Recently, someone on Twitter asked about current writing projects. Having just finished (and published!) Blood and Water, you might think I'd be taking a rest. YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Side note: I never rest. I'm like a shark; I even sleep with my eyes open.
Since it's November, I'm waist-deep in the waters of NaNoWriMo. I haven't talked much about the novel I'm working on, except to say that it's drastically different from Blood and Water, so I thought that this post would give me the opportunity to do that. Plus, I found some pretty neat questions to answer along the way, so...
HERE WE GO!
(Special thanks to Cait for providing these questions!)
How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I've had this idea for AGES. Since it's essentially autobiographical, I've wanted to write about the events of the novel more or less since they happened, which is like seven years ago now? More or less? Weird.
Why are you excited to write this novel?
It's like revisiting the past, in a way. Although this time, I'm able to push past the nostalgia and see the situations for what they really were. Add a layer of distance and self-awareness and yeah, it's going to be good.
Also, I LOVE theatre. So there's that.
What is your novel about, and what is the title?
In The Palest of Pinks, Tara Chase lands the role of a lifetime in a community theater production of her favorite play. While struggling through rehearsals and some unforeseen conflicts with some of her costars, she learns a great deal about life, love, theatre, adulthood, and herself.
Sum up your characters in one word each.
- TARA (17YO PROTAGONIST): ambitious
- CORY (14YO BROTHER): supportive
- JED (36YO MENTOR): eccentric
- BRADEN (22YO COSTAR): charming
- ANNETTE (30YO COSTAR): sweet
- RILEY (21YO COSTAR): levelheaded
- MARA (32YO PLAYWRIGHT): determined
Tara has parents, but I haven't done much with them yet. And as I keep writing, I'm sure I'll discover more characters, but this is my core cast at the moment.
Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
It's going to be a tie between Braden and Jed. They're both different from me in terms of personality, so they're the biggest stretch for me to write. With Jed, though, there's a method to his madness, and that's something I can't wait to explore. Braden, meanwhile, could charm the chastity belt off the virgin queen. He's a master manipulator and a bit of a narcissist. So, that will be fun.
What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Tara has two main goals throughout the novel. First, she wants to get to know herself, but she doesn't have much time for that because she has to get to know her character, Carissa. Further complicating the matter is the fact that she's falling for one of her costars. In addition, she wants the play to go off without a hitch, but she finds herself at odds with her costars in almost every rehearsal.
Where is your novel set?
My novel is set in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
What is the most important relationship your character has?
She has a lot of interesting relationships, but she's the closest to her younger brother, Cory. They support each other no matter what, and throughout the course of the novel, she draws on the strength she gets from him.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Ahhh I feel like this is spoiling, but whatever! At the end of the novel, Tara is much more self-assured and independent, having come through several challenges and grown in many different ways. She is prepared to face the future, whatever that may be.
What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
The key themes are discovering yourself through art, exploring other perspectives and expanding your worldview, working hard to achieve your dreams, and the importance of a stable support network. When the story is over, I want my readers to feel like they can achieve almost anything. Corny, maybe, but yeah. That's it.
BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
Keep going, even if you hate it... because it's week two now, and I kind of hate it. Don't stop to edit. Oh, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Okay, so that's all the questions, which is good because now my break is up and I must get back to writing! I really enjoyed answering these questions, and I'd love to hear what all of you are working on now, too! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
What are you working on right now? What's your novel about?
Author @brianawrites shares information about her #NaNoWriMo novel and why she's excited to write it. (Click to tweet)