I was invited to participate in this blog tour by Clara Grace Waker, who posted last week on her awesome blog, Creative Juices: http://www.claragracewalker.blogspot.com/
The first MC, Ryban, is a bit rough around the edges with a sparse voice that breaks the rules of grammar. The second MC, Aven is much more internal, sensitive, anxiety-ridden, and that reflects in his voice which occasionally becomes overwhelmed with stream-of-conscious. This is in part due to the fact that his character is made mute by the bond, which has provided interesting challenges in narration.
It’s kind of a complicated story, and I’m struggling to accurately describe and explain it at the moment, which is why I’m not sure if it will ever go out to any beta readers. It might have just been a writing experiment for myself. Here’s the original, confusing, atrocious log line from my first outline:
On the eve of war, two bloodbound half-breed teenage guys, and four other outcasts, take an inter-planetary trip from the crater slums of Thipro to the all female planet of Lokwee, in the Emperor’s own stolen spacecraft in an attempt to flee persecution and rescue their Neffela fathers and half-breed brothers from their Mokree warrior mothers.
Say that again? 😉 I guess could say that it’s a touch of Firefly meets a two boys version of Graceling, with an Amazon Warrior-like culture on the side and some LGBT themes for good measure. Still confused? It took me some time to wrap my mind around it all as well. . . 🙂
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In this novel, I have two same sex POVs, which is a bit rare. Also, it’s typical in YA for dual POV characters to be love interests, and mine are not. Technically, they were destined (by their blood bond) to be love interests, but destiny and reality are two very different things. This creates sort of a backwards closet situation, where my straight boy is the one who is considered to be choosing a path that is not what people wanted and expected of him.
While I intended for this to have a definitely Sci-Fi feel to it, there has been so much world building to do that has grounded it more as space fantasy. Also, while it is conflict and adventure driven, there’s a lot of focus on the unique relationships that exist and grow between the six teens.
Once I started writing, the outline had been modified repeatedly and thrown out the window completely by chapter 12. Now, I keep working towards those defining moments, but the paths I’m taking to get there are not what I had originally thought or expected. When I finish the first draft, I plan to do a read through and full edit, followed by some major revising and rewriting. Then after I get the bulk of the story under control, I’ll split the novel into half by POVs and read the novel only through one POV at a time, to ensure that I’ve stayed true to the style and voice of each MC. After that, I will probably put it through one more read through and edit before deciding whether or not to share it out with beta readers.
In previous novels, I’ve had outlines, used a post-it notes method for one with a lot of alternating scenes, and completely pantsed one novel. I guess that I haven’t found any one method that I’m willing to stick to yet. I do what feels right for each novel, and perhaps with more time, I’ll find a method that is a bit more consistent. If not, oh well. I don’t believe in fighting against what seems to be working with any given novel, just to keep things uniform. I like to be flexible and try new approaches.
Check out the next 3 writers on the blog tour who will be posting answers to all 4 questions on June 16th at the links below:
Ellen Mandeville: http://ellenmandeville.com/
Ami Allen-Vath: http://amiallenvath.wordpress.
Ami Allen-Vath is a Young Adult Contemporary author, represented by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency. She lives along the shores of New Jersey with her husband, two children, and a dog named Yoda. She loves books that make her laugh and/or want to “fall” off a bridge. She does not like birds, cilantro, or cartoon character impressions. She can be found on Twitter: @amilouiseallen, Face
Ami previously participated in this blog tour, so you can already read her post here: http://amiallenvath.wordpress.