[GUEST POST] Andrea Cremer’s Writing Process

Tez says: This post comes courtesy of Andrea Cremer and Hachette Australia. For more info about Andrea’s books, scroll to the end of the post.

When asked about my writing process I’m always a bit befuddled, as I am when I’m asked where I get the inspiration for my stories. My writing process is spontaneous rather than methodical, and rather than requiring meticulous plotting and planning I need creative flexibility in my stories. When I’m seized by an idea or a character, I write in long bursts. I love spending entire days writing and losing myself in the world of the story.

I rarely get writer’s block because I don’t write in chronological order; thus, if I get stuck in a particular scene I simply jump to another point in the story and begin writing anew. The change usually shakes whatever obstacle was inhibiting my writing lose and I can go on without too much of a delay. The creation of my novels is very much like putting together the pieces of a puzzle, rather than following a clearly marked path (I don’t like outlines!) I don’t plan what will happen in a story, I need to let the characters lead me.

That said I tend to know the overarching story of a series before I begin writing. I knew how Bloodrose would end when I was just beginning to write Nightshade. What I didn’t know was how I would get there, what would happen to the characters along the way, and how they would be changed by the journey.

Like the writing itself, the ideas for my books arise at unexpected moments and usually involve a character or characters playing out a scene in my head. The story starts with characters the writing becomes a process of me trying to understand what’s happening in their lives. Based on the problems they face, their hopes and fears, a world emerges to fill the pages.

I don’t need be in a particular place to write, or write only at a specific time. I write wherever I can, whenever I can. I’m not a morning person, so I do my best writing after I’m well-bolstered by coffee. Music inspires me, and I find it particularly helpful when I’m drafting a manuscript. I create playlists for all of my books and when I’m listening to those songs I am transported into the world that I’m writing.

I’ve learned that I can’t force my writing. I have to let the story carry me, unfolding as it will, but it’s that dream-like state when the book takes over that I love the most about being an author.

Andrea Cremer
Nightshade (Nightshade, Book 1)
Penguin (US & CA: 14th June 2011); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 26th July 2011; AU: August 2011)
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Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?

Andrea Cremer
Wolfsbane (Nightshade, Book 2)
Penguin (US & CA: 3rd January 2012); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 21st February 2012; AU: March 2012)
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When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack – and the man – she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Andrea Cremer
Bloodrose (Nightshade, Book 3)
Penguin (US & CA: 3rd January 2012); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK: 21st February 2012; AU: March 2012)
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Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

Andrea Cremer
Rift (Nightshade Prequel, Book 1)
Penguin (CA: 1st August 2012; US: 7th August 2012); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK: 7th August 2012)
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Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realise Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

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