do you name everything up front when you are drafting or do you leave comments for yourself to go back and fill in later so you don't lose the flow of what you are working on?
I try and write linearly and as completely as possible. I always know edits will happen, but I still try and get a semi-polished piece in the first draft.
Do you work with CP's (Critique Partners) or Beta's Beta readers)? How soon into your draft do you let them see your work?
I technically HAVE a beta group, but haven't sent them any of my writing because I kept changing stuff every two days. For my next book, I'm going to actually use them. [I had to learn to wait to get feedback back from my CP's before working on revisions (which really is harder than it sounds!) as I would make sweeping changes before they had a chance to read any of what I'd sent.]
What books/websites have you found most helpful to helping you write your best?
Writer's Digest (books, magazine, and blog), as well as Veronica Roth's blog, and the Go Teen Writers blog.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing?
A first draft is NOT the final one, so don't rush the writing, revising, or editing processes. It will only create more work down the road. [That's a great piece of advice!]
What do you have out now, or coming out? Any upcoming events? A website we can find you and your books at? An author photo? A book trailer? Anything else you want to share?
My debut novel, THE BELGRAVE DAUGHTER (1st in THE BELGRAVE LEGACY trilogy) came out November 14, 2013. And my friend just made a book trailer, too! [Congratulations, Zara! I am so thrilled for you!]
Interview at pandora's books
1. Describe your book in ten words or less. Go!
A dark angel is sent to seduce young witch.
2. The Belgrave Daughter has magic, prophecies, devils and dark angels. What made you gravitate towards those subjects?
I always liked the ideas of humans having powers, and struggled with the idea of fate and destiny, so the two combined and the Belgrave Daughter happened. :)
3. What authors inspired you to write?
JK Rowling and James Patterson
4. You're a writer and a student. How do you get everything done?
I do all my HW during my free periods at school and use the rest of my time to write.
5. What made you decide to self-publish? Do you think you’ll ever attempt traditional publishing?
I researched traditional publishing for two years, but decided I wanted to keep my creative executive power (editing, title, cover, etc)
6. As a self-published author, what is your editing process like?
Lots and LOTS of revisions. I went through The Belgrave Daughter 8 times!
7. Biggest writing quirk?
I do it with music playing or amidst a bunch of noise. I’m never as productive in silence as I am with background noise.
8. What are three must-have items when you sit down to write?
My phone, WiFi, charged laptop, and headphones.
9. What book are you currently reading?
Nothing at the moment. Junior year of high school has been a bit busy lately.
10. What advice do you have for other teenagers your age, who really want to write and get published?
Persevere and never stop writing, editing, and revising.
11. Are you working on anything new?
I’m currently writing the sequel to The Belgrave Daughter, called Tears of an Angel, then after I finish the trilogy with The Witch’s War, I plan on writing a fairytale retelling series called Fearful Fairytales. For more info on all my books, you can check out my website
My debut novel, The Belgrave Daughter, is now available for purchase!
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And in other news, I am now done writing the 2nd draft of the SEQUEL, Tears of an Angel.
I just saw the film adaptation of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And many tears later, I have decided I am completely in love with the book and film. I highly recommend this for everyone of all ages. The timing of reading it during my History unit on Nazi Germany only added to its powerful impact.
The Book Thief tells the haunting story of the titular character, Liesel Meminger, a ten year old girl growing up in Nazi Germany. After her brother dies and her Communist mother leaves her with the foster care system, Liesel feels alone in her new home with the Hubermanns. Before long, she begins to make new friends and finds comfort in learning how to read from stolen books. Seven years after its original publication in 2006, this critically-acclaimed young adult novel is now a major motion picture.
Narrated by Death, who proves to be loquacious and charismatic, the reader is shown many snippets of Liesel’s life, and of those surrounding her. Zusak artfully evokes the emotions of Nazi Germany, especially those of more reluctant residents like some of the Hitler Youth, who don’t understand the hatred being taught. The author also populates his story with a wide range of colorful characters like Hans and Rosa, Liesel’s foster parents; the next door neighbor Rudy, who harbors a crush on Liesel; and Max, all of whom are portrayed very faithfully in the film.
In the book, the story’s events unfold with little regard for a linear timeline. The author often fast-forwards and summarizes a future event before returning to the past or present in order to provide a fuller explanation of a given circumstance. The movie adaptation, however, presents the audience with a smoother narrative without the many, arresting asides that frequent the novel’s pages.
The transitions are not the only differences. As with most book to film adaptations, some details and back-stories are glossed over or in other cases, completely eliminated. Despite this fact, the screenwriter and director do not sacrifice any of the novel’s essence.
Based loosely on the author’s grandparents’ and parents’ experiences during the Holocaust, The Book Thief presents the audience with a powerful image of how everyone on Himmel street, both Jews and non-Jews, were impacted by the Nazi regime.
We're halfway there! Woah! Livin' on a prayer!
I couldn't help myself! Today I reached 25k words (50%) in Tears of an Angel AND edited The Belgrave Daughter for the last time! It's ready for publication on November 25, 2013, which is only two weeks away!
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This girl is on fire!
It's November! And you know what that means! No? Well, let me tell you why most authors retreat to the writing caves for the month of November and stock up on chocolate or coffee (or both), only to emerge with a 50k word rough (partial) draft of a novel. The even reprises during April and July (formerly July and August). NaNoWriMo means National Novel Writing Month, if you didn't know.
This is my announcement to say that I WILL be one of the crazy thousands embarking on this ambitious venture (though I've done it before: it's how I wrote the first draft of The Belgrave Daughter). Below is my wordcount, which you can also see on the homepage.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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