For Queen in Waiting, I am currently onto Captain James Vane’s POV into the story. He is a pirate and a ladies’ man with more than one vice that will be worked into the tale. He believes that Whitney is going to lead him to riches and that is what first attracts him to her…but attraction can always turn to something more since the only safe place for her is his cabin on the trip.
I am only one week away from going head first into edits for Deflowering Lily which means that soon enough I am going to be posting an excerpt of that story. I am really proud of the work that I was able to do but more than that I am excited to share the stories with people who are also interested in these kind of interracial novels. The kind of interracial novels that I write are ones that do not focus on race as the main reason for attraction or even the main issue of the story. I want to bring real people together who have issues that need to be solved and help them grow through and because of each other.
This time I am taking my time to craft Cap’ James Vane as a hero because he is someone that cannot trust people because of his occupation in life as a pirate. People to him are therefore either useable or disposable. He has to become someone who is able to live with the chance that the person he loves may leave him first.
I have switched over to Scrivener for all of my novel/novella writing needs. Instead of having my notes and manuscript in several documents all over my computer along with research and pictures saved I have everything right in front of me…which makes for smoother and more confident writing.
Or else in basic terms, this means I am going to attempt to write more than one novel at once. I am already in the first draft of Queen in Waiting but I think that Ms. Host will be off of the backburner, a story that is set in outer space (something that I never thought that I would be writing) since I have so many words that have already been written for it. Also December is still editing month for Deflowering Lily which means I will be sending it out to publishers soon…finally.
(Disclaimer: I was not hired to make this post, I just really super love Scrivener!)
I think that some of the most interesting characters of the Romeo and Juliet play are the ones that don’t have voices. It’s essentially a love story but people remember Romeo’s love for Rosaline but no one really remembers Paris.
Therefore, as I write Queen in Waiting, I have discovered a Paris character which would be the second leading man who stars in the same fantasy historical TV show that Whitney does. His name is Brad Piper and he is inspired by the above actor.
His character is kind and shy though he is older than her and is a kind of slow to love but when he gets there he has overwhelming passion. He is the kind of opposite of our dashing Captain James Vane who is slow to nothing but emotions are realized for him later. Right now, Whitney has not seen the Cap yet so I am giving her as much time as needed with Brad in order for him to be able to at least have some kind of foundation for the future.
The only thing is that with two lovers in one book there almost always needs to be a sequel. I’m not throwing in my team allegiance just yet.
- I am finding out how busy this month is going to be for me…and yet I scheduled the NaNoWriMo of Queen in Waiting that I will be starting later and finishing up in the middle of December (which is a month I have completely free for both writing and editing).
- I am so close to the ending of Deflowering Lily that I can almost taste it or rather I am in NaNoWriMo terms one day away from the ending. Right now I am just trying to write as quickly as I can to say goodbye to one pairing of characters (Ray and Liana) and then say hello to another pair of them (Whitney and James).
- How do you all say goodbye to characters after finishing up a story? I think that I have the hardest time with ending stories.
I love this video from a younger Tatyana Ali. I thought of her immediately when I was thinking of an actress who could inspire the role of the heroine in Queen in Waiting’s Whitney Ferguson.
I think that it is because the actress in the story has gotten so much press from staring in her own TV show but a lot of that press is negative seeing as the fans of the television show cannot image her as anything other than an African Queen. A founding European (I will be writing filling in the blanks of that European country and the legend) queen would be a stretch.
I got the inspiration from reading this post on about fandom and its complicated relationship to black women characters.
Especially since I watch the show Merlin and love the character as Gwen (even though so many people hate her) I wanted to have a heroine that channels those feelings of frustration as an actress who is in a popular TV show but doesn’t get any promotional work because she is an “unpopular” heroine lead.
Queen in Waiting is going to be my NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) challenge piece of 50,000 words.
I will be posting more information about the novel as we get closer to November and also I want everyone to know that I will be blogging very frequently throughout next month about the progress of the story.
All that I will say now about it is that it is a fusion of contemporary, historical and fantasy romance which is something that I have never done before (especially the historical bits).
Plus I wanted to at least give a sneek peek at the pictures that I have chosen as the inspiration for my main leads.