July 5, 2012 by Kiersi
The word “writer” is sometimes frustrating because writing a book involves so much more than the simple act of immortalizing letters in an organized fashion. There’s a huge measure of planning, strategy, and eraser-chewing that goes into it, too. Imagine many thousands of tiny, broken-off pieces of that hard rubber that seems to leave more of a black smear on the page than actually erase anything–and that’s a fraction of what later becomes a novel. Life experiences; character observations; setting and style and dialogue research. Sometimes you just have to turn something over and over enough times in your head that you eventually stumble across the solution. It takes talking over with a friend, and occasionally just a good night’s sleep.
I sit down at the keyboard and pound on them like an angry chimp maybe, hmm, three hours out of every day. But how many hours do I actually spend working each day?
Sitting in a car with some friends, I quizzed them about superhero tropes. “What does every superhero have in common?” I’ve been playing with different possible origin stories for a superhero character that sidesteps boring clichés. I want to give him a history that’s both creative and caricatured, so it feels familiar, but pointedly sarcastic and funny. I really liked that about Soon I Will Be Invincible, a novel that’s both clever and original in its method of poking fun at Marvel and DC. (more…)
Category: How-to | Tags: Codename Q, superheroes | 8 Comments
July 2, 2012 by Kiersi
Work on the last stretch of The Aeronauts has stalled in the wake of bachelorette parties, book club (John Green’s Paper Towns), applying for a fellowship with Literary Arts, and chomping through Beth Revis’s debut YA sci-fi novel, Across the Universe. Maybe I’ll review it and its sequel, A Million Suns, when I’m finished with them. If time permits. Or if someone asks nicely.
I’m also struggling to stay away from planning this “new adult” (“NA,” as it is affectionately called; the term means “16-18+” age range) novel about superheroes, and the middle grade novel that I–guilty swallow–might have started writing last weekend about chick viking dragon hunters.
And oh, yeah, my hair is blue.
Anyway, some presents for you: (more…)
Category: in progress | Tags: Beth Revis, John Green, literary agents, New Adult, slush pile, superheroes, The Legend of Bo, WIPs | 6 Comments
April 24, 2012 by Kiersi
I think we can all agree–considering the success of The Hunger Games and the imminent finale of the Twilight movies–that the fad of supernatural and paranormal elements in young adult literature is beginning to dissipate. Even paranormal romance is dropping off the radar for publishers and agents. Werewolves are done, blasé. Vampires? I’d bet with real money that True Blood‘s upcoming sixth season will be its last, with all the original charm and wit squeezed out by the show’s increasing time devotion to witches, shape-changers and goblin-like fey. Television and book series can no longer be sustained by the concept of the “sexy vampire” alone. Monster fic is riding the molten tail of a comet passing its hey day. Satire is always a sign of something on the “fad” decline, and I’d say Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the tell-all tale. (more…)
Category: Commentary, Industry | Tags: cowboys, literary trends, paranormal, romance, sci-fi, superheroes, YA | 2 Comments