NOTE: For some reason (I wrote this up on Word) every time I had a ‘smiley face’ it replaced it with a ‘J.’ So just know I’m smiling whenver you see a random ‘J’ sticking out somewhere.
So, I know some people who wish to know more about my (completed completed COMPLETED) baby (or book, whichever you prefer), The Shadows Fall. Therefore, I’m taking the NaNoWriMo questionnaire and using it here, modifying it a bit to give you a glimpse into Elmeria. I hope you enjoy it! Some of these answers you’ve seen before and some you haven’t. And if you have any questions of your own, feel free to ask.
What’s your word count? 96, 638 at the moment. I’m adding some scenes during editing.
2. How long until you finish? I AM finished =D
3. If you have finished, how long did it take you? Two years!
4. Do you have an outline? Yes, naturally. You kind of need one. I didn’t have much of an outline for the first version; but the rewrite is MUCH more outlined.
5. Do you have a plot? Yes; the plot sort of… spawned itself. It was fantastic to watch.
6. How many words do you typically write a day? 2,000 or maybe 5,000 when I’m really on a roll.
7. What was your greatest word count in one day? Oh, goodness! Probably 9,000. I was very impressed with myself. 😉
8. What was your least impressive word count in one day? “Five.” I was pretty blah that day.
9. What inspired you to write? The Lord of the Rings and The Door Within.
10. Does your novel have a theme song? Yes – the vocal one is “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne. The Musical ones are “The Truth of Legend” by Kevin MacLeod, “Undying Love” by TS2H and “The Shaping of the World” by Jason Hayes.
11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song. HAH… The whole group – “Shield of Faith” by Immediate Music. Sienna – Divenere by Einaudi and Bella’s Lullaby by Carter Burtwell. Eristor – Serenata (choir) by Immediate Music and The Reluctant Warrior by the same. Oscariath – Goliath by Immediate Music andPompeii by E. S. Posthumus. Caranthir – Legends by Jason Hayes. Sahäla – Dun Morogh by Jason Hayes. Eilam – The Prophet by X-ray Dog. Tylir – Heartbeat of a Man by X-ray Dog. Alden Cade – Fundamentum by Lesiem. Raéta – Shadowfax by A Thousand Teardrops. Amar – Here Comes the King by X-ray Dog. Zarug – Dark Side of Power by Immediate Music. The Twins –ElwynnForest by Jason Hayes. Salebeth – “Acts of Courage” by X-ray Dog. Sienna/Eristor – “My Confession” and “In Her Eyes” by Josh Groban. Triumph (good-over-evil) theme – “Generations” by Immediate Music.
12. Which character is most like you? Sienna is very much like me, but Eristor has a little bit of me in him, too. He struggles with a biting, sarcastic, quick-tempered nature, which are the things I have the most trouble with.
13. Which character would you most likely be friends with? Tylir J
14. Do you have any Gary-Stu’s or Mary Sue’s? Hmmm…. Well, at the moment, Sienna’s last name is Hunter. That’s a bit Mary Sue-ish. And Eristor… well, he doesn’t *sparkle*, but he’s awfully good-looking, with a tortured background. Sue me if that’s my favorite kind of character *grin*
15. Who is your favorite character in your novel? Oh, wow! Eristor =D And Sienna. And Zarug. And Opal. And Tylir. And Salebeth. And… well, everybody except Oscariath, Caranthir andSardis, pretty much. ^_^
16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected? Oh, millions of times. Pretty much everything they do is unexpected – they take off without bothering to inform me of their change-of-plan. I’m just their secretary. J
17. Have you based any of your novel directly on personal experiences? Heh heh heh… Sienna’s pretty much me (only in a much more interesting setting). So while the direct experiences often aren’t, her thoughts and feelings are.
18. Do you believe in plot bunnies? *gathp* Not believing in Plot Bunnies is atrocious! Outrageous! Unacceptable! Inconceivable! In fact, one of my friends’ sisters is knitting me one!
