Thursday, February 7, 2013

Influence from The Bard

I took several Shakespeare classes in college, and I am one of those extremely nerdy people who love Shakespeare. I mean, I don’t curl up with his collected works on a rainy day, but I do skim through his plays often enough. Especially when I’m working on a new manuscript.

The manuscript I’m working on now has influences from Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Romeo and Juliet. Which seems insane, I know.

I’m not mashing all the plots together or all of the love stories together. I swear, there is no suicide, asps, poisons, cross-dressing, nuns, star-crossed lovers, creepy old men, or jail scenes.

What I do have are four girls who are best friends. One who wants to be in charge and control everything ALL THE TIME.  One who is defined by her family name and people telling her what to do. One who believes in all that is just and right, is innocent, and will do anything for the people she loves. And one who is mischievous, fun, and gets into her share of trouble (somehow enticing the other girls to follow.)

There’s also blackmail, secrets, and quite a bit of falling for the wrong guy (who is oh, so right!)

Oh, and there’s kissing. Lots and lots of it.

What’s influenced your wip?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy Post-Super-Bowl-Sunday and Chillin' at Cassie Mae's

On the news this morning they said, "Happy post-Super Bowl Sunday!" and I was like... Is that really a thing? My husband says I don't appreciate the holiday-esque nature of the Super Bowl. Probably because I'm completely hopeless at sports (playing and watching). Anyone who has seen me play knows... it's no bueno.

Also... Check out Cassie Mae's blog for my guest post on unique roads to publication and how we all want to give up sometimes.