I'm very happy to be a part of the Descended by Blood blog tour. I recently reviewed the book here if you haven't gotten a chance to take a look at that yet. I thought it was a wonderful read and I am happily looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I've asked Descended by Blood author Angeline Kace to come and talk with us today about her writing process, where she gets her ideas, and her love of books, of course. I asked her some questions below and I absolutely loved her answers, and after reading them feel like I know her quite a bit better.
What is your writing process like? Outlines? Music? Time of day? Where do you write?
Descended by Blood was the first book I've written, so I am kind of still figuring out what works best for me. I started this book with an outline, all the major plot points were figured out and I knew of some other things that needed to happen to drive the story forward, but I didn't have a scene by scene outline. I am thinking I will for sure have that for book 2. I like to have an idea of what a scene is about and what needs to be completed by the end of the scene, so that I can let the characters go and get it done. I have very limited time for writing because I go to school and work, so getting stuck--not knowing what needs to happen next to get to the point that I know I need to get to--sucks. I've thought many times while writing this book that had I just spent the extra time in the beginning to do that extra outlining, things would have gone much faster and smoother.
I've come to the realization that music doesn't work for me when I'm writing. I started out listening to music when I would sit down and write because it seems like that's what all writers do. But I would sit down to write, and the music would distract me. At first, I thought it was because I wasn't listening to the "right" music, so I'd switch it up, but it never helped. It wasn't until I turned it off that the characters would start speaking in my head. Each of my characters has a distinct voice, and I actually hear them inside my head. I have to admit that Mirko has probably been the most fun to have in my head. Sometimes, he says things, and I'll speak out loud, "Oh, Mirko! You're killing me!" or "Hahaha! Mirko, you're so effing funny." He's cocky and snarky and thinks the world of himself, but he's still so unpredictable to me about what he's going to say next. So, no music to kill that.
Another thing that I have learned is that my muse is a night owl. I can get up early on a Saturday morning, sit my butt in the chair, and say, "Okay. I'm gonna write." But most of the time, not all the time, but it seems to be making its way to the norm, I mess around on Twitter, or Facebook, or think about this one thing I was going to look into, or that thing. And I'll spend hours doing "stuff." Then, 5 o'clock will roll around, and it's as if my muse has risen from the grave, and she's ready to roll. I'll write and write until two or three in the morning. I don't know why I can't just start writing at 9 a.m. like I set out to do and go to bed at a decent hour. But I am at the mercy of the muse, so she shall have her way, I suppose.
Where did you get the ideas for your characters and setting?
I knew I wanted to write the story from first person point of view and from a girl's perspective. Then, I knew I wanted her to have a best friend, but then I also needed to have a boy interest in there, too. I'm a sucker for romance, what can I say? The characters' personalities just started to come out once I started writing. I had some traits in mind of what I wanted them to have, and they ran with them.
The setting came to me because I had lived in Buena Vista, Virginia for 4 months. And it was during the fall. I love the fall, but then to see it from the Eastern United States' idea of what fall should be, I knew I wanted to live there forever, even if just in my imagination. So, that's where Brooke and her friends got dumped. But finding a place for the vampires to originate from was a bit trickier. All the cool places were already taken: Russia, Romania, Italy. I would have ideally liked to have used Italy because that was always number one on "My Places to Visit" list. But like I said, taken, so that couldn't work. I had to get creative, so I Googled a map of the world (I know, it doesn't sound as cool as "I pulled out a map") and started with Italy and looked for a cool country near it.
I had a communications class once where we would have to give 5 minute speeches on the most random things. Well, one kid in the class was from Croatia, and did his talk on the country. I don't remember much of what he had to say about it, but I remember it piqued my interest. When I saw Croatia on the map, it felt like THE place. I started researching more about Croatia and more about vampires, and you know what I found out? The first written record of a vampire sighting just so happens to take place in Croatia. So, to me, that says Croatia had vampires first. And I loved it.
Did you go to college? What did you major in?
I'm actually still in school. I'm working on getting my Bachelors in Accounting.
At what age did you figure out you wanted to be a writer? Is there anything else you want to do besides write?
I wanted to be a lot of things when I was growing up; an ice cream truck driver (yes, this is the first career I ever said I wanted), a teacher, a vet, an actress, ect. I'm not sure if I ever dreamed of being a writer, though. Which is strange because I always felt that I'd write a book. I never really knew what it'd be about, but figured it might be about my life or something. I wrote poetry in junior high, but never really did much writing outside of English classes. To be honest, I never even really read much when I was younger. I used to be a big fan of books about animals and those Goosebumps books, but after elementary school, I never read more than the minimum to get by on book reports. That all changed after I read Twilight, but that's a different interview all together. But after I read that series, I was an addict for reading and found out that I could get the same buzz from writing as I could from reading, so I tried it.
