Thursday, December 1, 2011

YA Carnival

Welcome to Amy Jones Young Adult Fantasy Fiction and the twenty - first post in the YA Indie Carnival. The carnival is designed for authors, readers and reviewers of YA Indie books. Each Friday this team of YA Indies will post on a common theme.

This week’s post theme is Fictional Recipes! How do authors invent the themes and characters for their stories and how do we organize and communicate our ideas to our readers?

Personally, I find that I have a very random approach to writing. I don't need to seek out the ideas for my books, instead my characters come to me through dream, everyday life experiences, history or just plain old curiousity running rampant. I feel quite fortunate that my characters seem to find their way into my psyche and push their way to the surface of my consciousness with little effort on my part.

So, how many of these brain invaders actually tranlate their way into stories? The Soul Quest Trilogy is the first series of voices in may head to make their way into print on paper (or ereader). Some of my fictional friends are fully profiled and plotted while others remain solitary concepts. I have dozens of fantastic potential heriones and heroes saved on my flashdrive. Some I believe will one day transform into a full series while others will accomplish their mission in one single novel. Some of them will make you fall in love with them while others will keep you on the edge of your seat praying for their safety, but all of them will possess some paranormal condition. It seems the supernatural always finds its way into my plotting. Perhaps this is a product of an over active imagination (or an escape from super, uber, normal suburbia land).

Yeah, yeah, I know... there is nothing awe inspiring or extraordinary about my creative process. I suppose it would be much more impressive if my inspiration came from a vampire dog (I don't have one), prophetic visions (none as of yet) or living next to alien neighbors (actually, I'm not entirely sure this isn't a possibility - just kidding!). No, I'm afraid the fruit of my fictional recipes stems simply from good old fashion imagination.

Well, that's my two cents. Make sure you make rounds to the rest of the carni stops in the carnival!

Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7.Lexus Luke8.PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy10.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed12.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13.Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15.Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews 16.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18.Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19.Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind20.Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler22.Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter24.TG Ayer
25.Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood 

What's new this week

Coming December 16! You let us know why you've been naughty or nice and enter to win books at each carni's booth all week, from 12/16 to 12/23. On Dec. 23, find out what books you've won! 
'Tis the Season of the Squeee!
In preparation for December’s release of Guardians of the Cross, author T. R. Graves is sending out a coupon which will allow the most-recent edition Warriors of the Cross Click here to downloaded for FREEEnter coupon LY87N good through 12/20/11. Guardians of the Cross will be released 12/24!

Check out the new trailer for The Midnight Guardian series by Bryna Butler!

Melissa Pearl, YA author of Golden Blood has just started a new blog called YAlicious. It's a blog to celebrate YA fiction and aimed at teens and readers of YA. Swing on by and check it out!

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now

The Valkyrie Novels, a series of 3 novels- Dead Radiance, Dead Embers and Dead Chaos, by T.G. Ayer will be published in 2012 by the amazing team at Evolved Publishing. See T.G. Ayer's announcement here!


  1. So you're a bit of a pantster... just like me! It's a great way to write! ; )

  2. This is VERY inspiring--I love the characters my insanity creates (I have to believe it's my insanity--otherwise I'm hearing voices I have no control over... gulp!) And whether they turn into full-fledged heroes or heroines or not, the spark of passion lives in every one of them.
    Lovely post!

  3. Amy, there is so much magic in the every day. It's like M. said about...the shower. I call it my Idea Chamber. I think it's lovely that you not only have characters inside your head, but that you take the time to get to know them :) Great post!

  4. Thanks guys! It's nice to know some folks find my quirkiness endearing! LOL!

  5. Amy, I think our writing style is very comparable. Real life and imagination. That is exactly how I write.

  6. Agreed T.R. Make the mundane marvelous! Right? :)