Friday, November 20, 2009

*Project Jane

Yes, yes, I know I've neglected my blog lately. But what can I say? The life of a writer is never easy. The life of a writer borderline-OCD-mom on the eve of the New Moon release a week before the Thanksgiving-that-she-is-hosting gathering one month before **Christmas with one manuscript-without-a-home-or-agent and one work-in-progress-that-she's-obsessed-with both vying for her attention is simply chaotic.

Still, I apologize for slighting my most massive fan base of thirty-five (twenty-eight of which I suspect are spammers). I will attempt to make restitution by
1.Offering ***one million dollars to the first person that finds a word that rhymes with "chaos"
2.Not hiding for so long in the future
3.Providing you with this brilliant character interview:

Totally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
An Interview with Jane
by Sara McClung
I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to host Sara McClung's interview! Not only is she a supportive friend, but she's a fantastic writer, super adorable, and remarkably insightful. And it seems most fitting to post her interview on the day of the New Moon release as Sara is also an avid defender of Twilight and all genre literature (like myself, though she's braver). I urge you to check out her often hilarious, sometimes educational, always entertaining blog and find her on Twitter, where you must be sure to drop by the #amwritingparty, an informal writer's support group that Sara founded which meets at any time you can find another willing to participate (though it usually picks up steam in the evenings [EST]).

Meet Sara McClung...
Sara, Sara, Bo-Bera, Banana-Fana Mo-Mera McClung currently lives in Northern Virginia (with a super hunk of a supportive hubby) and is working...scratch that...HAS FINISHED, just two days ago, the first draft of her first novel: a YA urban fantasy romance titled Shattered [feel free to throw confetti/spaghetti/streamers and shout a ridiculously loud Huzza!] She plans to spend the holidays editing and begging beta readers for feedback. Sara will thus commence the ****Moby Dickian hunt for representation at the crack of the 2010 dawn.

Now say hello to her little friend, Jane, a delicious morsel of a character to whom great responsibility is bestowed and tenuously received. Poor Jane is riddled with adolescent insecurity and angst, but has a heart that is far bigger than her little body.

Me: Alright, let’s get started. But first, Jane--what’s the scowl for?

Jane: I’m irritated. I don’t understand why Niko has to be a part of my story.

Me: The land chose her as a guardian, same as you. It was in the cards, sorry kiddo.

Jane: No. YOU chose her as a guardian. Just hit the delete button. Then type Clara into one of the guardian roles instead.

Me: I can’t do it. Sorry.

Jane: Come on. Did you forget that Niko threw brown soda all over my silk homecoming dress last year? Why are you doing this?

Me: Because, Jane, Niko makes you tense--and that makes for a more interesting story. If people don’t want to read about you, because I write a life that’s too complacent, I may as well hit that delete key...over the entire story.

Jane [pauses to mull this over]: Okay, fine. But...can you at least create a boyfriend for Niko? Maybe even that Jesse guy from Alexandra’s interview? He thinks he’s better than his peers… Niko thinks she’s better than her peers… It’s a perfect match. Just keep her away from Patrick.

Me: Oh quit the jealousy act. You already know that Patrick loves you. Plus, trust me...Niko is not what you need to worry about when it comes to Patrick.

Jane [flashes a sheepish smile]: Thanks. I know I’m being silly. I guess after everything we went through I just--wait. Do you mean there’s something else that I should be worried about with Patrick?

Me: Oops. Said too much. My lips are sealed. But anyway, shouldn’t you be thinking about the bigger picture?

Jane: You mean the guardianship? I’m always thinking about it...even when I’m not thinking about it, I think about it. sighs] There’s so much to do. I have to figure out how to control my talent...I don’t want another repeat with what happened at school. And I know my brother’s in danger, but I don’t know how to help. Patrick and I...[rolls eyes again; follows with another sigh] and Niko...don’t even know what we’re supposed to guard the land against yet! I think I’m getting an ulcer. Maybe if I--

[Jane forgets to finish her sentence; her posture instantly radiates alertness. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of metallic brown hair. I turn to see Patrick peeking in the window. He shrugs guiltily when caught and waves before walking away.]

