If you missed the live event on Spilling Ink this Saturday, you can check it out below! I joined fellow author Dwayne Clayden (who you've heard on our own podcast!) my friend Jae, and the rest of the Spilling Ink crew. We covered witches, research, morally gray characters, and I touched on the ethics and complicated legality of digging on Native land.
Oh! And I also dropped some details about my brand new top-secret project!
I spoke with Dom Brightmon of the Going North Podcast about how my day job as an archaeologist inspired my books, how “what if” can build your story, and why writing novels are inspired by emotions and the people around you the most!
Today marks the first week in the Novel Bootcamp course I've joined. It's taught by my good friend and fellow Starsedge author Cameron J Quinn, under her romance pen name, Angela Breen.
It's an intensive outlining and drafting strategy that I'm really looking forward to exploring while I draft the fourth Nel Bently Book, Heretics. I'll be sharing progress with my Explorers and via Instagram so be sure you're signed up and following to catch the updates!
For now, I'll leave you with Week One's project: the Logline
"A hot-tempered archaeologist is forced to work with her best friend’s murderers to save her only family--and Earth itself--from an unknown and calculating new adversary."
I dove deep with some awesome questions from Lucy Hounsom from Breaking the Glass Slipper!We covered everything from increasing representation in SFF to why I chose to include my profession as an archaeologist in my fiction. Be sure to read the whole interview on her site!
LH: You seem equally comfortable working in science fiction as fantasy. Do you have a preferred genre, or does the setting depend on the story you wish to tell?
VSH: It does depend on the character and story I’m working on. While I’m a plotter, the initial inspiration and resulting scene happens organically. A character or situation pops into my head and I dig into who they are, how they got themselves into whatever the situation is, and then the story unfolds from there. The answers to my first few questions usually define what the genre is. For example, in the first scene in the Nel Bently books...read more
I had a chance to speak with Lou from The Stephen King Podcast He and I talk process, how much of me is in Nel, and what's coming for 2020! You can listen below, or check out this, and all the other amazing episodes on his site.
I rejoined Dome of Sci-Fi Saturday Night on a stormy evening (but with far better internet this time!) to discuss the soon-to-be released third Nel book, Strangers, and the similarities between Nel and myself. We also touched on “Disciples,” which shows the events of Travelers from the perspective of Nel's “alien” some-times girlfriend, Lin Nalawangsa.