This week at the YA Indie Carnival, the authors are serving up Fiction Pie and giving up their own special recipes for plotting great stories.
With Book #3 of the Midnight Guardian series currently in development, I’m often asked if this will be it…the final one. It’s been a fun series to write and I’m pleased to say that #3 will definitely not be the last one.
I had originally planned it to be a 6 book series. Well, that’s not exactly true. When I released Of Sun & Moon and people asked me how many there would be I would say 4 or 5. I didn’t fine tune the 6 until I began writing Whispering Evil. And although I have planned 6 books (taking the story to Drew’s second vox), Ann and Katie’s timelines have been plotted to the third vox (9 books) just in case I can’t let go.
My time traveling characters have certainly made plotting more complicated. Since Ann and Katie travel back in time, their reality isn’t linear like the other characters. I also quickly realized that not only did I need to keep track of them in time, but I also needed to keep track of them separately. They even have their own Excel spreadsheets with their trips, ages, physical description and emotional concerns at the time of their trip all matched up against points in the linear plot of the whole series. Whew!
Anywho, time travelers aside, here’s my basic no-bake recipe for a great plot:
- 1 strong female mixed with a dash of special ability
- 1-2 villains you love to hate
- 1 bunch of friends, super and non
- 2-4 interesting locales
- pinch of mystery
- stir in unexpected twists
- season with drama to taste
- Simmer with a heaping tablespoon of bad boy hottie until boiling and serve
Collect more fiction pie recipes from these other YA Indie Carnival Authors. BTW – My favorite non-fiction pie is banana creme.
||Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
||Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
||T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
||Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga
||Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
||PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
||Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
||Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
||K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
||Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
||Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga
||Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
||Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews
||Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
||M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping
||Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
||Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind
||Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
||Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler
||Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
||Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
||Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood