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Sunday, August 14, 2016

WeWriWa: And Now for Something Entirely Different . . .


Write what you know, right? But sometimes you get intrigued enough to step outside the comfortable parameters you’ve set for yourself.

Several years ago, having fallen for the series started by my fellow Pocket authors Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, I was bitten by the exploration bug. I knew paranormal, but attempting a Young Adult series (especially, ewwww, first person!) was way outside my realm. I thought about it, played around with several ideas, thought some more and then drafted three chapters and a synopsis that, after getting a YA reader’s thumbs up, I finally submitted . . . right when the bottom was falling out of the paranormal market. The editors loved it but wouldn’t buy it. So, back to the thumb drive and all but forgotten. Until (there’s always an ‘until’ in publishing!), my former editor at Belle/ImaJinn joined another house, and what was she looking for? YA paranormal!

Fire up that thumb drive!

Here’s an excerpt from the prologue of the first book. What do you think?


They say your life flashes before your eyes. My 3-D hindsight only had time to rewind to back to this morning. As the strange events of the day rolled by, I realized I was watching a supernatural murder mystery unfold. I hadn’t understood then, but now, I could see the awful pattern. My dad’s a detective. He solves crimes by studying unrelated pieces, fitting them together like a gruesome jigsaw puzzle until they formed an ‘Aha!’ picture. 

I didn’t know when I got out of bed this morning that I’d be stepping into one of those spooky movies I hated to watch alone, but I guess when you’re the star of that particular creep show, you’re not in on the need-to-know fact that life as you know it is over. It sneaks up, slowly, stealthily, until you doubt what you hear, what you see, what you believe, until you’re convinced that the world’s gone mad and you’re the only one sane. 

That was the world I stepped into at 6:30 a.m. on this, my last morning as just plain Regina Graham, 17-year-old senior at Rayburn High. 

It started out so simply . . .


Maybe I’ve already got too many irons in the fire: I’m on the second book of my House of Terriot foursome; still promoting a paranormal boxed set; about to start tweaking the final book in my re-released vampire romance series; and, I’m going through the agonizing process of reformatting scans from the first book in the historical Western series I plan to reissue. Isn’t it already hot enough? 


Guess not! Just had to throw in that “H.o.T.” teaser (for “House of Terriot,” snort!).

Happy frantic writing weekend everyone!


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13 comments:

  1. A great intro, and I love your voice in this story!

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  2. I love your excerpt from the YA. I didn't realize how much fun 1st person POV was until I started writing my cozy mysteries. I hated middle school. High school wasn't much better. So re-visiting that age where you can control everything sounds like fun. Best wishes on all your projects.

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    1. I'll take you word on the 1st Person. So far it's been rather tortuous. But maybe if I have the chance to continue on . . .

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  3. A great start, Nancy. I love 1st person writing, but opinions among readers are mixed. Not sure why. Your piece certainly draws me in from the start. I want to know, now, what strange events changed his/her life that day.

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    1. I have a love/hate with reading 1st person. If it hooks you, it's awesome, but if it doesn't, it's distancing and awkward. If it's got you curious, it's done its job! Yay!

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  4. Good intro, had enough hooks to keep a person reading and the voice was excellent.

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    1. Thanks, Jean!! I'm feeling more confident already.

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  5. This is a great beginning, with a strong character voice. You're braver than I am, writing in first person, though I'd say it's working out well for you.

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    1. If it sounds effortless it's not for lack of effort! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  6. It's great...you make a fantastic teenage girl! Personally, I wouldn't redo my teens for anything, but you sure are making it look like fun! Well done!

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  7. Excellent opening, intriguing and insightful into the rather philosophical POV character.

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  8. Talk about SuperWoman! Do you wear a cape & fight crime too?! You're one busy woman, Nancy. Your YA excerpt peaked my need to know more. As a reader, I tend to have a hit/miss affair going with first person POV books - done right, it's very "intimate". I've no doubt, you'll do it right!

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