19. Is there magic in your novel? No. Powers, yes – Amar has powers (after all, he’s the allegorical God) and so do his ‘angels’. Oscariath has them to a lesser extent (allegorical Satan) and his Malakh (dark angels) have some, too. So there are different sorts of powers which are rather hard to explain, but no magic. Everything is from Amar – even Oscariath’s. Oscie (his demeaning nickname) just uses them badly. J
20. Are any holidays celebrated in your novel? Holidays? Well, the Turn of the Year is in the next one, and I may have to steal a friend’s idea and add Midwinter’s Eve because it sounds so beautiful. There is also, of course, Midsummer Day, and… each season pretty much has 1 or 2 holidays, if the characters aren’t too busy to celebrate them =)
21. Does anyone die? HA! You want me to tell you? Sorry. You’ll just have to read the book. *weeps*
22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience? Hundreds. Literally. Considering I’ve been writing since I was thirteen.
23. What is the latest have you stayed up writing? Oh, midnight-ish. Sometimes when I can’t sleep I write, but that’s not really ‘staying up’ writing, is it? Us Mad Writers need help, I can tell you that.
24. What is the best line? Best line? Well, my Mom likes Arie’s line, “You cannot fight darkness with steel. Only light can cause darkness to flee.” Me, I happen to like “Humans are all weak.” Ha. Snarky Eristor. ^_^
25. What is the worst line? I don’t *have* a worst line, HA!
26. Have you dreamed about your novel or its characters? *sighs* Not that I can recall. Which really isn’t fair, since I’d love to. I think it’s my characters paying me back for being so cruel to them. *reminds them that they DO get a happy ending – most of them*
27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory? Completely 100%. I’ve used the ‘usual’ allegorical themes but I also love to incorporate smaller, more subtle ones and themes like faith, which is really what the book is about.
28. Summarize your novel in under fifteen words. Siblings, friends, enemies, two worlds, good and evil, light and shadows, betrayal, heroes, villains, victory.
29. Do you love all your characters? Oscariath doesn’t deserve any, seeing as how he’s pretty much evil Incarnate. But another villain Caranthir, I have pity for… he wasn’t always like this. So I hate Oscariath but have a soft spot for Caranthir. =) I do NOT have a soft spot forSardis. Blech.
30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase your word count? Heh heh, no. But who says I can’t do sadistic and cruel things to them for other reasons such as heart-wrenching or tear-jerking? J
31. What was the last thing your main character ate? Mintberries. They made Treefist choke, but Sienna loved them. J
32. Describe your main character in three words. O_O That’s like telling me to describe myself in three words. I couldn’t do it. I’ll just say this – most of the girls who’ve read my book (at least the *terrible* last version) identified a lot with her. J
33. What would your antagonist dress up as for Halloween? She doesn’t do Halloween. However, if she were at a costume party, it’d probably be something really pretty, with a masquerade mask and a fancy ball gown. Because she’d LOVE to go to a masque.
34. Does anyone in your story go to a place of worship? Well, there’s theTemple ofDagon in Skubalon… but you wouldn’t want to go there unless you were evil. Like Oscariath and the Malakh. Worship of Amar takes place anywhere. J
35. How many romantic relationships take place in your novel? Not in this one – the two who DO eventually marry can’t stand each other. But eventually there are one… two… possibly three… maybe four couples?
36. Are there any explosions in your novel? Uh…. Explosive anger, yes. Explosions don’t show up until the big battle in the last book. J
37. Is there an apocalypse in your novel? No. Big battle, yes – but not apocalyptic. I mean there WOULD have been – in two worlds – without the main characters, but they save it.
38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world? Nope.
39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel? Creatures of Were, yes. Zombies? No. Vampires? Not strictly; Oscariath DOES have flying bat-like creatures that he uses as assassins sometimes, but they certainly don’t *sparkle*. I guess you could say I’ve got werewolves, but they’re not typical werewolves. They don’t turn back and forth – they’re more like talking, anthropomorphic animals. But they’re not all anthropomorphic.
40. Are there witches, wizards or mythological creatures/figures in your novel? Centaurs show up, and winged horse-creatures, and maybe a dragon or two (called tannin), and the creatures of were… but not strictly mythological. No Medusa or anything.
