Friday, October 23, 2009
Great questions, everyone! As you were all posting your quessies for PJ, I found myself time and again wondering what the answers would be.
Well, wait no further! Here you go:
1) I should think a name like that would open doors to ancient research libraries. How far did you go, how deep did you delve to learn about Lemuria and teleporting?
One word. Wikipedia. Sadly, I never figured out how to teleport, so web research was it for this trilogy. I did try telepathy on a number of occasions, and I swear a few times it actually worked. The nice thing about basing the location (Lemuria) off a real mythological place is that there are lots of theories on it out there!
2) What is the most interesting thing you ever dug up? Your choice: library(virtual or otherwise) or ground (like real dirt).
And a question, because I'm always interested in this: Did you get your agent via querying? If so, what was the query process like for you?
Natalie Aguirre asked:
What does P.J. recommend that aspiring authors who don't have a blog do to have a web presence and how can we best use facebook when we're not published?
But first and foremost, write a great book. Once it's accepted, there is lots of time to get the web stuff going.
A question from me (Beth):
And I would like to ask something, too! I noticed on Tabitha's interview, you talked about writing Navel in 2005, and rewriting it as the series developed. Could you discuss a bit more about how it's different to write the second book of a series than, say, the first or third? What different processes do you use?
Did the idea for The Forgotten Worlds trilogy come to you as a series - or did it become a series as you started to write it? In other words did you think I have a great idea for three books. Or did you start to write the story and realize that it could best be told in three books?
From Shannon Messenger:
When you're structuring a series, how do you plant things in the first book that don't fully pay off until later books and yet not make it feel like there's holes in the plot of the first book? (Does that even make sense? It does in my head...but I didn't sleep much last night...)
From Robyn Campbell:
What is the one most important thing you want your reader to come away with from reading, The Navel of the World or The Emerald Tablet?
From Miriam S. Forster:
Can you tell us what's next for you after the Forbidden Worlds series? Are there more amazing worlds in the works? What are you working on now?
From me--again.... ;)
You mentioned in the review that your son is just now reading Navel. I wonder...at what point do you let certain people read your work? Obviously a beta reader is going to read a rough draft, but how rough? Do you keep the first draft personal and send them a second? What about your agent? Your husband? Your children?
For the third book in this series, I'll let my son read it either in ARC form or as the manuscript being sent off for the ARC printing. Not before. Too many things change.
From Heather Zundel:
1) What made you think of Atlantis as your first inspiration?
2) I also am curious about structuring a series. Please elaborate in any
way you see fit. :)
3) What is the most important thing about creating characters?
Also, give your characters a motivation BEFORE the book starts. What does this character want?
And really ask yourself the WHY question. WHY is this character in this story? What makes them be the main character as opposed to somebody else?
4) And - do you outline or write on the fly?