Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The end of Nanowrimo 2012

When I started this novel, I can truly say I had no idea what I would be writing.  I knew the main character.  I thought I knew all the side characters.  I did not.  I thought it would be a roller coaster of crazy schemes with Ashley Kelly. 

None of that.  I think Ashley was pretty tame...I mean, compared to how I really wanted her to be.  Trust me, she gets into some mess (four people knocked out, two killed) but really, she could have done so much damage.  And as her motto goes, "People always want to f*#@ with me!"  It's only right she defend herself.

The story I ended up writing as not the one I had in my head.  Like I said before, the characters tell me their story as I write it.  I rather like this process.  It makes for good twists I can't even plan.  they just happen.  This one had many!

I could go on and on and relive this yet titled story. I love and hate it. Doing it for Nanowrimo, I always feel rushed, BUT that's when the story just tells itself.  I had no problems writing the second my first nano year, and the third and fourth last year.  This one there were problems only because I as being pulled in all directions.  So many other things going on in my life.  There were days I did not write anything at all, and that's a first.

I love this one because everything seemed fresh.  The sisters were not in this one much, it was strictly Ashley so I could really focus on developing her.  And Victor....what can I say about Victor.  He's almost worthy of his own book, but he had his time in the fourth one.

Two more books in the series to go!  Both are interesting, Kryssy the fashion designer and Tenille the superstar Diva.  Kryssy's will be next and a prequel again.  And because she is twins with Kitty and I flippin love her, it will actually follow both of them.  Tenille's will be the last of the series and tie up loose ends (err, most lose ends). 

And then that will be it.  But not really...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ashley Kelly Don't Play!

Nanowrimo 2012 began yesterday and so I write!

Of course you know I have continued writing in the Six Sexy Sisters series.  This is book 5 of 7.  A quick run down in case you missed what this series is all about.

The Kelly sisters are very crazy, fun, exciting, smart, independent and super sexy women.  They also are deadly weapons.  The series starts with Kitrina (Kitty) Kelly who meets superstar rapper Icee.  From there they are all pushed into fame somehow.  We are first introduced to Ashley Kelly as the second oldest sister. She may be the prettiest of all the sisters, well, according to her.

She owns her own beauty salon but along with the rest of her sisters, she starts to model for Kitty and her twin Krystle's clothing line KStyle Fashions.  After Kitty gets pregnant and has a baby, Ashley takes over as spokesmodel.  In the second of the series, we dig more into the life of Ashley.  She has a daughter and she is involved with TWO men.  Both are madly in love with her and refuse to give her up.  She doesn't know who she is in love with and can't let them go.

Ashley has breast cancer and battles it in this second book, ultimately losing the battle at the end.

So how can she be in the fifth book? Easy, it's a prequel!

This fifth installment starts when Ashley is 19.  Some important questions are answered here.  One, why did she move to St. Louis for a few years. Two, how did she end up falling for two guys.  Three, why can't she ever have an orgasm.

Hell, I did not even know some of these questions when I first wrote her storyline in the second book.  I tend to let the characters tell me their story as I write and I have no idea what is going on with them.  It has worked well with these highly complex stories of these six women.  Of course, momma Kelly is there to guide her girls and Victor St. James is the tough love big brother to them all.  Sarena Kelly and Victor are married and have their first daughter.   

Knowing that Ashley will die at the age of 29, I want her to live her life to the fullest!  She did not have any regrets when she knew her life was over because she enjoyed the life she had.  So you know this book will be a blast to write because this girl is LIVING!!  Oh the crazy things she will do...and I have no idea yet, lol!

The story will cover probably 2-3 years as most of the books in the series has done. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Still alive, breathing...barely writing

Like many, I am pulled in so many different directions.

I am a single mom.

I work a 8-5 job

I own my own home (which you know is like a job)

I teach fitness classes and also sometimes work as a personal trainer.

I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., committed for life, and VERY active with it.

I work out (or try) six days a week!

I like to read books

I like to WRITE books when I am not doing any of the above. 

Not too often lately.  I have been editing several of them like crazy.  But what is the use if they have never been seen by anyone other than me and a few select family members.  Ay-yi-yi!!

I'll be real honest about it...though I think my stories are great, I am real sensitive about my work.  It's not any literary greatness.  I'm no Toni Morrison.  My style is not like Terry McMillan, or even my favorite African AMerican author Eric Jerome Dickey.  Now if I could write like him, I'm GOLDEN!

Any writing with true ambitions wants to be published, and so do I.  I think I want the easy route.  The fairy tale route.  I need to put in the hard woork and not wait for a magic wave of a wand and my novels are on the bookshelf.  So in the next few weeks look for something to pop off with my writing.

Just saying.  I gotta do what I gotta do.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Naming Chapters

How does everyone feel about naming their chapters?

I actually LOVE doing it, but I know it’s not meant for every novel, and so I don’t.  To me, it’s like giving the novel a bunch of mini stories.  With each chapter having a beginning, middle and end, but all connecting to the main novel. My chapter names are typically revolving around what is going on in that chapter only….or sometimes, just a common theme within the novel.  Or, in the case of “Everything About You” it’s a display of all the songs in the novel because one of the main characters is a hip hop artist.  The music needs to be felt while reading the novel.

