Rewrites: Eric, The Prince of the Moon Kingdom

My Dear Future Readers,

I’m still here doing edits for Book 1: Forbidden Love.

I  finally got to the chapters about Amy’s younger brother.  These are the fun chapters because he goes on adventures. He gets to travel which to be honest is a lot of fun to write.  I don’t travel much which is why I wanted to let my characters do a little exploring.

Now, that I have to rewrite Eric’s parts in the book,  I only hope that I have been able to make his chapters more fun. Yes, Eric finds love too. Don’t worry.  I did not leave him without a lovely lady.  But the best part of rewriting a story where the little brother of my main character gets to live his life,  is that I can see and show that even he has a life.

Rewrites of Eric’s Travels 

Eric’s traveling adventures were parts of the story where I could really use my imagination.  Why? Because,  he could travel anywhere and meet all kinds of people and creatures. Sometimes I just need to be creative.  You know what….. I think my creativity in these parts paid off.

Here is what my editor had to say about Eric’s story.

“I like the progression of Eric’s storyline.”  -Alyssa Nand

I think that if my editor likes it,  then it will be interesting to my future readers.  I always believed that if I could make at least one person fall in love with my story and that person being my editor then I already did a good job as an author.

Rewrites of Eric’s Love Story 

I think that rewriting the scenes with Princess Sapphira made the chapters romantic and sweet.  I really hope that you will like the rewrites. Eric’s story seems to be better with all of the work that I did. I think his story fits in with the rest of the book because it shows how his own love story played out.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

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Cover Reveal for The Sorceress By Jessica McCrory

My Dear Future Readers,

I have a special treat for all of you. My friend, Jessica McCrory is releasing a new book in January 2018. I’m honored to be helping this amazing person present her book to the world.

So I thought I would give you PREVIEW of her two previous books in The Prophecy Series

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This is the first book in the series and it is where Ana and Dakota’s story begins. Here is a back cover introduction….

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The first book is only the beginning.  Dakota and Anastasia are about to discover a love that will take them to different worlds.

Book 2: The Fighter is about protecting the one you love especially when a war breaks out.

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Here is the back cover description. After reading the back cover myself, I believe that this book will bring you back to the world you have left in Book 1: The Phoenix. 

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I know that Jessica McCrory is the sweetest person I have ever met. She has taught me how to do LIVE VIDEO on Facebook by showing that it was a possibility. She helped me learn about Teasers and now,I am making teasers for my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love.  This woman has taught me about how to write villains.

I am happy to tell you that December 8th she will be doing a a Book Cover Reveal for Book 3: The Sorceress By Jessica McCrory. I will be doing a preorder of that book. I collect her books now too.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Henry: The Lost Prince of Sunset Valley Kingdom

My Dear Future Readers,

Since we began talking about rewrites in my previous two posts,  I would like to continue this conversation.  I have another character that required a few small rewrites.

So,  this character is Darien’s best friend and I love both of them because in a way they are both similar.

How are they similar?

Henry and Darien are similar in their eagerness to save others. They are both only children in their families.  And the most obvious of all is that they are both royalty.

Henry was royalty himself and his kingdom was attacked by Pond Water Prince  (who you met in my previous two posts).  Ever since then, his life was not the same.  He had to serve the evil doer for five years.

Henry’s Rewrites:

I  believe that Henry’s rewrites were the easiest I ever did.  It was fun to see my “lost prince” grow.  Even in the simplest things like the way his appearance was described. In fact,  his appearance was the most fun to rewrite.

Why?

Because aside from the idea that Henry was  under a spell,  he was actually really handsome.  I was actually kind of hoping you return him to his human self so that he would be handsome again.

The next important rewrite that happened for Henry was his conversation with his best friend, Darien.  I’m sure that you will see the changes and appreciate them.

I put a lot of time into the rewrites I make because I want my future readers to like my book.  I feel that the rewrites not only help my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love develop but they also help me mature as an author.

I feel that my ideas begin to change in a good way. The way my sentences are written and my descriptions are expressed is very differently than when I was writing this book in the first time.  I’m proud of  my work.  I am excited when my edits turn out better than the original.  My characters seem to be maturing with me which is a good thing.  Even my editor is saying that my writing is improving.

