Some authors write following an outline while there are those that don’t. The ones that don’t are called “pantsters”. I know, it’s a funny word for something that seems to be so creative. I happen to be one of those “pantsters”. I don’t know why, but if I am not writing a paper for something like school, I can’t follow an outline. In my college days, I would outline the subject in complete detail for a thesis paper or something to that effect. Queen’s Destiny, the first book of The Blood Prophecy series is an example of me being a “pantster”.
What really is a pantster? A pantster is someone who “writes by the seat of their pants” per se. A writer, or author, if you will, who just lets creativity take them on an imaginable journey from the beginning of the novel to the end. Well, that is me! True and true. When I started Queen’s Destiny, it started from a dream that I had and it just continued. As I was writing, I noticed that my tone in the novel was becoming more and more of a bloody, romantic and suggestive content. I was careful to not let my novel take me in one direction more than another. So, again, I let my creative juices flow!
By the time Queen’s Destiny was nearing the end, I really had no idea how it would end or what would happen to the characters that I began to love and admire. What I envision for the book and the series may not be what others would like to see. That is the most frustrating part for me. The second book, Queen’s Enemy is coming to an end and as a pantster, I have no idea of how it will end. In my mind, I already have four very different endings, possibly a fifth. I’m even starting a Street Team to see what my fans’ thoughts are. I find it very interesting to read an email from a fan that told me how much she loved the book but was unhappy that Amber, the Queen, became a vampire. She was hoping for a witch! But overall, these are the things that I find interesting when it comes to different perceptions and all.
My creativity is part of why I relate to the word “pantster” more than the type of author who needs to outline everything. My imagination runs wild and sometimes gets the best of me! As a rule of thumb, my process of writing will require some music, maybe the TV on, or other noise in the background. I just need to hear things in the background while I write. No headphones or anything. Just the regular noise of the house – kids running around playing, TV, you name it. While I hear the “noise” – the pantster keeps writing!
Queen’s Destiny was written to a variety of noise, but one thing remained true. While writing, I usually took a break to call one of my many friends in Seattle each night. I’m from Seattle and I needed a little bit of “home” while writing. The rest, my friends, is me just being a pantster! I don’t know how one book will end, how the next one will begin or what will happen to the series.
Blood Prophecy: Queen’s Destiny
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Publisher: World Castle Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: October 1, 2014
Number of pages: 211 Kindle
Word Count: 71,417
Cover Artist: Kip Ayers
Amber Stone, once a child prodigy, has just become curator of a special collection of Macedonian artifacts for the Seattle Museum of Natural History. Chloe, a prodigy of a different sort, holds a position at the museum focusing on tribal art. The two become fast friends, united by Amber's unsettling dreams and Chloe's unorthodox ways of dealing with them. Two strangers arrive in town, bringing with them a prophecy recorded more than three-thousand years ago, a prophecy that places Amber directly in the midst of a battle that has spanned a millennia.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/79ydZ0W26tk
About the Author:
Barb Jones is a multi-genre author with a very vivid imagination. She writes with an uncanny ability to draw you into the supernatural world. She also carries the talent to write for children and allows them to feel as if they belong to the magical world of King Arthur. Barb is also a successful IT director in addition to being a mother. Her world is filled with imagination, creativity and passion. She made her debut in the paranormal genre with the start of an amazing series called Blood Prophecy for adults and The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent for children.
Currently residing in Sarasota, Florida, she enjoys the beaches and sunshine.