Hello everyone! Two posts in two days, what's up with that, huh?! Well, I have a lot of stuff to catch up on with these last couple of days of October... So let's do this thing. XD
Instead of the usual Beautiful People, this month Cait and Sky are hosting Beautiful Books – in preparation for NaNoWriMo next month. I'm not participating in NaNo *cues all the sad faces* but I'm doing this anyway...because it's awesome-sauce. *winks to two cool peeps who totally get this thing*
I know I use it all the time, but I'm using War Tears again. :) It's the WIP I'm currently focusing on getting finished, and I need all the inspirational help I can get, soooo... ;)
1) What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
The original inspiration for this book came from the movie, Beautiful Dreamer (2006). WWII, pilots, POWs,...this movie (one of my all-time favorites) shares a lot of similarities with my book. :)
Well, the file says it was created in March of 2015. So, technically I've been working on it for 19 months at the current time, but I haven't been very serious or diligent until this year – especially since spring. :) (Also, those notes I scribbled in March of '15 are veeeerrrryyyy different from how War Tears is now. ;P)
2) Describe what your novel is about!
'Describe your novel' – why is it that I always moan over hearing those words? *sigh* Okay, let's try this.
David Carnathan feels like he's living the perfect life – working on cars, living in a small town, and married to his sweetheart. That is, until Pearl Harbor is bombed and he soon finds himself at the enlistment office. As bomber planes fly across Europe and letters fly across the Pacific, both he and his wife Bethany's lives are changed in ways neither of them could have ever expected.
That's the best I can do for now. :P
3) What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
4) Introduce us to each of your characters!
Each? That would take an eternity. How about four of my favorites?
David Carnathan: David is a pilot in the USAAF. Nice, outgoing, charming, and a great Christian guy, he's...my favorite. ;)
Bethany Carnathan: Bethany is David's wife. She's quiet and keeps to herself, but when you get to know her you see that she's super sweet and caring. :)
Joshua Trueheart: Joshua is David's co-pilot and good friend. He's a great guy with a big heart who's known for cracking jokes. ;)
Lenore Anderson: Lenore is David's six year-old niece, his sister Erin's daughter. She's the cinnamon roll of the story and one of my favorite characters – so fun to write!
5) How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Outlining, research, chocolate, coffee, music (either alive, upbeat and happy or sad and tear-jerking. there is hardly ever an in-between.)...definitely a little howling. Or maybe that would be called whining? You know, like "I don't even know what I'm dooooiiingggg. Someone heeellppp meeeeeee." *sobs in a corner*
I totally didn't do that. *cough*
6) What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
FINISHING IT. Haha, no joke though. Step one, finish it. Step two,...set it aside for awhile (like a couple years) and then edit. :P
7) List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
1. War. (duh. It's right there in the title).
2. Tears. (refer to above note)
3. Airplanes. Bombers, to be more specific.
8) What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Goal? Um...complete missions, keep his crew alive, and go home. Who stands in his way...Hitler? XD
9) How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
He learns that God is the same in the hard times as well as in the good. He's in control and what He wills is ultimately for the best. :)
10) What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
Themes, hmm. War, heartache, trusting God, finding happiness in the hard times...to mention a few. :)
I hope readers feel satisfied when they finish my story and I want them to be encouraged. I also hope they enjoy it – of course!! :)
Before I bounce off to do some things before bed, I wanted to let y'all know about something. I guest-posted on Amy L.'s blog!! :D Click here to check it out! (Psst! It's WWII related! ^_^)
Have you did Beautiful Books? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?