I always like to do a stats-type post when I finish a book. And I'll even finally give you some details about Isadora! Without actually telling you what it's about, of course.
First, the working title is FLOOD AND STONE. I love this title--it has a lot to do with the romance part of the book (yes there is kissing) and it makes me happy.
It's my eighth completed novel. (First Keeping King Tut, a dreadfully boring middle grade from October 2004 to July 2006, second Flash, June to July 2008 [the book I got my amazing agent with], third Instinct, December 2008, fourth Paranormalcy, January 2009, fifth Dream of Me, summer 2009, sixth Supernaturally, fall 2009, seventh Paranormalcy3 [I almost accidentally told you the title, aren't you sad I caught it?] January to March 2011. Of those, all but the Paranormalcy series are unpublished, and only Dream of Me remains as one I will eventually try to get published. And I'm okay with that. Every book I've written is important and has helped me, publishable or not.)
Chapters: Heck if I know, I stopped numbering them because it always changes in edits anyway
First draft: 56k (aiming for around 60k with edits, which is shorter than the Paranormalcy series but feels right for this book)
Draft time: Tuesday March 29th to Friday May 20th
Concept time: Initial idea February or March of 2010, (maybe even Christmas 2009, I honestly can't remember) with two started-then-abandoned drafts. Other than Dream of Me, this is the book/idea I have spent the most time with without abandoning it. Usually if an idea doesn't work on the first attempt at a draft I trash it and don't go back. Isadora's story never stopped living in my head, though, so I knew it was a keeper if I just figured out how to tell it.
Brought to you by: Dr Pepper, Neon Trees + Passion Pit + Snow Patrol + Explosions in the Sky Pandora internet radio stations, a present-oriented challenge from my husband, my darling agent's ceaseless hounding (her enthusiasm for this idea is part of why I never let it go), Natalie Whipple's nonstop cheerleadering, Stephanie Perkins' early and invaluable advice, Balboa Park, crushing on a constellation, and a lifelong love of mythology.
Random details from the book: Most of it is set in San Diego, with Balboa Park's Museum of Man playing a large part. Carne Asada French Fries, the most perfect and perfectly disgusting food around, have a cameo. Two characters are named after people in my real life. My mother's love of the desert influenced it, as did my fascination with ancient cultures and religion. Once again life, death, and immortality are themes--I can't quite seem to get away from those ones. Family relationships are a huge part of the book and inform most of the drama. Jewelry and symbolism are both important. Also, though I usually avoid it, I wrote a total wish-fulfillment scene by having Isadora get a funky, edgy haircut because I can't. Oh, and I made her almost six feet tall. Maybe a bit of wish-fulfillment there, too...
I'm so excited about this one. I already know everything that's wrong with it and how much more I have to do in edits, but I love Isadora (and I love her boy) (though she'd probably smack me for calling him that) and I think that it's going to be something special. Isadora is funny and snarky and smart, but she's very different from Evie. Where Evie dealt with everything that had happened to her by clinging to normalcy and carrying this positive, hopeful view of life, Isadora's kind of the opposite. She's closed herself off from everything and everyone around her because she desperately needs to be strong and she thinks that's the best way.
Which, if that were true, obviously we wouldn't have a book.
So, one missing scene to write and then I'm delving into edits on the third Paranormalcy book that I keep almost typing the title for, and then back to polish and perfect FLOOD AND STONE in the hopes that it will be my next series. Oh, also finally doing all those other real life things I was supposed to be doing but haven't. (Yeah. Seriously. Absolutely. Gonna do those things. Mmm hmmm.)
I love my job.