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Blog Hop: Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

 I’d like to thank author, K.D. Emerson, of Digitus 233 for tagging me in the Next Big Thing Blog tour. Her blog is (http://masterkoda.com/category/master-koda-blog-tour ) Check out the latest events with Master Koda as well.

 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing: Rebekah Wolveire author of Crimson Shadow Collection: Book 1 Melzela

 

What is the working title of your book?
I am writing a seven book series I’m calling Crimson Shadow Collection. There are about 75 vampires and this is the series is about their lives. I have been working on the set-up of this series since 2008-2009. The title of the first book is Crimson Shadow Collection: Book 1 Melzela. (It can be shorted to just Melzela.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, it’s a really long story, but I thought of the idea when I was sick with mono and my boyfriend and I were on a temporary break. I missed him and he always had a love for vampires and it was my way of being close to him. However once I was well and we got back together, the series took on a life of it’s own. Melzela is just the main vampire from which all of the many descendant come.

What genre does your book fall under?
The entire Crimson Shadow Series is about vampires, so it is horror and occult: vampire.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Melzela would be played by an young actress that has similar features as to Angelina Jolie. (I would love to Ms. Jolie, but my characters is permanently 20 years old.)
I actually have actors inspired for each of my characters.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Melzela was abused and neglected by her family, in which she finds determination, and hope in herself to seek true love and after a blood ritual back fires, she is made a child of the blood lust.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to find an agent and get this book mainstream published. (If anyone knows any agents or publishers that are interested in monstrous vampire novels, please leave a comment on post me a message on facebook.)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took several years, because I was afraid of someone stealing my ideas. This year wanted to get a push so I made sure I finished it with NaNoWriMo 2012. I started it in 2008-2012, that is about four years. I hope to work on a vampire novel, one per year now; if I need NaNoWriMo as push, I will use it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I will first stay, yes Melzela is looking for love, but this is nothing like Twilight.
Melzela was created at the time of Christ, which when the families would tell you who you married. She was fighting against that.
She was a woman of street; she needed to make a way to survive. This has a lot of adult themes.
The entire series is more like Anne Rice’s vampires and true blood mixed together. I also believe that my vampire would take a nightly stroll with the great Dracula himself.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My best friend from high school was always into vampires (she was a Rice fan.) My boyfriend also showed his passionate and love for the children of the night. How could I not want to embrace them too?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is just the first book out of seven: I honestly think there is at least one vampire everyone would be interested in. Melzela was young woman who just wanted the fairy tale love to be true.

 

I am tagging the following people.

Marguerite Arotin http://www.margueritearotin.wordpress.com

Mary Jo Lovallo http://rosewithering.livejournal.com

Tameka Armstrong http://pandareadingabook.wordpress.com

Amy Stewart http://500thfloor.wordpress.com

Mike Podgor http://mikepodgor.wordpress.com

Rachel Snitzer http://anrisaryn.wordpress.com

Driving lies

 Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing: Rebekah Wolveire author of Driving Lies

 

What is the working title of your book?
My latest thrilling book is called Driving Lies.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea was originally from a script I worked on high school, most of high school. I reread it and I liked the main idea, but then I realized that there was a lot of holes in my plot. I tweaked the plot, outlined it, and started to write for NaNoWriMo 2011.

What genre does your book fall under?
This book can fall under several categories such a murder mystery, thriller, and suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jake- Eric Balfour (Haven, 24); Penny (Jake’s ex-girlfriend)- Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) 
Neve- Britt Roberson (Cherry); Eric- Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) Nick-  Taylor Kitsch (The Covenant)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Simple version: A man, Jacob Walters, snaps and strikes revenges with car accidents killing all his victims.

Complex version: Jacob Walters had a beautiful finances, great son, and good future, but he gambled it all way on a family. Once things started to crack, Jake to revenge the only way he knew how through cars.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I want to publish, but I have a long road of editing first. I will get my 5 free copies from Create Space. I think I will put it on amazon or smash words. Keep up with this blog for the links.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I still have yet to finish a few chapters on the last section, but I know have more that 150K so far. It’s been over a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
In some ways, I would like to think And Then There None (also known as Ten Little Indians) by Agatha Christie.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t drive. I was hit by a car (hit and run) when I was 12 scouting a paper route, since then I’ve had nightmares of getting into car accidents in and out of the car. I thought if I wrote about car accidents it would help me to get over it, but it’s different when you put it on the page and you are on the road.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I write this book in two different perspectives and I rotate using their name at the top of each section. This way you see from the victim’s and murderer’s points of view.