Jane: Well, I’ll let you get back to writing. I’m gonna...I mean, I need to...[clears throat]

Me: Go ahead, I saw him too. Enjoy the downtime--the pace will soon be drastically picking up.

Peaked your interest? Steamy romance, adolescent jealousies, a dash of magic, and teen guardians of an entire city? I'll take two, thank you very much. Let's hope Ms. McClung finds a publishing home for Shattered soon so that we can see how things turn out for Jane, Niko, and Patrick. Thank you Sara for sharing your character interview with us! As always, it was a pleasure to work with you. Would love to see you chat with Niko or Patrick in the future. Best wishes for an enjoyable editing experience and a quick journey to publication!

If you would like to participate in the Character Interviews series, find me on Twitter and shoot me a line. Be sure to read about my post on the how and why of Character Interviews.

*One of the working titles used by Sara McClung before settling on Shattered
**If you did not click on this "Christmas" link, you have missed a prime piece of hilarity, especially for Twilight fans/haters.
***Even if you do find a rhyming word for chaos, which you won't, I'm lying about the million dollars.
****Do not attempt to look up this word in the dictionary.


  1. HAHAHAHA omg lol that was too funny! I like Jane already! <3 I can't wait to read it eeeeee!!!!

    p.s. Sorry Jane, can't give Jesse to Niko--he's already got a significant other ;-) (And said significant other, Chase, is a mage, and he can be a little bit scary sometimes :-P)

  2. Carol - first of all the Christmas link is amazing. AMAZING!!!

    Thanks so much for letting me write an interview for your fabulous blog!! I've said it before and I'll always believe it - your idea to do character interviews like this is genius!! For anyone who hasn't done it already - DO IT. You learn so much about your character in the process and it makes writing with them in mind so. much. easier.

    Alexandra - darn it! JK Niko will find love someday down the road... in the next book I'm pretty sure! (And plus, as talented as she might be, and as tough as she acts, I'm pretty sure that she wouldn't want to mess with a mage!)

  3. Alexandra, thanks for stopping by! I miss Jesse and Remy already!!I cannot wait to read their books.

    Sara, I can't tell you how awesome it's been working with you! I'm also shocked sometimes by our astounding similarities. You mustbe the blond version of me (hmmm, story in there?). By the way, I think I may have a character for our Niko to fall in love with. Perhaps we can get them together for a little chat (once I come up with his name and introduce him to the plot of my WIP!) I thought you'd get a kick out of that Christmas link. Stumbled upon it by accident. And so perfect for today!

    BTW, did you guys check out the New Moon link? If you haven't, you should. It was a gift from my friend, Aurora. I about swooned when I saw it.

  4. Enjoyable and intriguing interview. I look forward to getting to know your characters better when I am able to read your book.

  5. Fun interview :)

    Sounds like a great concept for a book - can't wait to read it when it comes out!

  6. I liked it!

    I spent several minutes futilely fumbling for a word to rhyme with 'chaos.' :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  7. DAIS!

    There was chaos on the dais!

    Come on, close enough!

  8. Jane sounds interesting, but--and I'm just speaking for the guys here--could you throw in a catfight between Niko and Jane during revisions?

    Just asking. *cough*

    And many congrats on finishing the ms!

  9. LK, I'm looking forward to the book as well. Already missing your Katie.

    Jemi, Thanks for stopping by! It was good fun to host it, too!

    Elizabeth,Glad you liked it. Thanks for playing ;) Had a visit at your blog just now. Great post on giving readers what they want!

    Iapetus999, that was close. But, eh hemm, no cigar. Good try. The illion dollars shall remain mine ( would if I had that much.)

  10. Love it. Sara is such a nice chick.

    Great post :)


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