I even see improvement with Darien’s character as,I correct Henry and Pond Water Prince’s characters.  It is all connected in one and I’m glad that I’m doing these rewrites.  I’m actually learning more than I thought with my edits.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Rewrites About Pond Water Prince Part 2

My Dear Future Readers,

Did I mention how HARD rewrites are? No? Well, I’m telling you now. Rewrites are HARD. Why? Because you have to cut out pieces and rework them back in a different way in a way that is extremely different from the original version. In my previous post, which you can check out here: The Rewrite Of Pond Water Prince, I touch lightly on the rewrites that I am doing for this wonderful Bad Boy Evil doer.

UPDATES!!!

I FINISHED THE REWRITE!  It took me a while to do but I finally did it. I know that you are interested in how I managed to finish the rewrite.  That’s what I’m here to tell you about.  Pond Water Prince was never an easy character to write from the beginning. Why?  Well , I’ll use the words of my editor,  Alyssa Nand to  explain this:

“You are too nice.”  – Alyssa Nand.

Yes,  in a way, I do agree with her because I am nice and it is hard for me to write someone who is evil because of that fact.

Also,  I became aware in the process of rewriting my evil doer that he had very few scenes with his captive,  my main female character,  Princess Amy.  This fact had to be corrected immediately.  So, I took a few days adding in scenes that were not even written in the original version of the book,  Book 1: Forbidden Love.  To be honest, I was afraid that my editor would not approve of my additional scenes but as luck would have it,  she did approve.

After doing this rewrite and adding in scenes that were not in the original version of the book,  I realized that my new ideas make my book,  Book 1: Forbidden Love even better.  I only hope that you,  my dear future readers like what I did.  I hope that I made Pond Water Prince sound more realistic in his interactions with my other characters.  But I also hope that I did not make him too scary when he first appears in the book.

You see, I wanted to create a balance between scary and relatable.  I really hope that I did not overdo it.

When I think of my first evil doer, I think of two things: revenge and kidnapping.  When I was writing this character,  it was hard to create someone who is evil without knowing what his motives are.

In this case, I think that kidnapping is something that is fairly easy to relate to the real world and also what fairy tale doesn’t have kidnapping.  Rapunzel was kidnapped and trapped in a tower. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle’s father was locked in the Beast’s dungeon.  Therefore we can conclude that kidnapping is a common theme and act  that villains engage in to make the story interesting and bring action into the story.

Also, this is good for giving the protagonist or “good guy” in the story and chance to do something heroic.  That is also a big plus in the story because like in the scenes with Pond Water Prince,  my male main character got a chance to save the princess and be a hero in the eyes of the king and queen.  That is also a reason why I love fairytales.  Royalty always intrigued me and I love writing about royal families.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Authore

 

My Interview with Zara West

My Dear Future Readers,

I have big news! I’m doing another interview with Zara West. You may be wondering who is Zara West.

Zara West:


Award-winning author Zara West loves all things dark, scary, and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love. Zara spends winters in New York City where the streets hum with life, summers at the shore where the sea can be cruel, and the rest of the year anywhere inspiration for tales of suspense, mystery, and romance are plentiful.

You can read more about here here: About Zara West  and you can visit her site at: Zara West’s Website

Zara West was kind enough to give me an interview on her blog. It’s an honor to be interviewed by an award-winning author.

In this upcoming interview which will be posted tomorrow,  I will be talking about my experience with writing my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love as well as my inspiration for the first book in my Power of Love Series. As always in all of my interviews, I always want to be honest with my future readers because I believe that honesty is the best way to gain respect of my readers.

You will probably laugh at me but I have to say this.  If anyone ever asked me a few years ago, do you think that you will be interviewed by an award-winning author?  I  would have said, “No, I think that at this point in my career,  I’m not sure if an award-winning author is going to even look at me because my book is,still unpublished and I’m still building my life as an author.  In other words,  I’m a “small fish in a big pond.”

But today as I see how much I grew as an author,  I believe that anything is possible.  Of course, being interviewed by Zara West is a great big step up for me and I’m excited. Most of all, I am excited to have friends in such high places who support me and want to help me get my name out there.

These interviews are a great way to expose myself and show people who I am.  I put a lot of time and thought when I write these answers. I want my future readers to know the real me.

I believe that if we pretend to be someone who we are not then we are not completely honest with the people around us. I don’t want people to think that I’m not approachable.  I try to reveal a little more of myself with each interview.  In this interview, as in every other interview,  the same time and effort I put in my books, I use to do everything else.  Which is why it takes me a long time to write their blog posts.  But I can see how many people want to interview me and I think that I am doing something right.

