So, if you missed it on Friday, we finally had the cover reveal for THE ORCHID THRONE!
This is the first book in a new trilogy I'm doing with St. Martin's Press. Totally new world, totally new series. My editor there, Jennie Conway, called it:
the magical feminist fantasy romance I've always wanted
Which is now my new favorite tag line ever. You can read more (and preorder!) here. It comes out September 24, 2019.
Our topic at the SFF Seven this week is: Your most difficult character to have written and why.
This question stumped me. I even asked Assistant Carien what she thought, since she often listens to me whine about these things. She offered a few suggestions, that just didn't "sound" right to me. So, then I went and looked at my publication list.
Yes, I totally use my website to remind myself of my own books, what of it?
Looking over that list, a couple of books stood out. Ones that just didn't come out the way I envisioned when I started. Ones that I'd rewrite, if I could.
And one heroine, in particular, that I just never felt I really got into her head.
Ava, from SHOOTING STAR.
The book is a contemporary romance, so I haven't talked about it much here at the SFF Seven. But, people, I rewrote this book SO MANY TIMES. And though the heroine, Ava, was clear to me from the start - in fact, she was one of those characters who plagued me to write her story - I never felt I really got a handle on her. I don't know if I could say why. It could be because she was inspired by a real life person (or, rather, a blend of several) and therefore I couldn't find my way into her head in the same way.
It could be because Ava is simply a very complex person, with many layers and secrets, and she's become adept over time at keeping everyone out. Even me.
I could be I'd have to write more of her to really crack that nut.