Saturday, June 20, 2009

Take that, Writer's Block!

I've basically shut myself off from the internet over the last week or so while I concentrated on finishing a first draft of my new book, a werewolf romance set in Alaska. Which I did, last night at 11:20.

This is probably the most difficult manuscript I've worked on so far, from the beggining, when I started it during the ice storm, without electricty for a week, writing more than 20 pages longhand. And then I had nearly crippling writer's block for about three weeks, which freaked me out enough to seek professional help. (Granted, that help was from another romance writer, but it was still professional help.)

So needless to say, I'm pretty excited about it and I'm not far enough into my career that I take it for granted that it will be published, so keep your fingers crossed.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Why my marriage works...

My husband, David, and I were in a bookstore last night, marveling at the sheer number of fantasy book covers featuring half-naked ladies wielding swords. I muttered, "I really need to tap into the horny geek market for my next project..."

David thought about that for a minute. "I think you'd do well in the horny geek market. Clearly, you understand their mind-set. Look who you married."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married him.

I love my geek.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Book Club Questions

My agent suggested I come up with a list of questions for Book Clubs and Reading Groups who are reading Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. They are:

-Which of the male vampires would you rather spend time with? Are you on Team Dick or Team Gabriel?

-If you'd been mistaken for a deer, shot and turned into a vampire, would you seek revenge against the drunk hunter who shot you?

-Jane's state of vampirism seems to leave her with her humanity intact. Factoring in the aversion to solid foods, increased flammability and public stigma, would you find this sort of immortality desirable? Would you accept the hassles if it meant staying young and beautiful...and being able to lift a sofa one-handed?

-Should Jane have "come out of the coffin" to her parents as soon as possible, or was she wise in waiting?

-What draws Gabriel to Jane and vice versa? If he hadn't been forced to turn her, what course do you think their relationship might have taken? Do Jane and Gabriel have a healthy relationship?

-Why does Andrea devote her life to being a blood surrogate? Is it fair to describe her as the loneliest character in the Hollow?

-If you were turned into a vampire and could test your indestructibility, what stupid, ill-advised stunt would you try?

-Would you rather have a defensive vampire power like reading minds, or an off-the-wall power like being able to talk to squirrels or find lost objects?

-Is Dick Cheney a good person?

-Jane seems reluctant to "abandon childish things." She still hangs out with her best friend from elementary school. She lives in a house steeped in happy childhood memories. Is Jane's reluctance to move from the Hollow a result of a fear of change or sentimentality?

-If you were turned into a vampire and faced with same choice, would you stay in the only you home knew? Or start fresh somewhere else?

-How much of Jane's bristling toward her family is justified? Is she too defensive when it comes to her mama, Jenny and Grandma Ruthie? Is Jane the family scapegoat?

-Why does Jane devote so much emotional energy to Aunt Jettie and Mr. Wainwright? Why does Jettie seem to understand Jane so much better than Jane's immediate family?

-With all their differences, what are Jolene and Zeb's chances as a couple?

-Obviously, Jane was not destined for telemarketing greatness. Was there a job you would have liked to see her try before she landed at Specialty Books?

-Did Jane make the right decision in refusing Mrs. Stubblefield's offer to return to the library?