Interview with Beatrice

This is an interview with my heroine from LUMINOSITY, Beatrice. Thanks to all those who helped me to come up with the questions!

Who are you?

My name is Beatrice, and I am a Seer.

What was your favorite toy/ game you played as a child?

We didn’t really have time to play at the Institution when we were children. Most of our time was spent in classes and training for combat. But, if I had to pick any game, one that we play a lot now is marbles. Brandon gets very possessive of his marbles, though, so be careful if you play with him. You’ll never hear the end of it if you happen to win one of his favorites.

If you could be any animal, what kind would you be?

I think I would like to be a bird because most of them are free to go where they want, and sometimes I feel caged being in the Institution, even moreso now that I’ve had those Visions. The Keeper keeps me close so nothing happens to me. It feels a little stifling sometimes.

What is in your fridge right now?

I don’t have a fridge. We all eat in the cafeteria at a certain, designated time.

Why are manhole covers round?

I’m not sure that’s really important to anything at all.

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

We don’t get vacations here. That, and there really isn’t anywhere left in the world to go, even if you wanted to. We’re kept inside The City for our own protection, since most other places are uninhabitable. The only other city I know of is Aura, where the Dreamcatchers live, and no one has been there. Who would want to go, really?

What was the last book you read?

Effective Combat Practices

 If you could trade places with anyone else in the world for a day, who would it be and why?

I would probably trade places with Mae, because she’s always so high-spirited, and nothing can get her down. Despite the fact that we are waiting for an impending attack by the Dreamcatchers, Mae doesn’t let it get to her. She’s always sunshine and rainbows, and it’d be nice to experience that, if only for a day.

If you had only six months to live, what would you do with the time? Who would you want to talk to?

I’d most likely spend it doing something with Gabe, since he’s been my best friend since we were big enough to walk. I don’t know what we’d do, though. Gabe loves ham day in the cafeteria, so maybe we’d just sit around eating ham for the rest of the day.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words? How would others describe you in 3 words?

I would describe myself as being “way too serious.” There’s just so much that has to get done, and so much happening that I don’t have time to just be Beatrice anymore. My friends, though, would describe me as probably being loyal, outgoing and brave. They always say I’m afraid of nothing, but I don’t think they know the half of having a power that is so strong that everyone is relying on me for their answers.

If I held a gun to your head, tell me why I should let you live.

Because if I don’t live, you and everyone else will die.

 

Whose Team Will You Be On?

I found that I’ve chosen sides or “teams” with my characters, despite the fact that I know who “wins.” It’s probably ridiculous of me, but at the same time, I think it is helping me build the characters. It’s also getting me really excited, since it’d be neat to have other people choose a team too. It’s fun to hear that people are already cheering for one side over another. Team Gabe or Team Echo?

The first person to do this was my sister and beta-reader for LUMINOSITY, Jamie, who decided (if I recall correctly) to be on Team Gabe. One of my editors has chosen to be on Team Echo, and the other is holding out a little more before she decides. She also made me tell her who wins, which is so cheating. Then again, I have chosen my team, and I know who wins too! Maybe I’ll just change it on everyone at the last minute and blow people’s minds!

…or not.

I wrote a great scene today, that I’m extra proud of. The second book is going well, and I have a renewed sense of “go go go!” now that I’m past those first few chapters. They are always the hardest to write, I think, but once I get by them, the rest of the book just spews out of me uncontrollably, like having a word flu. Wasn’t that a disgusting metaphor?

Anyway, I hope that one day, when LUMINOSITY comes out, you’ll get to pick your team.

PS: This banner is silly. Excuse my silliness.

How a Three Book Deal Has Changed My Life

Stephanie Dray/Draven often reminds me that I’ve gotten done in five years what took her more than ten to accomplish. Sometimes, I forget about this, and I forget about just how hard I’ve worked, and how much I’ve had to sacrifice to get myself where I am today. Trust me, if you don’t know the backstory, it’s not been an easy road, but I’ve gotten here, somehow.

I’m not the type of person to get overly-excited about something, not right away, that is. I’ll let things stew for a little bit, and then when everything starts to settle, that’s when it hits me. I did it. I sold THREE, full-length books all on my own, without an agent. Well, I can’t say it was ALL on my own. I did have some support from my dear friends, so leaving them without credit would be unfair of me.

But it’s finally been setting in, especially as I sit in front of my computer every night and flip back and forth between books, trying to decide which one I want to work on. It hits me when others ask me to read more of what I have because they genuinely like it. It hits me when my editors tell me how much they love the book, and it hits me when my husband just won’t stop talking about how his wife sold a series to a publisher. And this isn’t even the half of it.

So, to those of you who are agonizing over getting an agent to be successful…keep doing what you are doing and don’t get discouraged. After I had an agent I had to fire due to unprofessional comments, and another because I found he/she was lying to me, I was just about to give up on the industry all together. But I kept with it. I kept with it when an editor with a huge publishing house told me to revise and resubmit, then left the publishing house without telling me. Goodbye, R&R! My big break, gone, just like that.

But in those shadows, I’ve found light. I’ve found an amazing group of people at Entangled Publishing who believe in me and my work, and they’ve refilled my writing mojo bottle, for which I’m forever grateful.

The moral of this story is that that publishing gig takes a long time. You feel like you are wading water for most of this time, but just when you start to get tired, SOMETHING will happen for you. It will. It might not be as quickly as you want it to be, but it will happen. I promise. Just hang in there and keep writing. Like Stephanie Dray/Draven tells me, “Every manuscript you have is like a lottery ticket. Eventually, one of them will be a winner.”

I found my winner…have you?

Editing, Editing

So, this is my first real foray into going through the editing process. It’s been pretty good so far, mostly because I have wonderful editors who are so patient and kind.

I am really enjoying the changes that are being made to LUMINOSITY. I have a really great feeling about this book, and the books to follow. We’ve been working on some world building and plot building, which has been so fun! I never had so much fun editing before! It’s a whole different experience when you have people working with you.

My other YA projects are on hold for now, but one day, I’ll breathe some life into them just like I am breathing more life into LUMINOSITY.