“Loved this complete box set of The Sin Bin novels from Dahlia Donovan! I had never read any of these before and I just plowed through them in a few days! They were a lot of fun to read…lots of different themes and no two sets of main characters the same. ”
~ Samantha C on Amazon, 4 Stars
2020 has been a year like no other, hasn’t it? I mean, it’s been three centuries long. So much has happened that I keep forgetting random massive events that happened in January or February because it feels as though they occurred a few years ago and not months.
And like everything else, my writings plans haven’t gone….to plan. I haven’t struggled for inspiration. But trying to stay focused in a trash-fire year has seemed almost impossible.
I fully intended to start November 1st with Pickled Petunia, book 3 of my Motts Cozy Series. It’s likely I’ll start a week late as I’m wrapping up another novel.
The lessons I’ve taken from 2020 have been to try and stay open to change. And don’t get so wrapped up in what and when you think things are going to happen. Life, particularly this year, doesn’t always go how we expect.
It’s not easy as an autistic. I like my routine. I need a schedule that makes sense for me. 2020 has shredded my regular routine completely.
I’m hoping to end 2020 with four novels written. I’m 80% through my third, Ghost Light Killer. With a bit of luck and hard work, I can add Pickled Petunia to the list. We’ll see.
What about you? How has 2020 affected your writing plans?
I think every author has a kryptonite. An aspect of writing that is difficult for them. Or, at least, I DEFINITELY do.
I thought I’d share my kryptonite with you.
- Editing, in general. We hates it, precious. I mean, I love my editor (love you Liv!) but I hate editing.
- Forgetting a word and changing an entire paragraph to compensate so I can use another one.
What about you? What’s your kryptonite?
What secondary characters do I wish I could explore?
(Me to my muse.)
This is a dangerous topic to discuss. My muse has a habit of running away with me when I’m supposed to be focus on a specific story. But, I thought it would be fun to talk about the various secondary characters in all of my books that I wish I could’ve explored further or written something for.
I picked just three either individuals or couples. There were a few others but if I give my muse too much temptation, I might get myself into trouble.
The first one who came to mind was Silus and Zeb from The Sin Bin. Remi’s cousin and Scottie’s little brother who develop a romance in The Lion Tamer. I’ve always wanted to write their romance, but things just didn’t work out there. Maybe one day.
The second person who came to mind was Jesse from Found You.
Here’s the intro you get to Jesse in the book:
Jesse had lived in Key West for almost twenty-three years. He’d arrived on Dusk’s seventh birthday, having drifted ashore in a banged-up life raft, looking like a cross between Santa Claus and a starved pirate. The man had claimed to have no memory of where or when his boat had sunk or what his last name was. No one knew his true age or name, though he appeared now to be in his late sixties. A jack of all trades who had done stayed on the island, doing odd jobs to make ends meet.
I have ALWAYS wanted to delve deeply into the mysterious past of Jesse and what led up to him getting shipwrecked in Key West. Maybe one day.
A couple we see in The Sin Bin books. I’ve written a flash fiction for them at one point. But I think it would be brilliant to dip into their backgrounds. Remi and Sara both have some interesting family dramas to cope with. We only get the slightly hint about them in the series and again in Forged in Flood.
Honorable Mentions: Ahmed from The Misguided Confession, Dr. Gen from The Caretaker, and Bishan’s siblings in The Grasmere Trilogy.
I’m pretty sure my editor doesn’t think I have a process.
(She might be right. Love you, Liv!)
So…here’s what usually happens for me throughout editing.
- It starts while I’m writing. I generally send each finished chapter to two of my betas. I find it helps me with keeping tracking of things, though that’s not always successful either.
- Finish the book! (Yay! Collapse in a heap. Throw confetti. Have a nap.)
- Do a round of edits.
- Send to my last beta who works magic for me.
- Do another round of edits.
- Do a third round with Grammarly.
- Submit my book to my publisher after whining endlessly about writing a synopsis.
- Multiple rounds of edits with my editor and publisher.
- So many rounds.
- All the edits.
AKA how many times can I use the word favourite in a blog post.
One question I see a lot is ‘What’s your favourite book you’ve written?’
And I always try to avoid the question. How do you pick your favourite? Or maybe, the truth is how do you admit to having a favourite? Gasp. Horror.
I do have a few books that are at the top of my list.
From The Blackbird Series:
Lorcan. Lorcan is definitely my favourite from the Blackbird Anthology. I adore Ronan and Lorcan. They were such fun to write. And they had the most interesting time together.
From The Sin Bin:
This one is tricky. I love the entire series and all of the couples. I think The Caretaker is my fave, though. There’s something about Freddie and Tens’ relationship that just stands out to me from the others.
From my Standalones:
Hmm. I had a rough time with this one. My standalones are all so varied and even in different genres. But of them all, Found You is probably the one I’d choose.
it was fun to write and some of the lines still make me laugh so hard.
From my Cozies:
Oh, this one hurts. Cozy mysteries are my preferred genre to read and to write most days. I think Poisoned Primrose is going to be at the top of my list. To be honest, it’s at the top of the entire list (even though I put it last.) And it all boils down to Motts, the main character. She’s the best character I’ve ever developed. I adore her and the story.
“I can tell you that I am absolutely fascinated with how the author chose to build the character of Motts and, to a lesser extent, Teo. Poisoned Primrose is that perfect little novel one could enjoy on a rainy afternoon with a hot cup of tea. It’s a delightful morsel that left me eager to see more of the marvelous cast of characters who inhabit the quaint little town. I look forward to Motts’ next adventure.”
~ Sammy at Joyfully Jay, 4.5 Stars