Come and meet S E Gilchrist and find out about her futuristic worlds and the characters who inhabit them.
Welcome...to my world SE! Tell all...
What comes first for you when you sit down to write a book? Plot or Characters?
Actually it usually is a scene or an event. For example in Legend Beyond the Stars, the story came from a scene where a girl runs into a tavern and falls head first into the lap of an alien male. From that I asked myself who is this girl and why is she running and from what....and presto, I had the story and the characters and from that the series was born. In Bound by Love the initialising scene was a fae girl attempting to trick a mortal boy into helping her find her mother and they are interrupted by a demon warrior.
Do you begin with an outline or synopsis or do you just go with the flow?
Once I have the catalyst situation / event and what has led up to that point, I will write at least two chapters, sometimes more before I then sit down and plot the major points of the story. Doing indepth character interviews and writing their backstory often leads me to an unexpected plot point or twist which I add. Sometimes this ends up diverting me from the initial direction I had intended the story to follow. With my short stories and novellas I only have a rough outline but I have found I need to do fairly indepth plotting with my single titles. This helps me to ensure I have tied up the loose ends I want tied (not all of them since I tend to write series <g>) and have sufficient conflict and pace to sustain a full length novel.
What length are your books usually and how long does it take you to finish a book from start to finish?
I write short stories from 8k words up to 100k words. I've found the first book in a new series is often the slowest to write as I spend a fair bit of time researching the world I'm creating. This can involve delving into mythology, legends, ancient history, astrophysics, astronomy, space travel and everything in-between. I can write a short story in a week once I have the world created. But that's the first draft, after that I'll procrastinate until I force myself to commence editing, cutting, re-writing etc.
Do you work on multiple projects at the same time?
Kinda. I've been known to get side-tracked by shiny new ideas which I must put down on paper. I try to limit myself to the bare bones. For example I wrote down the rough outline of a New Adult futuristic novel recently as soon as the ideas popped into my head. But then I also wrote the first four pages of another New Adult novel because I just had to get that scene down. Then I put them aside and go back to my current WIP.
How important is reader reaction to you as an author?
I love writing. I love the challenge it presents to me. I love the research, the sheer bloody-mindedness of searching for the right word, the right scene, the right character. And I love how there is always something more to learn. But, I also write to entertain. I want to transport the reader to another world, make their everyday life fade away if only for a couple of hours. So, yes, reader reaction to me is really everything. One reason why I read my reviews. I know you can't please everyone, but sometimes the reader does point out something that resonates with me and I think, yeah, they are right. I could have made that scene better. Or I could have my character act in a slightly different way which would have made the story stronger.
If someone hasn't read any of your work, which book would you recommend that they start with and why?
I'd say one of my short stories. For starters they're cheaper! And at time of writing there is three to pick from...Paying the Forfeit (a futuristic post-apocalyptic erotic romance), and if you like sci fi romance, The Portal and Awakening the Warriors. Out of the three, the latter is the hottest.
If you are into erotic romance, the hottest would definitely have to be my novella Bound by Love.
Thanks for having me here today, Téa. I'd love to do a giveaway of my indie published erotic novella, Bound by Lies, for one lucky commenter.
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