Hello! My name is Joleene Naylor and I’m the author of the paranormal Amaranthine series. I call it paranormal, but there aren’t any shifters, or werewolves, or dragons, just plain old vampires fighting, killing, and drinking blood and, in the middle of it all, is the human Katelina, trying to reconcile her love for her vampire hero with the darkness of his deeds.
Actually, I’ve just released book six, Children of Shadows, and there’s not a lot of reconciliation going on anymore. I think her morals are getting loose. They aren’t the only thing. My grasp of what’s going to happen from one book to the other is also pretty loose. Yes, I am what is commonly known as a pantster aka someone who “writes by the seat of their pants”.
There are a lot of good things that go with this. I’m usually as surprised and delighted by revelations as my readers are. But there are down sides too. It often means a LOT of rewriting. For instance, in Children of Shadows, my newest release, Sushel’s “evil plot” changed no less than five times. Which meant that each time I changed it I had to skip back to chapter twelve and rewrite the conversation that Katelina overhead. Oh, and her and Jorick’s reaction. And then I had to rewrite the part where she told Ume about it. And about five hundred random/stray thoughts involving it. And each time it changed, the outcome of it changed, so I had to rewrite those scenes, too. And the scenes where Jorick and Verchiel figured out what was really going on with it.
There was a lot of rewriting.
Not only is rewriting painful, it means I have to go through the book over and over and over and… I read them, tweaking and changing a little each time, until I am so sick of the book I’d like to throw it in a fireplace and dance while it burns. (Okay, not really. Books are expensive and laptops even more so.)
The worst rewriting/new idea scenario was actually for book three. The vampire that is stalking Katelina and Jorick through the entire book was a last minute idea. (I know, without that there’s not much plot, is there? That’s why I thought of it.) Which meant adding a lot of scenes, deleting existing scenes to fit those in, and rewriting what was left. Because I did that at the last minute, the final version of Ties of Blood didn’t get reread the usual thirty times, but only a handful. Maybe that’s why it’s still one of my favorites?
Despite my whining, I can’t imagine writing any other way. Long live the pantster!
Thanks again to Misty for hosting me, and before you go please check out the giveaway for a chance to win!
Joleene Naylor is the author of Amaranthine, a paranormal series where vampires live in the shadows and don’t sparkle. In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. You can find information on all of her pursuits at her website http://JoleeneNaylor.com . She also maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo and a couch coated in cat fur.
The Children of Shadows, a vampire cult not seen for hundreds of years, resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds. Led by a familiar face, the cult wreaks havoc while Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich. Ume, a mysterious vampiress, claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization. But can they trust her?
As mysteries are solved, new ones appear. Why have the Children of Shadows returned, and is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look-alike?
Legends rise and secrets are revealed in a world where vampires walk, drenched in blood and shadows.