I haven’t done a tag in forever. In fact, it’s been a while since I posted anything authorly here. I’ve been busy writing, working on my Etsy relaunch, and I’ve started a (very) part time job, just to get out of the house occasionally.
This tag was created by Kiley Keeling! Kiley also created a bookish tag based on TSS. The links to both tags are below. (P.s. I don’t have a youtube channel, so we are doing it here!) It was inspired by the upcoming release of Jenna Moreci’s novel, The Savior’s Sister. I’ll have more info and links for that at the bottom of this post. For now, enjoy the tag!
- You have a few options of how you ask yourself the questions. Your options are:
- Use a bingo board
- Use a random number generator
- Put the questions on cards and draw from a mug, bowl, etc.
- Have your followers submit the questions they want you to answer
- Got another idea? That’s fine! You do you!
- There are 29 questions total (bonus points if you can figure out why I chose that number) but you only have to answer 10 of them (but, hey answer ‘em all if you want!)
I’m answering them all. Let’s gooooooo
1. Publishing route – do you plan on traditional or self-publishing (or are you already traditional or self-published)? What made you decide this?
I’m planning to self-publish. After doing research, I liked the idea of doing it myself. It made more sense for me.
Inspiration – what are some elements of inspiration that you could find in the real world that relate to your novel.
I based one of the locations on a location in my hometown. Even in the fantastical world, I tried to make it relatable to the real world.
Romance – does your novel feature romance? If so, tell us a little about the couple(s)!
Of course! The main romance is an LGBTQ+ relationship that I adore. There is also a love interest for my secondary character.
Playlist – do you listen to music as you write?
I used to only be able to write to instrumental music, but something changed. I now listen to lots of different music. I have songs for each character. ime period – when does your novel take place? If it’s fantasy, what’s the most comparable time to the real world?
Alter Reach takes place in current times minus the current pandemic. Friendship – does your novel feature any strong friendships? If so, tell us about your favorite one!
Lots. Friendship is probably a stronger theme than any of the others. I absolutely love Braston and Amelia’s relationship. Amelia and her sister Penelope grow over time as well.
Genre – what genre is your novel?
Target Audience – what is your novel’s target audience?
It is an NA novel.
Plot Twists – does your novel feature plot twists? If so, what kind of plot twists?
There are a few plot twists. I can’t tell you about them though. Don’t want to spoil.
Tobleila – if your novel features romance, what’s the ship name for the main romance?
Amelyn. Maybe. If you have better ideas for Amelia and Faelyn, let me know in the comments.
Fight Scenes – have you ever had to write a fight scene? If so, do you enjoy writing them? If not, why not?
There are lots of fight scenes in Alter Reach. I love writing fight scenes. Especially fight scenes involving magic. It is really fun to try to figure out how the scenes will work.
Purple Prose – nah or yeah?
I try to make my prose nice and flowing well, but I don’t spend a lot of time making it super ornate and elaborate.
Companion Novel – have you ever wrote a companion novel? If not, would you ever consider writing one?
After Alter Reach, I want to write a story based on Braston. He is my favorite character and his backstory is really interesting. I think it will be interesting to write what his life was like before he meets Amelia.
Leila – who’s the MC of your novel?
Amelia and Penelope share the MC spot.
Tobias – does your novel have a LI? If so, who are they?
Faelyn and Wren.
Delphi – who’s your MC’s bestie?
Death – does anyone die in your novel? Do you like writing death scenes?
Yes. I cried. 😢
Magic – does your novel feature any sort of magic or superpowers
Lots of magic. Elemental types and some shapshifting too.
Political System – is there any type of political system that’s featured in your novel?
Kind of. The vilian is attempting to run a dictatorship type of government, but people are pushing back and he doesn’t have complete control.
Big Book or Short Book – are you an overwriter or an underwriter? Do your novels tend to be on the shorter or longer side of things?
I’m a chronic underwriter but the book will be on the longer side.
Character Art – do you plan on getting character art for your novel at some point? Why or why not?
I’m definitely considering it. It’ll probably depend on how well I’m doing when I release.
Banter – what are your favorite types of scenes to write?
In my book, specifically, I love the scenes between Amelia and Braston. Their friendship is everything ❤
Characters or Plot – are your novels more character-driven, plot-driven, or an even mix of both?
Definitely character-driven, but there is definitely a great plot too. So, a bit of both.
Assassins – who is the antagonist or villain of your story?
Forbidden Romance – does your favorite trope make an appearance in your work
There is a bit of forbidden romance happening because not everyone is on board with a lesbian relationship. I wanted to show the difficulties of homeophobia as well.
Representation – what are some of the minority groups you represented in your novel?
Pippa – does your novel have a sweet cinnamon roll character? If so, tell us about them!
Definitely Braston. I don’t want to give too much away, but Braston was kicked out of his community for being different and his struggles are real. However, he is such a nice guy and cares deeply for others.
Easter Eggs – what are some easter eggs you have included in your work? If you don’t want to share the specifics, what type of stuff do you like to plant in your work like easter eggs? (e.g. mythology references, references to another language or country, etc.)
I can’t tell you specifics, but there are references to mythology, references to current day struggles, etc. I like planting relatable or fun things in there for people to find.
Tag creator, Kiley Keeling’s links:
In the thrilling companion to one of Book Depository’s Best Books of All Time, experience the peril and heart-stopping romance through Leila’s fresh perspective.
Leila Tūs Salvatíraas, Savior of Thessen and magical Queen of Her realm, is worshiped by all.
Except Her father. He wants Her dead.
The Sovereign’s Tournament—a centuries-long tradition designed to select The Savior’s husband—is days away, but Brontes’s plan to overthrow his daughter ignites, shifting the objective of the competition from marriage to murder.
With the help of Her sisters and some unexpected allies, Leila must unravel Brontes’s network and prevent Her own assassination. But as the body count rises, She learns the deception runs far deeper than She imagined.
When She finds Herself falling for one of the tournament competitors, Her father finds himself another target for murder.
Can Leila save Herself and Her beloved, or is their untimely end—and the corruption of Her realm—inevitable?
TRIGGER WARNINGS: This book contains graphic violence, sexual situations, physical abuse, adult language, and references to suicide.
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Jenna Moreci is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and science fiction, as well as a YouTube sensation with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The Savior’s Champion, her first novel in The Savior’s Series, was voted one of the Best Books of All Time by Book Depository.
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Jenna spends her free time laughing until her face hurts with her goofball fiancé and snuggling with her tiny dog.
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