All sorts of things really. Sometimes music, or movies or other books even. It all depends on whatever mood I’m in, I think.
I’m definitely a panster. I usually know where I want the story to go as far as how it ends, but I don’t always know how I’ll get there.
Trusting my inner writing voice, I think. Particularly in the beginning I was asking everyone what they thought and trying to incorporate their opinions into that first chapter and it just made me miserable. Obviously you can’t really please everyone, but it took me a while to figure that out.
I’ve always been a fantasy reader, so I suppose I’ve always been open to the idea of writing weird things. LOL. As far as coming up with things, I mostly drew on a lot of the faery lore I already knew and just made up the rest of it (or tweaked it as I needed).
I have to say that I LOVED Phin, the pervy unicorn, but all the characters were great!
Heh – Phin definitely seems to be the one who gets the most attention! In some ways he’s the easiest to write, simply because he can get away with saying and doing things the hero/heroine can’t. He’s allowed to be obnoxious and gross and he can say what he wants. It’s rather freeing for me to be able to let a character do that without worrying if people will find it offputting. He’s supposed to be. Abby is fairly easy for me to write as well, since in many ways she is very much like me – I just have to watch out that she’s not too dependent on others, I think.
Brystion is still the hardest character for me to write. Half the time I don’t know his motivation until I get to that point and I’m writing it down. Some of it I still don’t know.
Sure – basically I have the world of the OtherFolk that sometimes intersects with ours – and that would encompass the Fae, the daemons, the angels and a whole bunch of creatures in between. However, they can only cross over into our world at certain times of day and once they’re here there are limits to their movements and what they can do…unless they have a TouchStone. TouchStones are mortals who enter a (normally) written Contract with an OtherFolk being. Having a TouchStone allows the being to move back and forth between worlds without the normal limitations and they can stay longer in the human world. Usually the Contract stipulates some sort of reward to the mortal for doing so, but that will vary from Contract to Contract.
In A Brush of Darkness, Abby fulfills this need for Moira, the Faery Protectorate. As Moira’s TouchStone, she allows Moira to do her business between worlds as she needs to and in return she’ll get a wish after seven years of service. She also will not age as long as she stays inside the boundaries of Portsmyth.
Do you have a favorite author or book your always recommending to people?
Probably too many to name, but I love Jacqueline Carey.
I LOVE Jacqueline Carey! She’s my all time favorite author. ALL TIME!
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you pick?
All your bacon are belong to us.
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