Some scenes of Tumble were easy to write, where the words flowed out of my fingers and onto the page, while others were damn hard. Those scenes were down to a few things: hard writing days, hard scenes to write (emotionally) or a character not doing what I wanted them to do. Perhaps it’s my drama background, but I always find the characters conversations the easiest and most fun to write. It was interesting that one of my first readers of Tumble said those scenes worked best, and she loved the way the characters interacted.
I found some scenes had to be written in silence while others needed music. I’ve decided to share some key songs from the book without giving anything away for those of you who haven’t read the book. Enjoy =)
RILEY’S THEME: Counting Stars, OneRepublic
EMMA’S 18TH: Figure 8, Ellie Goulding
DANCE OFF: Blood On The Dance Floor, Michael Jackson and Robyn, Dancing On My Own
ROAD TRIP: Run To Paradise, Choir Boys
BALL ROUTINE: Vanessa Mae, Clear Like Ice
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, EMMA’S FIRST GLIMPSE AT CIRCUS ARTS, Lavelle, No One Knows Cover
EMMA’S AUDITION PIECE: 24, Jem (sorry no real film clip)
EMMA DANCING ON POINTE, Cirque Du Soleil, Iris, Flying Scarlett
A CLIP OF SOME AMAZING CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORK (Side note, I used to do rhythmic gymnastics and I Did a hoop routine to this music =)
Welcome to the post where I interview other indie authors. I first came across Sophie Davis when I stumbled across their novel “Talented” on Amazon. The cover caught my eye and when I read what the book was about (for the bargain price of $0.00) I thought I’ll try it. Talented is the first book in the brilliant Talented saga and at the time four books had been published. That weekend I discovered the series, family, boyfriend and friends were ignored as I blitzed through the books. Never since Harry Potter has a series grabbed me from page one and took me on a crazy ride of action, war, love and friendship. Oh, and a powerful mind manipulator as the main character and people that have “talents”.
Safe to say I am a massive fan of Sophie Davis, real names Tabitha and Hannah, who are based in the US. They now have several series and books as well as the Talented saga including, The Blind Barriers Trilogy, The Nightmares Trilogy and new series Timewaves. Phew! These are busy ladies! Without further ado, I introduce you to Sophie Davis.
Tell us a little about yourself
We are best friends who met our first year of law school. After we completed the Bar Exam, we moved to D.C. and began our careers in the legal profession. About two years in to our legal careers, we decided to make our mutual dream of writing a reality. Not long after, the Talented Saga was born.
What is your writing style, what do you like to write?
We like to write paranormal, sci/fi, and fantasy, with a little romance thrown in
Why did you self publish?
The decision to self publish was one we made before ever finishing the first draft of Talented. Self publishing was just becoming big at the time, and we thought we’d give it a shot and see what happened.
What are the best and worst parts of self publishing?
The best part is having so much control over our projects. We work on our own timetable, we pick our own covers, and we write what we like. The worst part is, we have to do constant research to stay on top of the current marketing techniques. We have learned a lot through trial and error, and we’ve had a lot of errors along the way J
What are you currently working on?
Currently we are working on the second book in our Timewaves Series, Atlic. We are also working on the third and final book in our Blind Barriers Trilogy, Vacant Voices.
What advice have you got for people who may be thinking of self publishing?
Do your homework. There are a lot of perks to self publishing, and there are a lot of perks to going the traditional route. Exploring both options and making an informed decision is, in our opinion, the best way to ensure you won’t regret your choice.
Book or eBook?
If you held a dinner party, which literary characters would you invite and why?
Wow. This is a hard one. Can I pass?
1) What was the last book you read? The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
2) Who is your favourite author? Currently, Darynda Jones. We both have always loved Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
3) What can’t you leave home without? Our dogs =)
4) What was the last song you heard? Cake By the Ocean
5) What is your favourite word? (Can be in English or another language) Kerfuffle =)
You can find out more about what the girls are up to or their latest books at the following:
Hi. My name is Clare and I have C.A.D.D. It’s real addiction/affliction and you may suffer/enjoy having as well.
What the hell is she crapping on about? I hear you ask (great shoes by the way). It appears my life is not busy enough and I need to do multiple things at once to keep my creative juices flowing. At the moment that means marketing my novel Tumble and expanding it to other platforms (more about this soon), working on a new novella series which is a different genre to Tumble, as well as writing my next novel. I’m actually exhausted just reading that paragraph. But I’m creatively happy, if not physically weary, but that could just be my donut of a son/human weights.
Most writers probably would agree that they need to write to feel complete. Writing isn’t a job, it’s a compulsion and that is definitly the case for me. I think my husband would agree that I am a much happier person to live with when I’ve squeezed in a writing session. We’re a strange breed us writers and most would probably agree that we’re not happy unless we’re creating something or reading/making something creative.
I learnt awhile ago that I couldn’t just research something and not write at the same time. It was at this point that I self diagnosed myself with C.A.D.D. Some people may frown at this and question why I don’t just finish one thing and then move onto the next. If you’re wired like that, great! Congratulations! But for those of us that need to let off a little more steam you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
Zoe Foster Blake is a perfect example of this. When she was the beauty editor at Cosmo she started a beauty blog called Fruity Beauty. When that still wasn’t enough creatively she wrote a novel. She now has a number of books under her belt and is the CEO and creative Director of her skincare range Go-To Skincare. Zoe is another person I would say suffers from C.A.D.D and is only fulfilled when she has multiple fingers in multiple pies.
Now I’m not going to start up a business, but I’m saying you can make C.A.D.D work. Sure, one of my babies may get more attention than another at one stage, but they’re all growing at a rate I’m happy with. Book baby 2.5 to be born soon. Doctor says its progressing well.
The fact that my projects are different genre’s as well keeps things interesting and fresh and easier to jump from one to other. My novella series was inspired by a particularly bizarre dream I had and was so weird that I wrote it down and knew I had to create a story from it. Book one will be released later this year. We all know a dream inspired story worked well for this author so fingers crossed.
C.A.D.D may not be for everyone and when the editing process kicks in everything else will be hit with the pause button but it works for me and so I will continue to C.A.D.D away.