Today I have an interview with Anna White, author of the recently released The Light and Fallen, a paranormal story about angels.
Writing the end! I love the feeling of accomplishment of taking an idea from scribble to outline all the way to a complete fleshed out work. I also love the surprises that pop out along the way. Sometimes I sit back and the end of the evening and think Wow, where did that come from?! It’s always fun when the characters take on a life of their own.
I love the whole physical experience of going to the bookstore and flipping through the pages of new books, but I’ve been converted to ebooks. I’ve always carried books with me everywhere, some three or four hundred pages, and it was really awkward, plus I got a lot of strange looks. Now I have an ipad and I can carry a whole library everywhere I go. It’s wonderful!
Routine implies that it actually happens, so I’ll just say I have a plan. The plan is to get my daughters into bed at seven, get my tea made and get in the chair by 7:15, and to write until 9:45. This doesn’t actually happen every day because I work full time and sometimes by 7:15 I feel like a brainless lump. I try to not beat myself up over missing days, and I try to catch up on the weekend. Usually when I should be doing laundry.
About two years of planning, which in hindsight was entirely too long. I was procrastinating because I was terrified to actually begin. Once I got started I finished the first draft in six weeks. It took another ten months of editing before I really felt like I was done.
I used the snowflake method to get started and it was very helpful to me. I did detailed character sketches of almost all of my characters and mapped out how their arcs would develop across the series. I also plotted out the major plot points of the whole series and then did a larger scene by scene outline of the first novel. There are some scientific elements that are woven into the story as well, and although I took a lot of freedoms I wanted to be as realistic as possible, so I did do research in that area. By the time I actually started writing I knew my characters so well that they felt real to me. They were like houseguests that refused to leave.
A side mention: I am donating 100% of the proceeds from this novel to The Water Project. My goal is to raise $5,000 to fund a well for a community in Africa.
About Anna White:
Anna is an author and counselor. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and two daughters, and can usually be found reading or writing something with a cup of tea nearby. She is currently at work on Divide the Darkness, the next book in the Chronicles of the Nephilim series.
Lucian isn’t sure what to expect when he steps over the banister separating Heaven from Earth. He opens his eyes in a new body, one with no wings, no knowledge of the future, and no special powers. All he remembers is his mission: to find a mysterious key. When he meets a human girl that he can’t ignore he is forced, for the first time in eternity, to choose between duty and the pull of his heart. The future hangs on his decision, but he’s fallen into a world where nothing is just what it seems.