Wait, You’re Not Done?: Personal Interviews on Our Second Novels
TODAY’S BREW: Woodchuck Hard Cider for Julie. Pumpkin Spice coffee for Kristen.
by Julie and Kristen
Without trying to explore All The Feelings in this blog post, Kristen and I wanted to take our super-emo blog post run from earlier this month and link it to how our feelings link to our new novels. Again, we find ourselves working at the same pace on our newest novels, but with much different results and much different processes. Not working on our first novels is a major change! And with change comes growth. We decided to interview each other in 5 questions as to what makes our second books our second books with a life of their own.
1)What’s new in your second book?
There is a lot more Tristan, my smokin’ hot rockstar vampire main character, in Immortal Forever, which should make everyone happy. A lot more Talis too, much to Callie’s dismay. Talis wants Callie, our protagonist, out of the Immortal Dilemma picture. Callie has a mentor to show her the ropes in the Vegas vampire world, to which we get more of a bird’s eye view. Of course, there are new conflicts and challenges for them to face and overcome. Not everyone gets out alive, but do they make it to the afterlife?
2)Have your main characters changed since book one?
Callie is no longer the naïve girl who started college in September. She’s back for her second semester to battle a world she wouldn’t have believed existed just five months ago. She’s not exactly sure what she wants, but she’s ready to fight against what she doesn’t want. Callie is not a girl to put up with a lot of crap. Her attitudes towards Tristan and Blade, her love interest, have changed as well.
3)How have you changed since book one?
My life got completely up ended between the start and finish of Immortal Dilemma. I lost my mom, I l had to give up my house, I lived in a hotel. Last year at this time was the scariest time of my life. But I got through it, and landed on my feet. A lot of people would have given up. I think of it every time I pass someone at an intersection with a cardboard sign, asking for food or money. That could have been me. It made me stronger, and made me fight harder for everything I have. There is no lay down and die. I think that is reflected in my writing, and my characters. They don’t give up.
4)What’s harder about the second book? Easier?
Technically, Immortal Forever is the third book in this series. I also wrote a prequel starring Callie and Tristan called Seasons in The Sun, which covers the backstory of their relationship. When I began writing Immortal Dilemma, never did I imagine I’d have a literary agent when I started to write it’s sequel. In fact, when I started Immortal Dilemma, I thought the whole story would be told in one book. But as the story unfolded, I realized it need a To Be Continued. Having an agent means people are paying attention. This can’t suck. I’m probably being way too hard on myself, but that’s how I roll. The characters have chosen their paths, and I need to follow it. It’s not such an anything goes format anymore. On the other hand, now that I know the main characters so well, their personalities are come through very easily now.
5)Do you have a new soundtrack for your second book?
Seasons in the Sun had more of a country soundtrack. Immortal Dilemma has more of a glam metal soundtrack. Immortal Forever so far has a bit more of an industrial/alternative soundtrack. It has a bit of a darker feel than the other two books, and the music that compliments it reflects that.
NOW ME, NOW ME! (JULIE)
1) What is your second book (Running Away) about?
Eliza and Nicholas find their comfortable New Hampshire world, and are forced to go to the Japanese temple where Ellie will commit herself to becoming something else. Not to give too much away. There are lots of new vampires in Japan, a lot of new interactions and relationships, and the characters you know from Running Home are put to the test in every way possible.
2) What are your biggest challenges in writing the second novel?
Taking my characters from a place that I personally know to a place I have never been from the get-go—Japan. Making that setting real, both beautiful and frightening for my girl.
3)What is the most exciting part of your new novel?
I love the new characters we meet! Human and vampire, forced to live together in this secluded place, full of aggression and newness and different feelings, temperaments. And seeing the changes in Eliza. She completely reinvents herself, and the outcome is something nobody will expect.
4) What is your writing schedule like?
Early! With the majority of Running Home I wrote after a long night of retail, into the wee hours of the morning. Now I set my alarm for 5AM to write with the support of the 5AM Writer’s Club on Twitter. It’s the only time I am truly alone and awake and fresh minded. Much different!
5) How are you reflected in the new novel?
Aw, Jesus Christ. Ellie is experiencing a detached rawness in the face of a great loss much like I have. She is emotionless, simultaneously trying to feel and not feel. She pushes away the one person she loves because she just can’t give him anything, she has nothing to give. She is void of life. And she seems strong, but she’s at her most vulnerable, when she needs someone the most, and knows no way to ask for help. It’s very similar to how I felt after my father’s death when I was 16. That kind of inner change determines how you react to things for the rest of your life. Ellie doesn’t become your typical hero, she has a lot of flaws, a lot of choices that are wrong, and she makes no apologies for them. It’s real, and imperfect. But I absolutely love the outcome of both of us!
There you have it! I hope you all are looking forward to the end of the second novel journey the way we are. But in the meantime, enjoy the ride.