People ask how I come up with my characters.
This month, I got to sit down with a fascinating and very busy author: Xiran Jay. Xiran writes YA and hopes to increase the diversity of that genre. Xiran wants to make YA literature as diverse as the “Turn Down for What” music video. When not writing, Xiran is a Life Sciences university student. I’m very honored to have gotten a few moments of this author’s time.
Writers are supposed to develop a thick skin so we can deal with all the nit-picks and criticisms we get. No problem, I got that. There are a lot of careers (and I dipped my toe in most of them) where that is true. I can listen to people take my work apart all day long, as long as it’s stuff I already know about or they are just plain wrong.
There are times in my writing life when the emotion at the top of the pile is frustration. I just can’t find the right word and it’s the sixth time that’s happened this session. A beta reader didn’t get back to me when I expected them to. I just have no clue what to write next. The other kids won’t play with me – well the adult version.
Writing “In the Dark… We Hope” has been a multi-layered challenge.