Each Saturday I will be answering some reader questions. So here we go!
Jonquil Alexia asks: Does Yasmine get inspiration for characters/story lines in the trees/mountains/scenery surrounding her?
A: Hi, Jonquil. Yes, I do—you may often notice that the setting in my books is almost a character in its own right. And since my books are all regional, I know the area and really try to give my readers the feel for what it’s like around here. Granted, it snows more in my books than it does here, but overall, what you read about? Is what I have seen in my area.
Windy Landercasper McDivitt asks: How long does it take her to start and finish a book on average?
A: Hello Windy! I write 3+ books a year, so maximum four months each, but usually, about three. Which means I work my ass off and put in long, long hours.
Melanya Craven asks: I know that LKH has a post it wall for book ideas, bits of dialogue etc. How does Yasmine deal with that? Does she have a post it wall too?
A: Hi Melanya. I know what you’re talking about, but no. I don’t have a full wall dedicated to that. I do, however have Post It notes covering a lot of my desk by the time I’m into a book, plus a steno pad beside me with dozens of notes scribbled down, and notes on the “reverse outline” that I build as I write my way through the book.
Krystal Pinson asks: I want to know how she came up with her character names. Do they have a meaning to her, do some of them have a translation in another language, etc? I want to know how she came up with the D’Artigo sister’s names and personalities. Sorry I’m so curious.
A: Hi there, Krystal! Curiosity is a good thing! Most of my characters—the main ones especially—already have names when they appear in my mind. My subconscious works on its own, and when ideas come to me, it’s like I have been bumping them around for awhile, so they already have names and personalities. Occasionally, when I do create a name for a creature or a non-recurring character, I will research word origins and then alter them to give the hint of what the character/creature might be like. Or—for example in the Whisper Hollow Series—I researched a number of Irish surnames.
Kris Saluga asks: Will Menolly and Camille ever see and talk to Arial now that they know the full story about her?
A: What a good question. And a very simple answer: I have no idea. I guess we’ll find out as I write the rest of the books! ~laughing~
Okay, that’s it for now. Check in next Saturday for more reader questions!