Emerging Writers: Guest Post #5 A Slow Cold Death – A mystery with scientific fraud & academic violence!
Thanks Susy for being our fifth guest post writer. I love fiction with a science setting.
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Q. Hi Nadine. Can we kick off the interview by discussing your current work in progress?
A: Hi Laurence. Sure. I’ve been working on a trilogy of South African Vampire Fiction for about two years now.
Q: What’s the title of your work?
A: I’ve called it My Addiction for the past two years but I’m sure I’ll change the name to some degree once we’ve completed the editing process and all. Give it more of an African feel.
Q: Where did the idea come from?
A: I’m not really 100% sure. It’s as if I woke up one morning and just had all these things I wanted to do. I guess it’s because I hit the big 30. J I achieved a lot in that year.
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: I don’t like labelling them as a specific genre. I feel they fall well into Fantasy, Adventure and Romance. Of course, there’s Paranormal as we’re dealing with mythical creatures. I’d even say there’s some Thriller in there too.
Q: How have modern day movies and published authors in the same genre influenced you?
A: Well…I think since Twilight hit the market things have changed dramatically for any author in that specific genre. It flooded the market to such an extent that publishers and agents alike are very reluctant to accept anything related to vampires currently.
It’s also changed life for everyone around us. These days you hear more and more about people who characterise themselves as vampires and wolves. It’s not just mythical folklore anymore. It’s around us, part of us.
Q: How does that influence what you’re doing?
A: It doesn’t influence my writing that much. When I write I set the part of myself aside that takes me into another world. I think as writers we are all given the gift of creating something from nothing. If we love what we write it’s a bargain; if the world around us likes it—it’s an honour.
Q: Can you tell us briefly what your trilogy is about?
A: To sum it up, it’s about a South African female vampire–Snare–who was created with a specificpurpose in mind. Unfortunately for her creators, they didn’t take into account her state of mind or her ultimate goal.
It’s fast paced a bit psychotic and all about love.
Q: What sets your trilogy apart from others?
A. Well, my aim is to create a new breed of vampires and mythical creatures alike. The majority of it goes down in a somewhat post-apocalyptic Africa – which is already something different from what everyone knows.
I feel Africa is a bit of untouched ground when it comes to mythical creatures so that would give it an edge. I hope.
Q. If you never got published what would you take away from this whole experience
A: I’d definitely take away a lot.
I’ve met so many people, listened to so many stories, read so many tales that I do feel it’s helped me grow a lot as a person. If I never get published my only hope would be that my stories will at least be kept in the family. That they’ll be taken from generation to generation and that, in a way, I’ll always remain in a small space of someone’s memory.
Q: Any tips and treats for other writers?
1. Don’t be too overeager. Investigate what you want to achieve. Don’t ever think that writing is about just writing and then distributing. It’s not – it’s an art.
2. Get yourself a good editor. Not just someone to proofread your work, but someone you can confide in. Someone that believes in you, your story and your characters.
3. Don’t write with the aim of getting published. Write because you are in love with writing.
Anything after that is a bonus.
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So what is pace? Pace is movement. Pace is driving forward. Pace is action.
If you spend too much time on exposition, back story and detail then you are going to lose pace. Getting the balance right is the tricky part with pace. Consider your genre and your style as you use the following techniques for adding pace to your manuscript.
I once had the letters RUE above my laptop screen. They were put there to remind me to Resist the Urge to Explain. I used to explain who this person was in my stories, why that person did something and where the others were going later. Now I don’t. Explanations are boring. In the 21st century readers want action. They want novels that zip along. They don’t need to know what the characters had for breakfast.
Another technique for keeping the pace moving is by having a real plot. Shakespeare did this. People get killed, people have fights, people make speeches to skulls. Something happens. You need to have a plot where something happens. I know there was a 20th century literary fashion for stories where nothing happens, but if you want a big readership something has to happen.
The next technique is called in media res. This simply means starting in the middle of the action. Don’t start your story with a lot of exposition, backstory or filler about who your character is, where he came from or why she is there. Start with the gunshot that changes her life, or at the hospital where her mother is dying, or at the club where she sees her boyfriend dancing with her best friend.
So we have three techniques for keeping the pace moving: RUE, plot and in media res. Stick to these and your story will have pace.
This post is the fourth on a voyage exploring the world of getting your writing noticed. Here is a link to the previous post on theme, the most important part of writing IMO. And here is a link to the next post, on how to keep your reader turning the pages using emotion.
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Here are some links to useful information for writers:
socialmediaisdynamite.com for my blog on using social media to get noticed.
The reality of being published – 2 months after my first book came out all over the UK I wrote this post
The Accessible Author – how the author’s role is changing
Frantic Editing – a post on the editing process my first novel went through in the summer of 2011
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