Monday, March 16, 2009

It's A Fun Process










My girls, Courtney and Chloe, are avid readers. Books to them are as essential to their survival as tacos and Dr. Pepper. This - their love of books and teen stories - is where my motivation and direction stemmed from when writing my most recent novel.


The novel I am writing is Teen Fiction (ages 13-18).

I think, with enormous help from my daughters, we might have found the perfect title for this book (and also for the second, third and fourth in the sequel). I'm very excited about the titles, as I believe they are as important to the books as the characters and the plot. (I'm not disclosing the title just yet - but, hopefully very soon). I know that the title could always change, but I am one of those writers that uses the title to help drive a story. I am SUPER EXCITED about the titles!

I'm well into writing the second book. I'm writing it while I continue to edit and revise the first. My daughters are in the process of reading the first book and offering advise and edits. This has been one of the most exciting parts of writing this story - involving my daughters and ... their willingness and desire to participate and contribute. They have offered many excellent ideas and I love that they want to be involved.

I mentioned before that Courtney and Chloe are artists and plan to study art in college. They are very interested in designing the cover for my book and have already come up with 3 cover designs. I AM SO EXCITED! Their designs are really good and I have copies of these covers hanging above my desk and they motivate me everyday to push forward to finish this novel. I am seriously considering putting these three designs on my blog (and any others they might come up with) to see which you like the best.

I will eventually offer more details about the book, but not just yet. I am tediously editing and revising and until I feel the story is in its final form, I'm going to hold off a little while longer before disclosing what the story is about.

Thanks for supporting me through this process. So far, it has been an enormous amount of work, but ... I am having a BLAST!

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17 comments:

Kami said...

Yay! I am excited too, can't wait to read them and see the beautiful artwork your girls have created. And the memories you are building together, that is so wonderful!

Brenda said...

I can't wait to read a preview of your book and see what your daughter's have designed for jackets. What fun it must be to have so much talent in one family! The very best of luck with this project of love Miz Kellan!

We have a bunch of readers who are nearing the right age so they'll be reading your books real soon.

Betsy said...

How exciting!! I can't wait to hear more details!! You are killing me with suspense! Most of the books I read are supposed to be for that age range (ie the Twilight series, VC Andrews ect) CAN'T WAIT!

joan said...

Hi Kellan,

Can't wait to hear more details! I just got hooked on the Twilight series and had always thought they were for teens but who knew adults would love them! The best of luck to you.............

Nicci said...

Yay for you and your girls. How exciting.

Courtney said...

I am glad you are having fun & look forward to the titles & cover choices. Can't wait to hear more.

Karen said...

Have you been in touch with any publishers yet?

~Jamie said...

I am so excited for you! haha I love that they have made cover art! That makes it a family project! Just think someday you will get to see their art at the Barnes and Noble!

Damama T said...

You are way too cool, chick! Can't wait to read more here!

momstheword said...

I look forward to hearing more about it. How fun to be doing this with the help of your girls!

Jaina said...

This sounds so exciting! How neat to involve your girls in this process. I really want to read your novel(s)!

Jen said...

It is so great that your daughters are contributing in so many ways. It is something they will always remember.

Jenny said...

My daughter and I love to share books. It is like we have our own book club event at times. So I can't wait to read your new book. You will sign my copy for me right?

Jessica said...

That's awesome, Kellan! Best of luck! I can't wait to hear more about it!!!

Andrea said...

YES! YES! YES! Please show us the 3 designs for us to vote on!!

So excited for you, and I can't wait to read your first book...you know I'm heading straight out to buy it when it comes out!!

bermudabluez said...

It Is terrific that your girls are involved Kellan! So happy for you! Can't wait to read more about it...

dani said...

kellan, i am really looking forward to reading more about your creation in progress and am really intrigued about the cover designs!!! WOW!!!
love,
dani