Meet The Author: Part 1 – Inception & Discovery
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I wrote this book by accident.
I was 22 years old and it all started as a dream…a very vivid dream… And now that I think about it, a very basic dream. I was being chased by someone in a dark alleyway, mid winter after I’d just left a party. A stranger came to my rescue, fought off my chasers, saved my life and I fell in love. The end.
But was that really the end? I woke up and grabbed my nightstand notebook and wrote it down.
(As a songwriter and dreamer blessed/cursed with the vision of foresight – I kept a notebook nearby to capture every melody and vivid memory). It came in very handy that night.
As I wrote down this “intense” dream, I realized, I had so many questions but no real answers.
- Why was I being chased?
- What did they want?
- Who was this knight in shining armor?
- What was his story?
- Where did he come from?
- Who’s party was I at?
- Why was I there?
- Who was I?
And most importantly after this man saved my life…
- What happened next?
I thought about this dream all day. Even while I was occupied with life itself, my mind would drift to that notebook. I needed to do something about that dream.
They say when the emotions you feel within a dream linger and stay with you, your inner spirit is telling you to pay close attention.
So I did. I paid very close attention. I went to my computer desk, sat down and opened up Microsoft Word. The cursor blinked there for about 30 seconds before I began writing. At first I just transferred my notes from the notebook – breaking them down into sections.
I knew then that I wanted to expand this dream into something more interesting, more dramatic and more creative. I felt like my dream would make a pretty cool movie. But the more I typed, the more I realized this dream needed to be told in the form of a story and not a script.
Understanding the structure of the books I read helped me to apply some of that same structure into developing my own story. I knew what time of year my story would take place – Mid-winter. I knew how I wanted to open the book – Dark alleyway (straight into mystery and darkness). I also knew where I wanted my main character to meet her hero – at a party. And finally, I understood what these characters needed… they needed a reason to live or die. That reason would be love.
I sat back thinking, “Damn, this is pretty good.” But I needed more. I needed to develop my characters.
Next: Meet The Author Part 2 – Creating the Characters