41. Is anyone reincarnated? I have ONE… but… I can’t really tell you about that. As for the other people, since Wayne Batson stole my idea (I still haven’t forgiven him for that yet) in the Door Within trilogy, probably not. *huff*
42. Is anyone physically ailed? Well they get that way sometimes, but as a general rule they aren’t. Except maybe Zarug, but he can’t help it. He’s genetically mutated thanks to Oscariath.
43. Is anyone mentally ill? Alden is pretty insane for the most part, though he has lucid moments.
44. Does anyone have swine flu? J Noooo.
45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they? Heh heh – Sienna gets a little white fuzzy ball of fluff (think a Tribble with feet, HUGE eyes, and a HUGE mouth). She loves it. It annoys Eristor to no end because it loves him, too. J Eristor has a special horse and I think Alec befriends a tannin.
46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel? The Malakh are like demons, and then there’s the angels (which I still haven’t figured a name out for yet). And there’s Amar and Oscariath – God and Satan, figuratively. It IS an allegory, you know.
47. How about political figures? Not really, no.
48. Is there incessant drinking? Incessant? No. Wine is consumed, but nobody important gets drunk. Not even the dwarves. Though Centaur bachelors would, if they could get their hands on ale. J
49. Are there board games? If so, which ones? There aren’t. The games are more like ‘Let’s see who can stay alive the longest’ and things like that.
50. Are there any dream sequences? Yes, though they’re more like visions.
51. Is there humor? Yes; I can’t have a book without humor! Everybody who’s read it has told me it cracked them up in parts. Even my mom. J
52. Is there tragedy? Oh, definitely! Betrayal, treachery, death. Mwahahahahah. But it wouldn’t be heart-wrenching without it, would it? A clue: No. So I pile it up. =)
53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum? Well, Sienna blows up at Eristor once or twice… he deserves it, of course, but still. And the twins… weeellll, you could say they take temper tantrums to another level.
54. How many characters end up single at the end of your novel? All of them, at the moment. J
55. Is anyone in your novel adopted? Tylir was ‘adopted’ by Eristor a while ago, but as he got older he became more of a best friend than a son.
56. Does anyone in your novel wear glasses? Nobody as of yet. J
57. Has your novel provided insight about your life? WHEW! Yes. But it’s too personal to explain. J
58. Your personality? To persevere, have faith, believe, not judge people for what they appear to be.
59. Has your novel inspired anyone? Some people have said so J Which is completely amazing.
60. How many people have asked to read your novel? Lots.
61. Have you drawn any of your characters? Yes! Eristor, Sienna, Sahäla…
62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you? Ooh, yes! Whitekelpie and Ithilwen have J
63. Does anyone vomit in your novel? What a lovely question. The answer is ‘no.’
64. Does anyone bleed in your novel? Quite.
65. Do any of your characters watch TV? Alec and Sienna USED to, before they ended up in Elmeria where there is no such thing as ‘electricity.’
66. What is your main character’s favorite food? Well, at the moment she’s liking Mintberries J
67. Do any of the characters in your novel use a computer? See the ‘TV’ question.
68. How would you react if your novel was erased entirely? I would scream and cry and be distressed for a month of Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and wouldn’t have the heart to try it again, until a year had passed and I couldn’t help but re-start. Of course this is highly unlikely, as it’s saved in a million places, plus on Vic, my USB drive, and in my email, and in a draft post on my blog, and… =)
69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters? Nobody has died in this one. Yet. They THINK somebody has, but… Mwahahahahahahaaa!
70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters? No; but I will when Oscariath is killed!!
71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer? Just WRITE. And meditate – not like when you’re reading the Bible. When you get in idea, let it spark another, which will spark another, and voila! A whole new plot!
72. Describe your ending in three words. Faith, cliffhanger, danger.
73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, etc.? Not really, no. J
74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least stressful, 10 being the most) how does your stress rank? Stress? Writing is stress-RELIEVING! Unless I’m in a very tense part! *fans face* Then it escalates a bit. But usually, I’m a 1. I love writing =)
75. Was it worth it? Worth it? WORTH IT? Oh, yes. It was definitely worth it. I look forward to the next adventure!