 

OCTOBER 4TH IS  TOMORROW,  DON’T MISS MY INTERVIEW WITH ZARA WEST!

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

The Rewrite Of Pond Water Prince

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to talk about rewrites.

What are rewrites?

Rewrites are edits that you do and you rework the plot in a different way. Recently, I have been working on rewrites for a chapter  in Book 1: Forbidden Love. Trust me, it’s better the way I rewrote it. But that is not the point of this post. Not at all.

I want to tell you about my favorite evil doer.  Why? Because, every book has an evil doer and some may not be evil at first.  “Bad guys” are written to bring out the heroic attitude in the main character. I never thought that writing “bad guys ” could be fun.  But as I was rewriting a scene in one of my chapters,  I realized that  my character is really fun for me to rewrite because even though he is evil,  he makes me laugh.

As a result, I realized that for a villain to be great, his language has to be great as well. Which means that I as an author have to write dialogue that would fit my  “Mister Bad Guy” perfectly. Let me tell you that creating beautifully written dialogue for a villain is hard. But not impossible.

Pond Water Prince was my first book bad guy and he is special to me for that reason.  Going over the chapters that involve him is a special edit to me. I can tell you as an author who has completed Book 1 and 2 and yes out of those two books Pond Water Prince will always be special to me. Not only because he was my first person to create evil plots but also because of the challenge he gave me while I was writing about him. I had to overcome the standard bad guy model and create who was all my own and believable to my readers.

I had to think outside the box. After all, there are a lot of villains out there in the world of fairy-tales who have earned their place in our hearts. I knew that  my character had to be unique, therefore his motives had to be extraordinary.

“What does Pond Water Prince Want??”

 I thought  about this for a long time in the beginning of the chapter. My evil character had to be going after something so important to him that he would do anything to get it. Trust me, that was not easy to come up with at first but then I thought about my elderly grandparents – who were still alive at the time that I began my book – it became clear to me then. So, I wrote the first thought that came to mind.

Next thing I needed was the way he would achieve his goal. That was a little easier since a lot of people kidnapped people and it would be something real that anyone could relate to in my book. Of course, I have to say that having Pond Water Prince as a name was kind of funny to me at first but it fit him. So, I thought that what he did in the book would be able to grab my future readers. I mean, really….What do you think of when you hear the name Pond Water Prince? Is it a name that is associated with someone nice? Or is it a person you would run away from?

That’s how I usually choose names for my bad guys. So, you se that as an author I have to be careful about naming the characters properly or otherwise they lose the effect of a villain.  That’s why I love my first ever bad guy and I hope you will love to hate him too.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

 

My Interview on Passion Between the Pages with Jessica Lauryn

My Dear Future Readers

On Friday, June 30th, I was interviewed by Jessica Lauryn. I had interviewed her some time ago when she first published A Passionate Play. You can reread her interview here: Interview with Jessica Lauryn about A Passionate Play. I was happy to bring Jessica Lauryn on my blog and until now I did not have a chance to come to her blog until Friday.  You can read my interview on Passion Between the Pages here: Passion Between the Pages.

My Experience as in Interviewee:

When I was asked if I wanted to be interviewed. I instantly agreed. Why? Because, one: I know Jessica Lauryn for a very long time and we are good friends. Second, I loved the questions that Jessica Lauryn asked. I was excited to share with Ms. Lauryn things about my book. I wanted to make sure that people know where the idea for Book 1: Forbidden Love and the Power of Love series came from because for a long time I have not said anything about this to anyone.

Why?

Because I thought it was too soon to start talking about the ideas and inspiration for this series. But, now as I edit the book, I began to open up to the public about my inspiration for the Power of Love series. I believe that it is important for people to know that ideas for books don’t just come out of thin air. Different authors find inspiration for their books in different places.

I find my inspiration from my family’s history and the stories that my grandparents told me. I think it is important to respect the stories and love of those people who cared enough to tell you their story.

I think that my experience as an interviewee was a wonderful thing because I felt like my ideas and my words were not taken lightly and received the respect they deserved. Also, I feel like I gained more future readers after the interview than before it. That makes me happy. I wanted to reach more people and I think I did that and for that I am grateful to Jessica Lauryn. I hope to have Jessica Lauryn interview me again one day soon or I will interview her. It’s always good to have authors as friends.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author