Saturday, April 30, 2011
Airel (A New Adventure)
I post most of the time on things going on in publishing and eBooks. But today I thought I would do a little self promotion. I just released my first YA novel Airel. If you want something different and would like to get in the mind of a high school girl this is the book for you. Now, this might scare some of you away as reading a book from the POV of a teen can be scary. Not to mention two guys wrote it, but that should hook you right there, how did we write this book?
I wrote the book in the first rough draft form and have worked with Chris on editing in the past and we just clicked in our writing styles. He is so talented and has a way of capturing a scene. He was on track to do the edit on this novel and I had a friend tell me we should team up on a book as we both complemented each other. And there you go...
He took the draft and went through it with full control and creative freedom. After he was done I got it back and did the same. We did this a few times and ofter we were happy it went into editing.
Our editor on this is a gal names Sara. She is one of the top editors in the country and I was glad to be even able to work with her. She tore this thing apart and we went back and forth three times in heavy editing. We cut and added, mixed things up and the end result is what you have in front of you.
Some questions people may have:
Why did you have the Kreios part to the book, the different time frames and voice change? I wanted to make the part with Kreios feel and sound different. I would listen to different music on this part and even changed my "Voice" to give it the feel of coming from someone different. These parts were all there in the draft and Chris and I did not write different parts but both worked on it all, the voice change was planned and I hope it gives you a feel of moving into a different mind. This is something we love about this book, the way it moves and changes as you read. You get to grow with the characters.
How did you capture the mind of a teen girl? This was not as hard as it sounds. I grew up and all my best friends were girls. I have always been able to understand or at least know what was going on in their heads. Chris is just a girl so he helped by being himself... lol No, I do read a ton of YA and that helps along with having a great editor who kept us on track. It was so much fun I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
This is the first novel I have Co-Written and I am super excited to be working with Chris on the rest of the series. Book two, Michael is on its way so have fun reading Airel and if you love it please leave a review on Amazon and B&N. Thanks
Link to Amazon