In my very first novel I wrote, chapters were divided by main characters, and each title of the chapter reflected their personality.  I have not used chapter titles for my other works in progress, but I do love it!  I want to do it for all the SSS series.  I mean, if I did it for the first one, I should do it for all.  The Nola Kelly one def would benefit from chapter titles.  Even “Six Sexy Sisters” would be better since there are six main characters…and at times their significant others’ POV.  The only way I have divided chapters now is with the person POV it is. 

So since I will be back in editing mode soon, I will get back to “Everything About You” and get it done!! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sisters, they are so fun!

Now that Nanowrimo put me on a writing spree, I am back in blogging mode.  I will try and do it more often, discuss some of the projects I am working on.

Well, first up, finishing “Now That We Found Love.”  After that, I am for real, for real going to go back and edit and make ready the first one in the Six Sexy Sisters.  I still have issues with that one because I wrote it for fun, not for someone to read!! 

Also, I decided the order of the series, makes a lot of sense to me to the development of the story.  First there’s Kitty and Icee, "Everything About You," the story that introduces the sisters, though they are not major characters at all.  My take is, a reader will read this and want more of the sisters.  You get that feel some time around the end.  Like, why are they badasses?  What other dirt have they done? 

Then there is “Six Sexy Sisters” because in this one, you get to finally learn more about each sister as they develop even more and each face some drama.  This was supposed to be it.  I had to do a sequel to “Everything About You” because a stalker was out there for them, and I had to conclude that.

Somewhere in “SSS” it hit me, they all need their own story!  I think Nola Kelly  and Tone started that feeling for me because, even though they were in a solid relationship, it was starting to weaken.  I wanted to develop their relationship more.  Then having the long lost brother CJ around their age was a bonus!

But I wasn’t sure about the other sisters.  I mean, Ashley dies on “SSS” so what do you do?  Make a prequel!  So for that, I decided Sarena Kelly and Victor ST. James love story was interesting enough.  It is!    This also shows how the sisters and Victor’s relationship began.  It also develops Sarena into the deadly weapon she becomes.   This novel is PIVOTAL to the series, but being the fourth installment works because the reader can say , “Oh, I get it now!”

I mean, you can read them in order, but to me, it’s not the same effect.

But then, I wanted to do Tenille’s next, which would come after Nola’s, but I decided if it’s all back and forth, that’s chaotic.  So here’s what is next:
Ashley Kelly-(prequel)Her journey wilding out the two years she spends in St. Louis, MO before she gets pregnant.
Krystle & Kitty Kelly-(prequel)Yes, Kitty gets another story!  I felt like because they are twins, and nearly connected at the hip around the time this one will be written, it worked.  I will try and focus mainly on Krys, but this one may be the most “gangsta” because the twins are hardcore.  Also, this one will be pivotal because they will lose their mother in this one.
Tenille Kelly-It is better to end with her as a wrap-up of what is going on in the others’ lives.  It is going to be glammed out because Tenille will be on her second album and the others will have seen major success as well.  Excited to end with this novel!

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But as I stated yesterday, the Kelly sisters will live on!  Well, not ever as main characters again, with the exception of Nola Kelly.  This will be more like a thriller/suspense novel series.  I’m thinking like the Alex Cross series.  But if you watch Criminal Minds on TV, that is more of what she will do, profile serial killers. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nanowrimo 2011 Day 30: Winner!

Done!

Finished at 122Kwords.  One complete novel, and one 80% complete one.  I will finish it this weekend under no pressure.

And umm...even though I have FOUR more to write in the Six Sexy Sisters series, I came up with a great idea for another series.  A spinoff really.  They will be totally different from SSS, but also keeps readers in their lives.  It also will give me a chance to develop and write in a genre I LOVE to read, but can't seem to write.

No, not giving out more details.  All I can say is, I have LOTS, LOTS, LOTS or research. Like for real, I want to be well versed on the technicalities and there are lots.  I will be doing that by reading more in this genre and just researching the field of expertise my main character will be in.

Oh, you know it's one if the Kelly sisters, I couldn't help that.  She quickly became my fave....thought it was Kitty when I first wrote her, thought it was Sarena because she's well, scary, but nope.

Take a wild guess.

Duh!

NOLA KELLY the great FBI Agent!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nanowrimo 2011 Day 29: Payback is a B....

I probably won’t finish this second novel by tomorrow for Nanowrimo…and that’s okay, because “winning” Nanowrimo is to write 50K and I did that 2 times over!!

I will finish “Now That We Found Love” on my own, writing when I have FREE time, not frantically and all crazy hours of the night.  Thank God!!

Now, payback…who doesn’t want that?  Well, I reread over “Six Sexy Sisters” last night and was fascinated that, when Sarena confronted Victor about her affair with T-Zack, the first thing he stated was “Is this payback for what I did when we were kids?”

Yep!  Well, she said no, but she said she was still hurt by it.  They were not married yet, and supposedly she forgave him for that.  But really?  When I initially wrote Sarena having an affair, it was not for payback sake. She was bored in her marriage and being neglected by Victor who was more concerned with the safety of the rest of Kelly sisters.

But now after writing about Victor’s affair(s), hell yeah, let’s call it payback is a b!*$%!