Self Challenges for 2015

Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, as I’ve been a little busy writing fiction instead.

With the end of the year nearing, it’s time to make some plans for the approaching new year. I’ve decided to make a word switch from “goals” to “challenges” for 2015. Don’t ask. It makes sense to me, and is meant to light a fire under my butt. :)

My first self challenge is to write on a minimum of 267 days. The second is to write a minimum of 3,000 words on each of those days, which will result in a word count of 801,000 words for the year.

Self challenge #3 is to release 12 titles. That’s not as crazy as it may sound, because 6 of the projects I intend to complete already have from 4,400 to 40,000 words written. The other 6 will start from 0 words.

Due to the above challenges, I have a sub-challenge of launching 3 of my other series: Faecombe County, The Psionics, and Shadow Connor. My plan is to release at least 2 titles for each of them next year.

If you’re a Discord Jones fan, you’ll probably like the Faecombe County series. Especially if you’re a fan who doesn’t particularly care for on page sex scenes, because Faecombe County won’t have any of those.

However, I make no promises about the corniness level, because Faecombe County is a very Texan paranormal fantasy series. ;)

The other two series may not be to Discord fans’ tastes, as both will be somewhat darker and more adult in tone.

It’s entirely possible I’ll add a bonus challenge of writing the next Weren novel, since Deadlands Hunt is now seeing some action. So if you’re interested in that happening, let me know!

Those are my self challenges for 2015, and I’ll try to remember to post weekly or monthly updates on my progress towards winning them.

Thanks for reading! :)

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Sunday Sharing: Interview with Claire Chilton

Today, my guest is Claire Chilton, author of The Demon Diaries. Welcome, Claire! :)

We’ll start with a twofer question: When did you start reading, and how did it feed into your deciding to become a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read books. My grandfather was bookbinder, so I was surrounded by old books and presses when I was growing up. There’s a lot of literary history in my family, so books were a big part of my childhood. My mother taught me to read when I was two. However, I loved all the arts as a child. I wanted to grow up draw pictures for Walt Disney or to be a dancer or maybe a singer. I never considered writing until I was about sixteen. Then my interest became my passion, and I wrote my first short story. It was published when I was eighteen, and I haven’t looked back since really. I’ve been writing for about twenty years now. I think the stories were always there, waiting to be told, but it took me the first sixteen years of my life to decide how to tell them. I’m a big believer in the theory that stories are locked inside us until we put them out into the world.

What are your favorite genres and authors?

I love supernatural and fantasy worlds because anything is possible. I also love comedy because life is serious enough. Entertainment should be an escape from reality. If a story can take me into another world on an exciting adventure, then it wins my vote. There are so many authors I love for so many different reasons. I’m a big fan and Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Voltaire, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, James Herbert, Christopher Pike, Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde, George R Martin, JK Rowling, and Derek Landy … the list is endless. I love them all for the adventures, the comedy and the escapism into realms of fantasy.

Give us a few lines from a scene you’re particularly pleased with:

I really like the scene where Dora and Kieron first meet because their characters are so different. The dialogue between them always makes me smile.

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Demonic Dora
“Wha—” She didn’t finish as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. His hard body pressed against her, and his warm hands roamed up her back. She almost melted into his wicked kisses—almost.
Dora pushed him away. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Becoming your willing slave.” He winked at her and rested his hands on her hips.
Her heart did a little backflip. “Fine. Clean my room,” she replied.

Does music play a part in your creative process?

Yes, music plays a huge part in my writing process. I don’t always listen to it, but when I’m writing a highly emotional scene, I find that music will invoke the right emotion in me. In Hustle, I listened to Three Doors Down’s, Not My Time, to invoke Ellie’s emotions of being unprepared for the dangerous life she was embarking on. In Hacker, I was listening to Nickleback’s Animals when I was writing the sexy scenes. Music tells a story too, so I think that it is a great way to access the right emotion when you’re writing scenes.

Favorite writing fuel?

My writing fuel is coffee. It’s not very original, but I write my chapters first thing on a morning, so I use it to wake me up and get me started every morning.

What’s your favorite kind of character to write?

Kickass heroines are my favorite kind. I can’t write heroines who are helpless. I’ll write a variety of heroes, but my heroines always have a bit of kickass in them. I admire strong women, so I always write strong women.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Claire. Best of luck to you in the future.

Thank you for the wonderful interview. It’s been a real honor to be here.

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