Beautiful Books #1: Homeschool Kids and Vampires

7:00 AM


It's that time again...

NaNoWriMo is coming.

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Today I link up with Cait and Sky for an extra-special thing, in which I talk about my NaNo novel for this year. I'm a teensy bit thrilled about my novel (who am I kidding, I always am -- NaNo is my favorite) so I couldn't resist. 

How this goes down: There are ten questions. I answer the questions. I post the thing. I link up with Cait and Sky. I see other Beautiful Books posts and fangirl over their projects. And so on. 


Let's dive right in. 

THE QUESTIONS


How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I wrote a short story with these characters, and kind of with the beginnings of this plotline, sometime late last year. I was super proud of that short story -- in my mind it was hilarious -- and it just kind of grew into a bigger thing as I kept thinking about it this year. So why not do it for NaNo? I honestly don't remember where the idea came from in the first place, though. I don't have that kind of memory. 

Why are you excited to write this novel?
Because it's hilarious. 

Really, though. I write dark and angsty and bloody things. This is more of a parody than anything else, and paranormal, too -- I don't write paranormal. I'm a hard sci-fi person. So I'm excited to try something new, and something that I can actually use modern pop culture references in. 

Also, I'm doing a different format. Instead of straight prose, it's going to be done as a collection of texts, emails, posters, documents, web pages, audio recording transcripts, and so on. So there's that. Why yes, I am exceedingly excited for ILLUMINAE to come out. 


What is your novel about, and what is the title?

My novel is called We Caught A Vampire (working title), and I'm pitching it as Supernatural meets Psych because I totally can. It's about Booker, Flint, and Natasha, three homeschooled (aw yas) best friends who discover the world of the paranormal and go on a roadtrip to find out. This involves disguising themselves as Very Legit Vampire Hunters so they have an excuse to poke into paranormal things, even though they know nothing about this except for cliches and tropes regarding these beings. There's sass. Vampires. Cliche werewolves. Garlic powder and sharpened fence posts. Fast food. I've been flailing over it for months. 

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
Ahhhh my babies. I'll introduce you to the three MCs, because I haven't really worked anyone else out yet and I adore these three. 

Booker: Heroic 

Flint: Spontaneous 

Natasha: Writer (oh yessss)


Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
Oh gosh, I'm excited about all three of them for very different reasons. 


Basically: Booker is a sweet fluffy ENFJ baby who loves things like The Great Gatsby (spoiler alert: his name is actually Jay) and Jane Austen stuff and loves his friends. Flint is a crazy ENTP conspiracy theorist child who's always dashing off into trouble. Natasha is an INTP writer and I feel her on the writer thing so it'll be a blast to show crazy teenage writers as we really are. Also, all of them are homeschooled, and I cannot wait to write that and all the jokes and such you never see in YA. 

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
I am actually still working on this part. 

For starters, they're after discovering paranormal creatures, but...they're all teenagers who basically have to run away to do this so the police and parents are an actual real issue. And no one is going to believe them even if they can prove that paranormal things exist. Also, there's a vampire out to kill them and they're woefully inexperienced, so. 

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
All over the US, really (look at me, writing a road trip novel), but they're from California and a lot of it takes place in small rusty towns. 

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What is the most important relationship your character has?
*sighs because three MCs* Honestly, though, besides their families, Booker and Flint and Natasha are best friends foreverrrrr and value their three-way friendship more than anything else. Friendships are just my favorite. 

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
This is always such a spoilery question, but... 

Booker: He'll be less scared of the dark, that's for sure. He'll have to be. *chuckles* 
Flint: He'll be...a little less eager to find paranormal things. Because EVENTS. 
Natasha: She'll be a little colder. 

Because let's face it, Psych and vampires was the greatest thing ever. 
What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
LOOK AT ME I'M ACTUALLY WRITING A FAIRLY LIGHTHEARTED THING FOR ONCE. But I'm dealing with plenty of feels and themes also, so. Friendship is a big one. Also food. Deep stuff like that. (In all seriousness, friendship and bravery are major themes.) 

I want to make people laugh! And maybe come away feeling entertained? I'm not going for some life-changing thing here. It's mostly just for fun. But we'll see. 

BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.

  1. Run away while you still can.
  2. Make sure you love your story. It's going to be miserable no matter what, but it'll be slightly less miserable if you love what you're writing. Just sayin'. 
  3. It's going to suck. Absolutely. 100%. Give up on coherency now and just write words and random scenes. Don't worry about perfection because you'll never get it done then.
  4. The thing about November and all that writing is that school is also a thing. Manage your time. Make time. You're not going to have all this free time to write 50k, so make sure you're giving yourself time to do it even if that means waking up earlier or not watching a show until you've achieved your word count goal for the day. I really shouldn't talk about this.
There's the thing! I actually cannot wait to start typing it up and I'm in love with it already, so you guys will see plenty of snippets and talk about it in November. For now...I leave you with a collage.



Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What's your #1 survival/sanity tip? 

50 comments

  1. You had me at Supernatural meets Psych :)
    Friendships are one of my favorite things to read (and write) about, and I haven't been able to find too many YA books focusing on friendship over romance, so your project sounds great! It's even harder to find YA books about homeschoolers--so, yeah, I'm super excited about this. Plus, the title. I LOVE the title.
    Great post!

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    1. Yessss we need more friendship books! I'm always saying that and I've been wanting to write one focused entirely on that for a while. (I mean, all of my books have strong friendships, but...)

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  2. this sounds so freakin' amazing... can't wait to learn more about your characters and the story. It's sounds pretty incredible.

    Also--amen to homeschooled MCs. there needs to be more of that going around in YA. And not just extremely sheltered ones...we homeschoolers definitely fall under some of the stereotypes...but not all of them all of the time. XD

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    1. Ahhhh thank you! I'm basically throwing in all the things I love and it'll be a chaotic mess because NaNo so we'll see how that goes.

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  3. This sounds right up my alley, honestly Vampires and Homechoolers what a combination. I need this book, like I need to read it.

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    1. Thank you! I've never written something like this before o.0

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  4. NatasHA WILL BE A LITTLE COLDER
    I'm dying
    I can't
    This is going to be beautiful

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  5. I AM FANGIRLING OVER THIS BECAUSE OH MY GOSH YOU'RE WRITING A CHARACTER WHO IS AN INTP WRITER AND I ALREADY LOVE SAID CHARACTER BECAUSE I AM AN INTP WRITER. *deep breath* *coughs* Anyway. This sounds fabulous and totally something I would read. It sounds like it's going to be hilarious and *coughs again* I'm already kind of attached to your characters.

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    1. YES I HAVE ALL THE EXCITEMENT INTPS ARE THE BEST AND WRITERS ARE THE BEST AND AH. :P

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    2. I WANT TO READ THIS EVEN THOUGH IT ISN'T WRITTEN YET.

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  6. OH MY GOSH I CANNOT EXPLAIN MY EXCITEMENT FOR THIS I NEED THIS NOW LIKE PLEASE HOW EARLY CAN I GET THIS. xD
    ALSO, YOU DIDN'T TELL ME IT WAS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLERS.
    AND A WRITER YESSS.
    ROAD TRIPS.
    OH MY GOSH I CAN'T STOP THE EXCITEMENT.
    EXCUSE ME WHILE I SQUEAL AND READ THIS AGAIN AND I'M NEVER GOING TO STOP TALKING IN CAPS ABOUT THIS OKAY BYE.

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    1. I AM SO GLAD YOU'RE EXCITED I WILL RANT TO YOU ABOUT THIS THING LOTS YES

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  7. AHHH I NEED TO READ THIS SO BAD LIKE AT THIS EXACT MOMENT WHY IS IT NOT WRITTEN YET??? *hyperventilates* Sorry. Bu-bu-but HOMESCHOOLERS!! And VAMPIRES!!! And WRITERS!!! And ROADTRIPS!!! And I READ THAT SHORT STORY AND IT WAS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER and I need this novel ASAP.

    I'm actually not a vampires person. Not even evil vampires. But somehow you managed to make it sound so goooood. And I neeeed it. And I should really shut up now because I'm just saying the same thing over and over but OH MY WORD.

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    1. Haha, I'm not a vampire person either. And somehow this is happening. I don't even know what I'm doing anymore. :P

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  8. THIS SOUNDS GREAT. And yes, I freely admit that Psych is the best thing ever, all the episodes, but omg that vampire one. But basically all the episodes, omg. *flails* AHEM. So basically your pitch is the best thing ever. ;) And FUNNY?!!? Funny is important. xD
    I also adore your list of tips! SO TRUE. I think it's important to write what makes you happy/excited because they you can't wait to glue yourself to the keyboard right?! *whips out super glue* I am so ready for November. ^_^
    Thanks for joining in!

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    1. I haven't watched Psych in forever...this needs to happen again o.0

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  9. Psych meets Supernatural.
    That got me hooked.

    this sounds great!

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    1. Thank you! I haven't even seen any Supernatural, but thanks to the internet I'm very well informed about it. xD

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    2. Ohohohohohohohoh. Watch it. Supernatural is amazing. I'm on season four, waiting for my little sis to catch up. Shipping and ohHECKnot-shipping and killing things and emotions and funniness and family and blood splatters on walls - it's awesome. WAAAAAAATCH IIIIIIT.

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  10. THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!! Finally, a group of teenagers who have actual parents. Can't wait to hear more!

    (And I've tagged you for the Tag of Randomocity, if you're interested.)

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    1. Oh, definitely -- there are parents and families and I have all the excitement over it yessss.

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  11. Whoaaaa this sounds fascinatingly exciting. o___o I'm normally not into vampires/paranormal stuff, but I would totally read this.

