Comps: “What book is your book like?” – Olive

We recently started the querying process and have come across a minor dilemma: some agents ask point blank for comparable titles, aka “comps.” We’re still not really sure how to figure out what our comps are, but here’s what we’ve come up with… Now, we weren’t completely unprepared for this question—we’d thought about it. After…

More Inspiration: The DiRel – Olive

(Photo cred.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goddesssherry/105370244/) This is one of a series of posts about inspiration for the novel we’ve written, OF GOLD AND FIRE. The DiRel people – A people ruled by Women Some of the inspiration for the DiRel society, the group that one of our main characters belongs to, comes from the Mosuo (or “Na”) people, a…

Books to Write Books, my Writer’s Library – Olive

Sorry about our brief hiatus. Aristen and I have been busy chipping away at OF GOLD AND FIRE after receiving feedback from beta readers. Consequently, we’ve been neglecting our blog a bit. Oops. Anyway, I’m going to share with  you a few of my favorite books that help me write, especially when I’m stuck on a specific problem. As a disclaimer, I…

Cosplay and Crushes – Olive

I mentioned in a series of tweets that one of our beta readers has really gotten into the story: Giggling girlishly, so beyond happy and totally twitterpated, I typed up those tweets and went along my day, satisfied with a job well done. Sure, we have a lot of work to do on the story to…

What do you call world building while on the toilet? – Aristen

An infodump! /cue laughtrack “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going…

Editing. It’s awful. But… – Olive

It is awful. But there is one thing. I actually like rereading our story. It might seem odd, no matter how many times I’ve read it, I still enjoy it. Certain parts I tend to read over and over, tweaking and adding. So far, we’ve edited ourselves by hand. While I’m an attorney, I tend…

OF GOLD AND FIRE, the first book in the Azura’s Chosen series – Olive

Here’s some information on OF GOLD AND FIRE in the form of a short elevator speech (work in progress): From high in mountains of the southern wastelands, Astara DiRel knew nothing of civilization before slavers in flying beasts stole her away from her isolated but peaceful tribe. After surviving Indoctrination, being infused with the potent magical power…