Saturday, May 21, 2011

Presenting Isadora

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 Of those, all but the Paranormalcy series are unpublished, and only Dream of Me remains as one I will eventually try to get published.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.)

Pages: 218
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.

29 comments:

Daisy Whitney said...

Hurrah! I love these type of stats. I was thinking today too about earlier books I've written that were never pubbed and how it's not that different than Mia of If I Stay/Where She Went practicing the cello for hours upon hours on end. No time spent writing is ever lost - it's all part of the craft, part of the practice, part of how we learn and improve and get to Carnegie Hall! (Or to Barnes and Noble shelves!). CANT WAIT TO READ FLOOD AND STONE!

Renee Collins said...

You had me at carne asada french fries.


Also, yay for a tall protag! This means you modeled her after me, right?? ;)

Kiersten White said...

Heck yes, Renee. Also, you have to cut your hair now. Sorry.

Daisy--Yes! The hours of practice is exactly it.

nicolekrell said...

Congratulations on finishing another one! Can't wait to read it. To pass the time until Supernaturally comes out, my daughter is rereading Paranormalcy. She's says it's one of her all time favorite books. (That says A LOT considering how much she reads.)

nicolekrell said...

Um, I meant 'she' says. I really should proofread my comments.

Felicity said...

You know I really hope it get's published to. I also wish it would rain in San Diego because I love your books ( I have good taste. Don't I?)
Also what happened to All Trends book. I'm guessing that was a joke.

Robin Weeks said...

Sounds awesome--can't wait to read it!

Also, when CAN you tell us the title of P3?

beth said...

o.O

I am...INTRIGUED.

Kimberly Sabatini said...

Sounds fantastic!!!!! Can't wait to meat Isadora. :o)

Jenna Cooper said...

Yes! San Diego! Love my hometown, and a book set in it could only be awesome!

Mary said...

Sounds FABU!! And I love your job, too. Keep writing beautiful, fun, interesting characters and stories!

Jordan McCollum said...

So is it more liberating or terrifying to be writing for yourself without a contract?

Kiersten White said...

Interesting question, Jordan. I think for this book it was very necessary. I wanted to have a finished book before I sold it so that it would be what I wanted it to and my editor would know exactly what she was getting.

Anita Saxena said...

Loved reading the writing/drafting stats. Thank you for sharing.

Whirlochre said...

Queen of Speed.

Sophia Richardson said...

The book sounds totally intriguing and I'm right there with you in writing a make-over wish fulfilment scene which ultimately didn't make the cut (ah, bad pun).
- Sophia.

Suzy Turner said...

Oooh how exciting... another Kiersten book to look forward to! I think it sounds fab... can't wait!
Suzy Turner, YA urban fantasy author
http://suzyturner.blogspot.com

mmshaunakelley said...

I can't wait for this!
By the by, I am a YA author myself-- just posted a review of Paranormalcy on my blog, if you're interested!
www.mmshaunakelley.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

This is an awesomely helpful post! Thanks!

LinWash said...

Yay! My brother used to live in San Diego about half an hour from Balboa Park. Those are my old stomping grounds. It will be fun to recognize the sites you describe.

Artemis Grey said...

Love Love Love hearing what you're up to! So excited for more scrumptious reading, from you.

I also love that you listed all of the books you've written, published and unpublished. Whenever anyone asks me how many I've written, I count everything, even if it's one I know will never see daylight, but I've had some folks wave and suggest that those shouldn't count. I'm like 'They came out of me the same way as the marketable ones so they totally count!'

Elizabeth Poole said...

Congratulations on finishing!

And if you would consider doing a post talking about how you managed to keep going despite all the false starts, I would be forever and eternally grateful.

I feel like I am in the middle of the tunnel of false starts that you talked about. I wrote the beginning of the book I am revising right now four times before I found the right place. And now in revision I find the middle and end falls apart, so I get to rewrite the last half of the book.

But yet, I love this book and I want to keep going.

Any advice you might have would be awesome.

In the meantime, good luck on selling your new book!

Madeleine said...

Your excitement is infecting! I can't wait to read Isadora! You saw how nuts I went when trying to get my hands on PARANORMALCY. Now that I know how fabulous your books are, I'll be doing everything but selling my soul for an ARC of FLOOD AND STONE in the future!!

Lauren said...

Thanks for these stats, Kiersten! You inspire us all...Can't wait for FLOOd AND STONE!

Rachel Pudelek said...

Thanks so much for posting the stats! I'm a writer hoping to be a published author and I love seeing how others do it! Keep it up!

PS. I loved your book! Just finished it today! Can't wait for the next one.

Athena said...

Ooh, you've made me want to read it! And there's kissing in it?? Man, I want to read this right now.

Michelle Wolfson said...

I have no idea what you're talking about. I have been sitting here patiently waiting for Isadora. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I gave her a second thought, let alone mentioned her to you. I barely even remembered her name. What's this book about again??

Kailia Sage said...

Congrats!

Jessie Clark said...

Congratulations! I'm excited to buy them all :)