    And my survival tip, even though I'm not doing NaNo (I'M BUSY, OKAY?) is word war as much as you can. Word warring makes you throw perfectionism out the window and just write, which is fabulous.

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    1. Thank you! I'm totally not a paranormal person 99.99% of the time, so I don't even know where this came from. We'll see how it goes. xD And word wars are amazingggg.

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  12. Normally when people talk about their projects, I'm like, "Eh, might be interesting, don't really care," BUT THIS-- THIS IS BEAUTY AND PERFECTION. I read the short story on your other blog (that you shut down for some reason?) and it was GLORIOUS, and, well, let's just say I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR THIS THING YOU SHOULD TOTALLY PUBLISH IT (when you get it finished) BECAUSE IT WOULD BE FAMOUS AND I WOULD READ IT FOREVER AND EVER. *takes deep breath* so yeah. Cool.

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    1. Oh my gosh, thanks! <3 I'm thinking about putting at least part of it on Wattpad, maybe? Either way it'll be a blast to write and I'm thrilled that people are enthusiastic about it.

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  13. Okay, I am so not into vampires and such but this sounds super duper awesome and I would like to read it right now. Just sayin'.

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  14. This sounds awesome. XD I haven't read much vampire lit (the one I did read was a bore >_>), but this sounds hilarious. :D This'll be my first go at NaNo, so I don't have any advice... I do agree though with your point. Make sure you love your story. :3 I can be an indecisive person sometimes, and a small fear is that I'll get tired of my novel during November. o.o I'm already feeling meh about the worldbuilding and things I'm doing for it. o.o

    Good luck to you this Nocember. :3 May the keyboard smoke with the speed of the typing. ;)

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    1. I actually haven't read many vampire books either! This whole thing is 100% new to me and I'm scared and excited and intimidated because paranormal anything is not my department. Good luck to you this NaNo season, as well! :D

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  15. INTP writer! I have another twin! This is the second INTP character I found today while reading Beautiful Books posts. So happy there's another one ^ ^
    *looks at Natasha* You, me, Denny's, 12am, writing all night. Sound like a plan?
    This is my first time doing NaNo and I'm so excited! As a university student it will be difficult but I"m up for it ;)
    Your pieces of advice are very helpful. I agree: you gotta love your story or you won't care enough to revise it after.
    Good luck on this! It sounds like it's gonna be awesome!

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    1. Huzzah! I loveeee you INTPs. You're fascinating and so interesting to write. xD Thank you!

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  16. OH, this sounds sooooo good Aimee! Please share it once you've finished!!! I used to love vampire novels, and I bet yours would be PERFECT.

    I... basically have nothing else constructive to say, except for that I'm feeling super nervous about NaNo right now... MY PLANNING HAS COME TO NOTHING (yet). I'm hoping it will all become clear as I write, but yeah. Nervous. But your NaNo tips were great! I'm coming to terms with the fact that the first draft is going to be ridiculous, but mostly I'm concerned about making time for NaNo. I've scheduled 4 days off work for November, plus weekends to catch up, but it's a tiny bit scary thinking that ALL my free time will be devoted to one thing... Sigh.

    Beth x
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    1. Thank you! I'm thinking about putting it on Wattpad, which would be scary but I kind of feel good about it at the same time? o.0 NaNo is terrifying. And awesome. And allll the things.

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  17. So, this sounds amazing in every conceivable way.

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  18. Best wishes for your novel! Yay! Homeschooled characters! We need more of those! I'm doing NaNo as well and I also did Beautiful Books. ^ ^ http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2015/10/beautiful-books-introduce-your-novel.html

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    1. Yessss homeschool characters are few and far between and we need more of them, so I can't wait to start this.

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  19. Oooh, sounds like a fun story! It's so interesting to see how many people take a different direction when they decide to combine humor and vampires, you know? I hope your Nanoing goes swimmingly, but I won't stake a guarantee on it (ha ha worst vampire pun ever). Happy writing!

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    1. I usually avoid vampires because that's not my thing...so I'm not sure why this is happening o.o But since it is, I'm just gonna roll with it. *groans at pun*

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  20. This sounds great! Also homeschoolers!, which will be unique. I'm excited to hear more about this, Aimee, it sounds very un-steampunk and un-dark, which will be a change.

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  21. Supernatural meets Psych?? Awww yeaaah.

    The homeschoolers idea is a really great idea. Why did I not think of this?! (Because let's face it, us homeschoolers are prettty cool). And don't you just love the short stories that turn into novels? It seems like that happens all.the.time.

    This story sounds so interesting!! I'll definitely be following this story! :D

    ~Emily

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  22. This. Sounds. Awesome!

    And that cover. SWOON.

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  23. YAY ANOTHER STORY WITH AN ENTP MC!!!!! AAA THIS IS SO EXCITING, I CAN'T BELIEVE I AM JUST SEEING THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I have an ENTP too, I'll catapult her into your universe so they can meet :) hehe

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