Well, without further ado – round two!
“Can you talk more about Diamond Black and the other books you mentioned in that post about playlists?”
In other words, you’re asking an author to talk about their books? Honey. Of course I can. Diamond Black is one I haven’t begun writing yet, but I’ve outlined and plotted it so I can start when I finish the round of novels I’m currently working on (Not to Be, Acceso, and The Meaning of Always). Diamond Black is about a young man with empathic abilities that a small government experimental group has tapped into. If he cares about someone, he automatically takes on their pain. Example: if he cared about you and you both got in a car wreck, you would walk away fine while he was taken to the hospital with double injuries. The story of Diamond Black is one about caring, unconditional love, and sacrifice. I’m very excited to start writing it officially, but I’m forcing myself to wait.
The Care and Keeping of Jupiter is the story of a girl in the future who orders a ProtoHuman online with no idea of what she’s getting in to. What do you do when the person you grow to love only lasts for 300 days? I love Jupiter’s character, because he’s so eager in every little detail. He loves the act of living and everything about it, even the pain, while Mercury is more of a cynical realist.
Fragile Things is the story of six college students in a therapy group, their various problems, relationships, and levels of faith. The different personalities are already so much fun, just to plot out – keeping myself from actually BEGINNING these novels is nearing Level: Physical Pain.
When the Moon Howls was an idea that originally began as a fun, werewolf-parody novel but quickly showed me that it had much more heart to offer. It follows Cris, a mama’s boy with fragile health and a kind heart with no backbone to back it up, after he’s bitten by a wolf during a photo shoot in the woods. He has to come to terms with his new self, and learn to stand up for others and himself. It’s about a sensitive but weak boy who becomes a brave, honorable man, and I fell head over heels in love with him AND the story. I’m trying to push down all my other current novel ideas because those four (+ NaNo) are definitely enugh for next year.
“How much did it cost to self-publish Monster?”
Not as much as I thought. Mom and Daid paid for it as my graduation present, and for the publishing process, it cost $150 – $125 for the ISBN from Bowker (I wanted to buy my own instead of using a CreateSpace ISBN because then you own everything free and clear) and then it was $25 to open the Expanded Distribution channel, making it available in bookstores like Barnes&Noble. There were a bunch of other packages you could buy, from several hundred dollars to several thousand, that included things like custom covers, interior design, a press release, etc. but those were way out of budget. The minimum price I was allowed to set for my novel was $14, so I made it $15.99 and I earn around three dollars every time a book sells.
“Will you ever write another parody?”
I’m still shocked at the amount of love my Lord of the Rings parody gets – and has gotten, over the years. I may do another one some day – The Hobbit, The Avengers, who knows.
“What book do you hope to publish next?”
Probably either Not to Be or Acceso. The Meaning of Always is carrying on a bit slower, though still steady. If you’re expecting them to be anything like Monster, though, you’re going to be either shocked or disappointed (or maybe both).
“Will you ever publish The Shadows Fall?”
*clears throat* I’m actually in the very slow process of rewriting it, and it’s completely turned on its head. The characters are the same – that’s about it. So yes, I hope to, but the original version that most people know is not the one that will make it to shelves.
“Have you watched the BBC show ‘Endeavor’?”
No; should I?
“Do you like waffles?”
I do, but I prefer French Toast.