Hello everyone! A few years ago I took notice of this commenter on one of my group blogs. She commented daily and was so supportive. Turns out she is a fantastic author and very funny. I had the chance to sped time with todays guest blogger and can say without doubt that Danica Avet will one day rule the writing world! Watch out! So without further babbling here is todays guest:
Thanks for having me over, Sayde!
I like to avoid the same old song and dance. Mostly because I’m a terrible dancer. No, honestly. I played music in high school and college, but if you asked me to perform some simple dance…well, you’d soon learn that just because I was in band didn’t mean I have rhythm.
When it comes to writing (or reading), I like something fresh. Granted I read somewhere that there is no new theme in books. Considering the written word has been around since man figured out how to use their opposable thumbs, it makes sense. So how does a writer ever come up with something that will interest readers, editors, and/or agents?
1. Remake an old legend/myth. Instead of making your vampires drink blood, have them drink emotions (like Lucian did in Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose). My nymphs weren’t real nymphomaniacs. They could only have one lover. Ever. Forever and ever and ever. Yes, talk about choosing “Mr. Right”. My fairies didn’t drink dew and dance around whatever they’re supposed to dance around. My fairy (Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous) was an assassin who gathered power from the moon and ate like an offensive lineman. See? There are all sorts of ways you can take an old story, creature of myth, etc. and make it your own.
2. Turn a true historical event into something completely different. For instance, in Succubus-in-Waiting, the Great Fire of London (1666) didn’t come about because of a careless baker. No, it involved a rivalry between a nymph and a succubus where someone threw someone else’s bonnet into a stove and, well…burned down London. Fun!
3. For wit have your characters say all the things you wish you could say. In Ain’t No Bull, I channeled my less-than-polite self for my heroine’s inspiration. Izzy says all the things I wish I could say, but wouldn’t because my mom would slap my mouth (and she wouldn’t care how old I am). Characters are excellent ways to exorcise frustration and stress. Trust me. I haven’t felt this stress free since I started my first book.
Writing can be fun. It can also be irritating and frustrating and make you wonder why you thought it would be fun in the first place, but when all’s said and done…there’s nothing better. What do you like to see in a book?
Danica Avet lives and writes in the wilds of South Louisiana. Unmarried with no children, she’s the proud pet of two cats and a dog. With a BA in History, she decided there were enough fry cooks in the world and tried her hand at writing.
Author of the Veil series with Siren Publishing, Danica loves losing herself in the antics of her characters and blushes more often than not at the things they do. She likes to define her work as paranormal romance with a touch of Cajun spice, but most times her characters turn the notch up to “five-alarm fire”! She’s represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates, Ltd. and she adores hearing from her readers.
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