Now that I'm here, I can't imagine my life without writing, or scenes being played out in my head, or characters speaking to me. It's as if a beast had been within me all my life, and now that I let it step out of its cage, there would be no going back in for that bad boy. And a cool thing I found out not too long ago was that my dad's mom (I don't know his side of the family, so that's why this is all news to me) and two of his sisters are writers. I know that one of them even published a book. That pretty much confirmed what I had been thinking: writing's in my blood.
Which classics are your favorites, if any? Why?
I really haven't read many classics because I never read for pleasure, and when I started to, I chose to read books with vampires, and werewolves, and all things paranormal. So, the only classics are ones that I read in school, and the only one that I really liked was Wuthering Heights. I can't really remember what about the book that made me like it. I think it had to do with the struggles Catherine faced with choosing between Heathcliff and Edgar. See? I'm a sucker for romance, no matter how tortured it is.
What was difficult about writing Descended by Blood? Easy? Can you talk about your next project?
The hard parts of writing where always the parts where I didn't know what needed to happen. I knew where I needed to go, but wasn't really sure how to get there. The most difficult part about the whole process was the editing. It's such a huge task, and being my first book, it was hard to find the confidence to trust myself--that I would know what parts to change and what to change them to.
The easiest parts of writing the book were the parts when Brooke is talking with another character. For the most part, the characters just tell me what their saying.
I'm working on book 2 next, but after this series, I do have another paranormal romance in mind. It will also be a young adult series, but the paranormal aspect is a bit different, so I can't say much about it.
Thank you so much for hosting me, Kara. I've always admired what you do for the book world, and I really appreciate your hosting me.
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And now on to the giveaway!!
My prize pack is the SKIN prize pack, which includes-
~ A Kindle or Nook skin
~ SIGNED bookmark
~ A nail polish matching the cover + has a cute crown on top! (Do your nails then read the book!)
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The rest of the blog tour will continue through the end of September. If you don't win here, feel free to enter any of the contests on any of the other blogs! But remember, you can only win one of each prize pack. The other hosting blogs are as follows:
Friday, August 26, 2011 ~ A Life Bound by Books, Character interview with Paperback *
Saturday, August 27, 2011 ~ Hesperia Loves Books, Interview with Skin
Monday, August 29, 2011 ~ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, Shorty Story with Paperback
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 ~ Great Imaginations, Guest post with Skin
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 ~ Confessions of a Bookaholic, Fun post with Paperback *
Thursday, September 01, 2011 ~ A Cupcake and a Latte, Guest post with Skin
Friday, September 02, 2011 ~ The Bookish Brunette, Guest post with Paperback
Saturday, September 03, 2011 ~ Fiktshun, Interview with Skin
Monday, September 05, 2011 ~ Book Passion for Life, Interview, Paperback-US & ebook-Int
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 ~ Two Chicks on Books, Guest post with Skin
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 ~ I'm a Bookshark, "This or That" with Paperback
Thursday, September 08, 2011 ~ Seeingnight Reviews, Character Interview with Skin
Friday, September 09, 2011 ~ My Cute Bookshelf, Interview with Paperback
Saturday, September 10, 2011 ~ Letters Inside Out, Interview with Skin
Monday, September 12, 2011 ~ The Unread Reader, "When I'm Not Writing" with Paperback
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 ~ Two Readers Reviews, Guest post with Skin
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 ~ Magnet 4 Books, Guest post with Paperback
Thursday, September 15, 2011 ~ Mundie Moms, Interview with Skin *
Friday, September 16, 2011 ~ The Book Faery, Guest post with Paperback
Saturday, September 17, 2011 ~ Books with Bite, Guest post with Skin
Monday, September 19, 2011 ~ Me, Myshelf, and I, Guest post with Paperback
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, The Cait Flies, Guest post, Skin
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 ~ Tynga Reviews, "Book's Cover Creation" with Paperback *
Thursday, September 22, 2011 ~ Electrifying Reviews, Guest post with Skin
Friday, September 23, 2011 ~ La Femme Readers, "Vamps from Croatia" with Paperback *
Saturday, September 24, 2011 ~ The Book Swarm, Guest post, Skin *
Monday, September 26, 2011 ~ Absconditas, Fun Character post with Paperback
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 ~ The Bookworms, Guest Post with Skin *
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 ~ Bewitched Bookworms, Skin *
Thursday, September 29, 2011 ~ Flippin' Fabulous, Guest post with Skin