Please welcome the final addition to our little Wednesday blogging group - Gwendolyn Cease. I've known Gwen forEVAH, and she is seriously the best. I'm so happy she's jumping in to blog with us. :-) Welcome aboard, Gwen. MWAH.
Now, on to today's topic - Behind the Scenes of My Latest Project.
What I'm working on now is my contribution to the NA anthology - If Ever I Would Leave You - with Bronwyn and Jenny. It's a collection of contemporary Arthurian-inspired stories. My story is called The Deepest Cut.
I'm not going to share the cover art or the blurb right now. That's coming soon! :) And I'll break briefly here for a shameles plug. We're looking for people to host a cover reveal with optional giveaway on their blogs in May. If you're interested in joining in, we've got three dates to chose from, and we'd absolutely love any help we could get in spreading the word about this book. Click here to fill out the form.
*ahem* Now, back to the behind the scenes peek....
So, if I'm not sharing the cover art and blurb yet, what am I am I going to share? Plenty, I promise.
How the project came to be - Well, I had this kernel of an idea. It all started with the heroine, Anna. It is one of the rare times (for me, anyway) that a character popped almost completely formed in my head. Where she was going, what her story was, took me a bit longer to figure out. I knew it had to do with King Arthur, Merlin, and Knights of the Round Table and all of that. But how? Wasn't too sure. I knew it wasn't going to be historical. I really don't do those, but would it be a contemporary twist, a fantasy set in another world, or something different?
Well, I finally decided it was definitely going to be contemporary and started to get a more solid idea of what I wanted to do with it, playing with the idea of Arthur and the rest returning when there was great need. One day, I was talking with Bron and shared the idea with her. She was the one who said, that's an NA story right there, sister. And when I thought about it, I realized she was right (as she usually is). The conversation continued and we started talking about an Arthurian-inspired story she had been working on. We both had been talking about moving into self-publishing and, long story short, we thought it'd be a grand idea to do this together - write our contemporary Arthurian stories and release them together.
THEN, we were talking later about how we do Merlin Club with Jen and wouldn't it be cool if the three of us Merlin Clubbers did this. So we asked Jen if she was interested and she said sure. LOL
And that, my friends, is how If Ever I Would Leave You was born.
My Inspiration - Just because I'm not sharing gorgeous cover art with you yet doesn't mean I'm not going to share some pretties. :) Here is how I picture some of the important characters in The Deepest Cut.
When I first started thinking of Anna and Merlin, I immediately pictured Luke and Ruby from the short-lived British show Demons. So that is how they are in my head. :)
The lovely Holliday Grainger, who has been in Merlin (Sophia, guys!), Robin Hood, The Borgias. This is exactly how I picture Anna.
You guys thought I was going to put Colin Morgan, didn't you? LOL Tempting but nope.
Christian Cooke does just fine as Merlin. :) Just to prove that, I've given you clean shaven and scruffy Merlin. Both make an appearance in the book. :)
Alex Pettyfer. Gorgeous British actor. He's a bit older than my Arthut but I don't care. This is what he looks like.
Joseph Morgan from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Isn't he pretty?
Landon Liboiron - He was in Degrassi and Terra Nova. Cutie, and hey Kris, he's Canadian, eh? You sure grow them pretty up there.
Andrew Lee-Potts - Told you last week I have a wee crush on him. Well, he's who I picture for the sorcerer with questionable intentions and motives,
My Writing Process at the Moment aka How It's All Going - I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this story, this collection as a whole, stepping into self-publishing...all of it. However, it's a bit intimidating. It's a whole lot of new happening right now. And, for me, that involves a whole lot of freaking. Although, there are those who will tell you I freak out about every project. Don't listen to them. It's all lies! (Maybe.)
But I'm pushing though and getting it done. And loving it. Though poor Bron and Jen have to put up with my frequent whining and insecurities, and I adore them for that.
So my "process" at the moment is...write like crazy, read what I've written, feel a bit unsure if it's going to work, rewrite some things, add some stuff, reread, send to the greatest friends a girl could ever have to get some feedback, bite my nails as I wait (im)patiently for a response, second guess myself and everything I'm doing, give myself an internal pep talk (trust the characters, trust the story, trust the characters, trust the story), feel better after talking to friends...aaaaaaaaaaaand lather, rinse, repeat.
The Deepest Cut Playlist
Music is essential to me for writing (To be honest, a big reason to pop in the earbuds is to drown out the general chaos that rules this house!). A lot of times, I'll listen to instrumental music, but sometimes, I'll make a playlist that fits the book.
Follow the link above to listen to The Deepest Cut's playlist on Spotify, but here are the songs that, right now, put me in the right frame of mind for this book.
"C'est La Mort" - The Civil Wars
"The Beacon" - A Fine Frenzy
"Like the Dawn" - The Oh Hellos
"White Blank Page" - Mumford & Sons
"Dark Paradise" - Lana Del Rey
"Maybe" - Ingrid Michaelson
"10 AM, Gare Du Nord" - Keaton Henson
"Breath of Life" - Florence + the Machine
"Home" - Phillip Phillips
"Gone, Gone, Gone" - Phillip Phillips
"Say Something" - A Great Big World
"Somewhere Only We Know" - Keane
"Calls Me Home" - Shannon LaBrae
"Need" - Hana Pestle
"In my Place" - Coldplay
"Only You" Matthew Perryman Jones
"Arms" - Christina Perri
"Wherever You Will Go" - The Calling
"Fucking Perfect" - P!nk
"Counting Stars" - One Republic
And that's it from me. Go forth and find out what the rest of the gals are working on!
Kellie St. James
Until next week!