It is the second day of the FAQ-contest–ask me a question, and you will have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate, and a truly incredibly awesome fantastic very good prize!Â Yesterday was Monday; two questions were asked.Â That means that right now, the marginal chance of winning $15 is 33%, and for a mere two seconds of your time, your expected average earnings are $5, plus 1/3rd of a wonderfully truly incredibly awesome fantastic very good prize.Â Ask away!
In the meantime, some answers to the two questioners yesterday:
Q. What comes first in your books: The characters or the plot?
A. Um . . . yes!Â Honestly, I don’t know.Â I have a lot of ideas for characters in my head. Mostly they just sit there, unused.Â A book starts when I get a really great idea for a plot (or, uh, rather, the start of a plot), and then I say, “Ha!Â That would be such an evil thing to do to that dude who had the Bleak-House-esque mother.” The germ of an actual book is the plot, though, and it’s usually about finding the right character for the plot, than the reverse.Â In the second book I’m writing, the order was inverted, and it has created all kinds of difficulties.Â I’m never writing a book this way again.
Q. Does your husband read your work?
A. Yes, Mr. Milan reads my work! In fact, on my release dates, he is going to be issuing reviews of my work on my blog. Don’t worry; he is a totally unbiased source.Â You shall see.
Want to know more?Â Ask me questions!Â Really–I might even answer them. 😉