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- 1 star: Wasn't my cup of tea
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- 3 stars: Wasn't amazing, but was an enjoyable read
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Title: Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom
Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.
But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.
When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.
But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?
Guest Post: Susan's Writing Process
Then once I get the premise figured out, I work on the plot and make an outline. The plot takes the longest to figure out and sometimes even changes from what I originally intended, because characters sometimes have a mind of their own and take over. That’s when the story becomes really fun for me to write. I have been known to wake up in the middle of the night and go to work, because I’ve had a thought or a dream and need to get it out before it goes away.
Character names are always a plus if you have some in mind before you start, but character names sometimes get changed based on personality traits. I like my character names to go with the personality of the character; it helps make them much more believable.
This is all in the first draft of the story, which usually end up being somewhere around 50,000 to 70,000 words for the first draft. By time I finish the second draft, I’ve usually added on another 20-30K words because the second draft is where I add in a lot of the settings and more character emotions.
Then it’s off to the editor. This is a very important step that no author should ever skip. I usually always go with what my editor says when it comes to grammar and sentence structure. I may or may not make changes that the editor has suggested throughout if I don’t agree. Then I send the MS off to some beta readers. A group of readers, some other authors that I trust to make other suggestions. Then after making more changes, it goes back to the editor, then back to me again for finishing. Then I upload it from a word doc directly to my Kindle and read it. This helps me find typos and other little annoying mistakes that pop up during the editing process. After that? Well it’s ready for the world.
Thanks for having me on your blog today, I really enjoyed it.