RIP NaNoWriMo 2012: It was a Learning Experience

In less than three hours EST, it will be Dec 1st and NaNoWriMo 2012 will be over. Congratulations for all those who met your goals as well as 50K. For those who didn’t reach 50K, at least you are further on your projects than you were November 1st.

There are several things that I have learned while working on NaNoWriMo this years.

1. Taking the high road is really hard, especially when you have short cuts all over. (All of my stories I worked on this year, were already started. It would have been easier if I just took my previous words and use them, but I didn’t.)
2. There are very few who can actually give me a guilt trip and have it work. (Sorry FB people/friends/fans are not any of them.) *
Guilt trips not caused by me, but something that you just cannot let go. I do not make choices for you, you make your own choices, land you need to live up to them.
3. There are two types of people in my world:
Group A: Those who take what I say, nod their head, and go on with their life. (It doesn’t matter if they use what I say or not, they simply move on.)
Group B: Those who twist and turn every word I say, not getting the original meaning and then use it for blame and drama. (Make your own decision and Get Over It!)*
4. Word Sprints/ Word Wars are the butter to my bread. (I believe some people work better with small twenty minute sprints at a time. I found myself most productive with two twenty-five minutes per hour. I wrote between 2 to 6 hours a day. I still had to clean the apartment and make dinner everyday. I also knew when my brain was starting to fry; fried brain means nothing gets finished.)
5. Do not try to compete with everyone else in the groups. (It will just discourage you, because some people who type faster, and some people who aren’t stuck on their story. You need to find a way to make the 50K your own goal: use smaller goals and rewards to get you there. In the end the only person who is doing the typing/writing is you.)
6. Make a larger goal into smaller goals (I usually have a daily goal, and a weekly goal. I also gave myself reward such as playing video games or treats for reaching these goals.)
7. Encourage those when you can. (Because when you need that pick me up, someone should be there to help you. There was a lot of encouraging in the groups and forums I was in.)
8. I push myself and increase each year. (2010: I was happy with 56k. 2011: I got 63k and this year 2012: I got 102k. Next year I want to start and finish an entire story in 30 days. I read somewhere that Stephen King said that every first draft should be within six weeks.)
9. It’s good to end something. (It makes room for new things to come. I have too many projects that I have started. I know I can finish something, so I need to finish everything else.)

* (#2, 3) The Other side of Drama

Okay as you can see that there are two things that are marked with asterisk. I want to explain what happened . . . I was on facebook in one of my many writing groups and I had noticed that someone was bragging about doing two separate projects (not linking them together) for NaNoWriMo. I know for sure that this was against the rules. (NaNoWriMo is about taking a piece or related writing pieces and writing 50,000 words on that one project in 30 days. It’s about the writing bottom line, I understand this, but they do have rules to keep it a true challenge.)

 So I privately messaged them because I was afraid that they could get into trouble. I’m not sure what NaNoWriMo does if you break the rules, but there has to be a reason why they have them. I imagine that they could take away the certificate and the extra sponsored goodies that come along with it. (I don’t know about everyone else, but if I busted my butt for 30 days, I certainly do not want my goodies or acknowledgment taken away.)

I never yelled at them, never used all cap. I never told them not to participate. I just didn’t want them to get in possible trouble for seeing them brag about breaking a rule.
Then they tried to say that I ruined NaNoWriMo for them. They tried to push the drama on facebook and in the groups. I explained to few people what happened; they understood what I was doing and told me that person was just being dramatic. I took the dramatic person off my notification list, but still kept them as friends. I thought it was over. (this was just before NaNoWriMo started.)

I honestly was trying to help someone not get into what I thought could be trouble. I thought it had stopped. It was a day after I had finished my NaNoWriMo and I got another message from this person. . . trying to push a guilt trip on me. I spammed the e-mail and blocked them. I don’t need someone, I was trying to help, giving me guilt trip. They could have still written the stories, they could have still worked on word count, but I just wouldn’t brag that they were breaking the rules. (I would have done if I was them was check the rules and consequences for breaking the rules. It wouldn’t have stopped me from writing.

I didn’t write this, because I feel guilty, but because I wanted my side of the story told. I just don’t want the other person making everyone think that is my fault for the decisions that they made. I am also worried that this person is putting me down, since I cannot see what they are saying about me in the group.
I am story teller and a writer, and I just want to have writing buddies that I can rely on. I understand this is one person, which is why I am dropping it after this blog.