Written in the Stars Author: Megan Grooms
Interview With Megan Grooms:
Tell us what prompted you to start the series? Be as detailed as you want.
I love this series. The first inspiration came from A Knights Tale movie. There is a female blacksmith and no one thinks she does well, of course she kicks ass at it, and I have always loved that idea. The second came from watching too much Forged in Fire. I decided that Lena would be a bladesmith, not a blacksmith. I also knew I wanted Zander in there as an understand loving male lead, but he decided who he was and how they met. Lena and Zander took the reins after that.
How did you feel as you were writing the first book? Has that feeling changed between then and now? If so, how?
The first book was fun because I was making up the world as I was going along. I could add as many characters as I wanted and describe them any way I wanted. The second book was a bit harder because I had to make sure things matched to the previous story. I needed to add as many details as I could, without just repeating myself from the first book. The last book (that I’m currently working on) is the hardest. This one is the last book in the series and I’m having to direct them more toward and ending. My characters don’t like it when I direct and sometimes, I get a little stuck.
How many times have you had a specific idea for the story but it has been derailed because the characters decide to go a different way?
That happens all the time! I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I have a general idea of where I want the story to go, and particular scenes that I feel need to be in it, but other than that I don’t plan because they always take me off track. I love it though. I can’t write well if they are not talking to me.
What was the most difficult part in writing the series?
I’ve had to kill a few people that I didn’t want to, and might have to kill more before it’s over. Killing them, and giving the death enough page time, and emotions is a little hard for me, especially when I need to keep the story going. The ending I’m finding difficult to get right as well, which is why it’s taking a little while to get the book done. It has to be done before my conference in July though so I have a deadline, those are good for me lol
If you could give advice to anybody else considering writing a series, what advice would you give?
Have a general outline of where the story is going to end overall. Make sure that you slowly work towards that goal. I would also wait until all books are written before publishing the first one, unless you are very good at keeping on time. I will be sure to do that before I do another series. I feel guilty making people wait, and sometimes if the wait is too long, they’ve forgotten about your book. I love series though, either a continuation of the same people, or in the world with each book focusing on different MC. What ever you do, just write it, first for yourself, then for others. If you love it, chances are, someone else will too.
About the Author:
Megan Grooms is mother of one and author of Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, and Contemporary Romance. She loves writing strong female characters, and their struggles with life and love, as well as the strong men who love them for who they are, and support them, even if that means letting them go. She loves to learn about legends, and myths, and working old, not often heard of, lore into her supernatural, and fantasy stories. Hearing from those that have read her books is the highlight of her day and she encourages readers to reach out to her.
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