Happy Monday everyone! Today we would like to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. YA Author Shelley Workinger. Her works include Solid and soon to release Settling. Shelley is here today to share a bit of an insight on how the Solid series began.
At the risk of sounding a bit corny (or should I say flaky?), the “Solid” series came together a lot like a snowman. What will eventually be one complete whole – made up of three dependent parts – all started with just one small speck.
That first idea – the romantic scene that eventually became chapter twelve of “Solid” – was born in a dream. Now, I have vivid dreams all the time, but that one really stuck with me – kind of like good snowman-making snow , I couldn’t stop thinking about how those people could’ve ended up in that setting. That tiny What? quickly rolled into a How?, then a Why?, and I just kept pushing that ball across the field of questions until I had a solid base for a story.
So that bottom piece (book one – “Solid
”) was built by answering some of each of the traditional W’s: Where are they? Who are they? Why are they there? What has happened, is happening now, and how? But the main job of the first book was to provide the foundation for the series, so the only question that gets fully answered is the Where? In “Solid
,” you find out where they are, why they’re there, and why their parents are not. You are also given some insight into the Who?, which is really the focus of book two. You met the characters in “Solid
,” but you get to know them in “Settling
” – the middle book of the series, or the core of the snowman.
You can safely assume that “Settling” will also set up the What? questions to be answered in book three (“Sound”): What can the kids do and what are they going to do with these abilities? And that’s when you’ll finally get the complete Why? and How? – the most cerebral questions saved for the head of the creation.
I hope hearing how one small idea “snow-balled” into a series gives readers a fun perspective on the whole.
You can find more about Shelley and her books at:
Check out my review of Solid HERE
Check out my review of Settling HERE
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Shelley is offering a final copy with bookmark of Settling to a lucky commenter.
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This giveaway is open US Only
Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 25th
and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
For those of you who don’t win Shelley is
also offering a promotion if you buy “Settling” in the month of July,
you get the ebook of “Solid” free!