writing meme: days 20, 21, 22, & 23

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

I’m not sure if this is asking about the type of interactions or the characters themselves.

As I’ve mentioned before, I could write Sami and Michael all day. I get started writing them together and must make myself stop. Often, I want the scene to continue, so I’ll pull out another sheet of paper and keep going off camera. And yes, I keep those scenes in my ‘unused’ folder. But Sami and Michael get together and get to talking, and I have the damnedest time prying them back apart!

21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

In Eventide, Sami is born, and we’re with her until close to her fourth birthday. She was fun to write as a small child – especially when she licked Penelope’s cat Buster. In Midnight’s Heir her own daughter, Destiny, progresses from fifteen to seventeen. To Be Renamed I (and to be rewritten) sees Destiny become a grandmother, Sami’s half-brother Mick has several children of his own. And so on and so forth.

22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Huh?

I’m not sure why or where but somewhere between books two and three, I got the bright idea to write Midnight from Sami’s cousin Debra’s perspective. That was interesting. It’s finished and tucked into its own folder on my hard drive and will likely never see the light of day.

Last Spring after I finished getting Midnight back together and started shopping it to agents and publishers, I found myself unable to stop writing the story. So I started writing After Midnight. It’s everything that happens in between Midnight and Midnight’s Heir. Actually, it’s become a very handy reference item! Okay, so it’s not everything, but it’s what happens immediately after Midnight up to the time Sami and Steve get married in 1989 and move into the new house in Coldiron Heights. One day, when Midnight ever gets published, I’d like to put After Midnight here on the site as a free download.

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

It’s been so long since I started a book and finished it straight through that I’m having a hard time saying. I wrote books two and three in six months each, if I remember correctly. To Be Renamed II (and to be rewritten) got put on hold when the plot got a little more complex than I was prepared to handle and because I got the bright idea to start writing Eventide. Eventide is on hold until I at least get Midnight’s Heir revised and back together.

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.