Monday, April 18, 2011

How does Lorena Bathey see her story form?

I am happy to welcome author Lorena Bathey to A Few More Pages today, who I asked to share with us how she sees a story form. Here is what she had to say:
We all remember the phrase "once upon a time" that all our favorite stories began with. Today there are new words that offer the chance of excitement when a story is being told. They vary from every writer but the chance of being swept away in a book is still the possibility we want.

I have always been a reader that has to preview a story. I will stand in a bookstore reading the first and second pages to see if the story, characters, and writing grab me. But when you are writing your own book, it's not quite the same process.

My stories usually start with one character. I will see a person in my head or get a name and I hear their story unfold. More like a movie, this character begins to live their life in my head. I record what I see and am open to what happens next.

Seems odd that I don't plan it out, doesn't it? Many writers do flow charts and craft out each chapter to see how the plot unfolds. I don't do this. I do have to keep track of the characters, their families, and the details of what they do and always have a notes page to every book I write. But everything else pretty much forms along by itself.

This freaks some people out. Other writers I know are boggled that I don't set down the plot lines and diagram the exciting and key moments in the book. I just don't work that way and when someone suggests trying this method it makes me clench my teeth. Instead, if I get stuck or the writing isn't flowing faster than I can type, I set it aside and let it simmer. Usually I'll get a new idea or situation that will fix the problem I got stuck on.

Reading and re-reading is imperative for me to stay in the groove of the story. Like a pianist who loses their touch when they don't practice their music, I lose the touch of my characters if I stay away too long. Then I must sit down and read what I've already written so that their voice becomes the voice I hear and I can begin writing their story again.

This works together to create a novel filled with interesting characters and hopefully new and improved stories that keep you up late so you can finish reading about them.

My first novel has just been released. It's called Beatrice Munson and it’s the story of a woman, Marissa Lyons, who has become the statistical single mother in the suburbs of San Martino. Here all the women have begun to look like their homes, in varying shades of beige. But when Marissa's high school nemesis, Beatrice Munson, moves in across the street from her, everything begins to change.

The women of this neighborhood find their worlds shaken when Beatrice shows them that life is meant to be lived fully. Beatrice's defining moment in life was to get a boob job or go to Egypt and choosing travel she has returned to her hometown with a remarkably different take on life.

A story of friendship, thwarted love, drag queens, handsome lawyers, and amazing party planning, Beatrice Munson is a book you curl up with until three in the morning finishing.

As a special gift for the followers of A Few More Pages Blog, I'd like to offer a discount on the eBook version of Beatrice Munson.
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 About the author:
Growing up in the Bay Area of Northern California, Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English. Then she traveled, learned about life, and developed great fodder for a book. Losing her mother to cancer and her own marriage’s demise brought her to find herself. She wrote Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother and found speaking and empowering others was her passion.

Lorena Bathey found after writing her first book that characters were visiting her mind and wouldn't leave. She was introduced to Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life. After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.

After meeting the love of her life, they embarked on the thrilling life to follow their dreams bringing their families along for the ride. Today Lorena has nine novels in her writing queue all with screenplays in the works.

But writing isn't the only muse that inspires Lorena. She has become a passionate photographer and likes to push the envelope taking shots while learning how to navigate Photoshop. Travel, walking, enjoying new restaurants, and Italy are other loves and things she makes sure she has time for.
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