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July 2012 Releases

Done with June 2012 Releases? Here are July 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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[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.

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February 2012 Releases

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January 2012 Releases

Done with December 2011 Releases? Here are January 2012 Releases. To see future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Cremer, Dane, Revis, Smith-Ready)

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[INTERVIEW] Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer’s debut novel, Nightshade, will be released in October (US/Canada/Australia), with Wolfsbane to come in July 2011, and Bloodrose in 2012. Here’s a few spoiler-free questions I asked her. Enjoy!

Is Lake Superior really superior to other lakes, or is it just up itself? 😉
Obviously I’m biased, but yes, absolutely. It is gorgeous, the largest of the lakes and the most pristine.

Nightshade is set near Vail, but there’s no mention of Colorado in your bio. Did you live there at some stage, or was it just the right location for the world you built?
I’ve visited Colorado, but never lived there. The Keepers reside in places that are luxurious but also somewhat remote; Vail offered the ideal combination of characteristics.

You may be Professor Chaos, but you’re also a history professor. My favourite historical tropes are laudanum, asylums, and the Romanovs. Any chance of you writing about any of these in the near future?
Interesting. I don’t know about laudanum, but I definitely could see asylums and the Romanovs working into future projects!

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Nightshade (Witches’ War, Book 1)
Penguin Philomel (US & CA: 19th October 2010); Hachette Atom (UK: 6th January 2011)
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While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack’s world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds them all…

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