How do you choose a name for a character in a novel? It might sound like a trivial decision, but it really isn’t at all.
Each name usually shouldn’t be similar to another character in that book (or to a well-known character in another book), and it often can’t be too long (and confusing). At the same time, a book can’t have too many characters who all have short names, either. With all these restrictions and limitations, where can you go hunting for a list of names? Check out the video to find out!
What was my inspiration to write “The Senthien”, and when did it happen? Watch this video and find out!
—Spoiler alert– If you didn’t read “The Senthien” don’t watch this video, please. There are mysteries for my readers they need to find out on their own when reading the book. It would be a shame if you saw the answer to one of them before you even start with your Senthien adventure.
I’ve received a few emails from you guys asking “When will the book be ready?”
Soon, I promise! Honestly!
But here’s a quick look at the whole process to show you why Swift Escape isn’t out yet. It’s a bad excuse, I know, but at least it offers some explanation 🙂
Here it goes. (Feel free to skip lines 1–40 😉 I won’t mind.) Continue reading “Why do (my) books take so long to write?”
Today was one of those days when everything felt depressing.
At this point, I’ve completed half of the book. To understand why this depressed me, here’s a bit of background for you. Continue reading ““Is the juice worth the squeeze?””
I wrote “Dante’s 9” end of 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I was shocked and devastated. I can’t imagine being one of those parents. Getting a call, hearing that there was a mass shooting in the school, finding out that your child was among the twenty that this man killed.
How should one continue living after that?
The worst thing is that one does. One continues living, knowing that their child is dead, and they will never ever be able see her or him again. No parent should have to experience that.
I was so shocked, so sad, so angry when the news broke. And I wrote this story in the grip of my anger and sadness. When I was finished, I read through the story again, but then realized that what those parents needed, what they wanted (what I would need if I was in their place) was simply their child back. I wouldn’t care about the soul of the perpetrator or what happens to him in Hell. I would just want my child back.
There is no eye-for-an-eye in such a devastating event. This is simply bottom-of-the-ocean deep, burning, everlasting sorrow that no one can ever erase.
I know this doesn’t even scratch the surface of it, but this story is dedicated to the parents of Sandy Hook massacre and all other parents who lost their child due to the terrible tragedy.
A good book is when I can’t wait for my next available free time to sit and read the next few pages. When I read the page on the left and my eyes keep jumping to the page on the right, desperate to find out what will happen. A book that I often rewind: I go back to read a paragraph again and again, because I really liked it. A story where I identify with a character: someone who is good, brave, but still has some minor faults I can relate to.
Think of yourself coming into a painter’s studio. The wooden floor is splashed with colors. Lots of light streams in from the windows on the south side. Some windows are open and you can hear the murmur from the market below. And the room is full of paintings. Large paintings, small paintings, bright paintings, dark paintings, but – most of them are not yet finished. The painter creates his paining in a flash of inspiration. One morning he is inspired to work on landscapes. The morning after, he wants to paint still life, but his landscapes are not finished yet. They are waiting for the next flash of inspiration.
I write like that. Continue reading “Commercial thinking vs inspirational drive”
It’s Tuesday evening, past 11, and my friend and I are still discussing the topic I brought up. She looks at me over a half full glass of Bellini and says, “You could still copy EL James… Take each third word, no one will point fingers at you for copycatting and it would still be a good sex scene.”
We are, of course, talking about writing sex scenes in my books. Continue reading “Let’s talk about sex”
But that doesn’t mean it will shine tomorrow on Amazon’s bestseller list. 🙂
There’s a long road still ahead.
At this stage my book is written and self-edited, but what I now need is a second pair of eyes (or several of them). So before I give the book to an editor, I need to get input from beta-readers.
Who are beta-readers? Continue reading “The reader-pack: Alphas, Betas and Omegas?”