Thank you R. K. Lander for this post! Check out her books, they are really really good. Like so good.
Path of a Novice – Book 1
Road of a Warrior – Book 2
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
As an author, I can be totally comfortable writing some scenes while others will give me one, massive headache. For instance, writing a battle scene is something I love. I will imagine the scenes over and over in my head, until they play like a movie. I can even hear the music as my main character battles with a Deviant or a Sand Lord. They attack and parry, the blows heavier and heavier until Fel’annár somersaults over his hideous opponent and then lashes out with his long sword, slicing its head off while his shorter sword arches up and around, stabbing another rotten Deviant who thought to take him from the side… OK! I’ll stop, and I think you have the picture, right? I am incorrigible.
Sometimes, I will even reach for my industrial-sized toilet paper rolls and perform the moves myself – just as I have written them. Does it work? Is it logical? Would it really happen like that? Everything is ok as long as the neighbours don’t see me through the kitchen window!
I also love scenes with political intrigue. I love the rhetoric, the scepticism, the fleeting glances and knowing gazes. I love riling the reader and then giving satisfaction as the victim becomes the victor.
However, for me, the challenge comes in the guise of romance. I mean even the word itself is open to such a wide diversity of interpretation. What is romance? How do I understand it and does that coincide with what others expect of a romantic scene? I have always felt myself struggle with romantic scenes and yet the results I get are, surprisingly, not so bad. But then maybe that is because love is way more universal in its interpretation. You can have a romantic scene between two lovers who may never see each other again, a fleeting moment of joy, and then you can have a scene between two people who love each other. To me, there is a massive difference; the interaction, the emotions, the pain and suffering. I can’t do the former but I can do the latter.
Which brings me to chapter 14 of Road of a Warrior, the second book in The Silvan series. It was a massive challenge because this chapter has battle, heartbreak, love, magic and dialogue galore. I remember endless days with my beta reader, M.Y. Leigh, and my editor Andrea Lundgren (andrealundgren.com) – grinding out the scenes, fleshing them out, changing them and then changing them again until they were as good as they could be. I would be extremely interested in hearing from anyone who reads the book to lend me their thoughts, of course.
When I look back to my debut novel, Path of a Novice, the first book in The Silvan series, I still love it, but I can see just how far I have come as a writer in the year it took me to prepare book two. Part of that success is due to my own enthusiasm, naturally, but it has also been about finding the right people to accompany me on the journey. A brilliant editor and a marvellous beta reader have made such a huge difference and I truly hope to have them by my side for book three, Dawn of a Legend.
If you are a writer, what scenes do you especially love to write? Which ones do you hate and all-importantly – why?