Okay guys, I need your advice on character names! The MC from my current work in progress is lacking a decent name. So far I’ve just been calling him ‘Ben’ but it’s not right. First I’ll tell you a little about him. He was born in Kenya to Kenyan parents but raised in New York, making him African-American. He’s 17-18 years old now, and the novel is set in present day so I need a name that fits for about 1993. Personality-wise he is brave, loyal, strong, protective and family-orientated but he has a short fuse and difficultry controlling his […]
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Today I’m taking part in the Now Starring…Blogfest hosted by Lindz at Rapturous Randomocity and Alexis at Kore Averna. The idea is to choose four to six of your main characters from your current work in progress, describe what they are like and pick actors and actresses to play them if it was adapted for the big screen. This was a quite difficult for me to adapt for the Wild Spirits trilogy as the majority of my characters are native South Africans. I realised the number of well-known African-American actors and actresses was sadly limited,which says it all about the […]
This weekend, Sari Webb is hosting a Share the Birthday Love Blogfest to celebrate turning 24 (congratulations Sari!). If you haven’t entered get on over there and do so because it’s really easy to take part and there are some fab prizes on offer including a choice of three awesome books and a WiP critique by Sari. You can choose whether to enter the blogfest or the competition or both, and I decided to do both. For the blogging part, the idea is to post about something you need help with on your writing that you think other bloggers can […]
Today I’m writing for Alison Stevens’ Super-Snooper Blogfest. I’m ashamed to say I wasn’t at all on the ball with this one and despite signing up weeks ago I only got around to writing my entry today. In fact I wrote it hastily in my lunch break at work, so I apologise in advance for the sloppy writing, but better late (and sloppy) than never, right? The main thing is I enjoyed writing it and I hope you will too. The brief for the blogfest was to describe a setting that tells the reader something about your character’s personality. I’ve […]
As you may know, I’m currently working on a trilogy of paranormal fantasy novels called the Wild Spirits trilogy. Because the first two books are set in Africa I’ve been spending a lot of time researching the swahili language, african wildlife, shamanism and african traditions, rituals, dress, food, work and leisure pursuits. I have finally finished plotting the first in the series, Roar of the Blood, so I now know what is supposed to be happening in each scene (although when I’m writing I like to go wherever the inspiration takes me, so I may deviate from it). I also […]
Lately whilst planning my first Wild Spirits novel, Roar in the Blood, I’ve4 had a number of different songs in my head that remind me of Africa, where the book is set. I’ve found that when I hear songs with an African tribal rythm it conjures up the atmosphere of my novel and inspires me to want to write. So it got me thinking of what the perfect soundtrack to my novel would be, and here’s what I came up with: So what about you? What would be the perfect soundtack to your current WiP?
This week I have a glorius holiday from work and I’m definately making the most of it. I actually plotted the YA paranormal fantasy that I’d been daydreaming about. Not only that, I did loads of research into African folklore, mythology and shamanism, fleshed out all of my characters a lot more and then I had a revelation. I realised that the story could not be told in one book and I decided to make it into a trilogy-the ‘Wild Spirits’ trilogy. I came up with working titles for each of the books: ‘Roar of the Blood’, ‘Roar of the […]