Creative Writing World Building Camp

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Every summer, I teach creative writing camps at UGA. This year, my camp will be available online, which means you don’t have to be in Athens to go! There’s only a few spots left. Interested? Check out the description below:

Whether your story is set out of this world or closer to home, learning to create a vibrant setting, filling it with three dimensional characters, and creating rational laws for magic or far future technology will set your work apart. Join us for a week of creative writing, where you’ll learn how to world build like a pro. Each day will include a combination of hands-on activities that help us develop details, learning strategies from best-selling authors like Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card, workshops with fellow writers, and of course, time to write. We will also be spending time editing and revising our pieces in one-on-one and group writing workshops, so that by the end of the week everyone in the program will have a vibrant world for their stories. No prior writing or camp experience required, but students are encouraged to come in with an outline or a story idea to expand.

When: Monday, June 15, 2020 to Friday, June 19, 2020
Where: UGA Virtual Academy
How: Sign up here! 

 

Also, Venus Rising is still on sale. Get your copy today. 

Ask Me Anything: Brendan

LauranaBrendan asks….
I stumbled across one of your older posts where you listed Laurana from Dragonlance as one of your favorite heroines. Laurana is my favorite fictional character, and I’m always interested in other’s people’s thoughts on her, so my questions to you are:
1) is she still one of your favorite heroines and if so
2) what is it about her that made her stand out to you?

Great question Brendan!

I grew up on the Dragonlance series. Twelve year old me latched on to her character because she resonated with me on more levels than, say Kit could. But she remained one of my favorite characters because she embodies so many contradictions. She’s a pretty elf, but she wasn’t hyper-sexualized like Tika. She was basically a princess, but she was treated like an inconvenience by pretty much everyone for book one. She’s an elf, which symbolically has always stood for this kind of unchangeable, old-guard mentality (particularly by Tanis, but also every other fantasy novel at the time), but she has one of the most drastic character arcs of the series.

She’s also very flawed, which is something I craved in my heroines when I was younger, and appreciate as an adult. She gets to be a hero despite being a bit desperate for attention, naive, and clingy, because she’s also brave and passionate and smart. Her strengths mirror her weaknesses in a way that make it clear one wouldn’t exist without the other. Yes, she’s a bit desperate and clingy and wants to be loved, but she’s also incredibly loyal to the friends she has and won’t leave them no matter the danger to her. Not many stories do the strengths = weaknesses as well.

She grows up on the page, and I related to the persons he was and love the person she became. And she never became one of those untouchable, unflawed, perfect strong female characters ™ in the process.

 

 

Venus Rising is on sale

Venus Rising Audiobook

Are you ready to finish the series? Venus Rising is .99 cents until the end of May. Also available on Whispersync

Aphrodite is in big trouble this time. She’s stranded on the island of the DAMNED–without powers and without her beloved Ares. Worse, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the demigods figure out she’s a goddess. If that happens, she’ll wish she were dead.

Help arrives in the form of an unlikely ally. But Medea has her own demands, and if Aphrodite wants to survive–not to mention find Hades and the weapons cache–she has to meet them.

But all their plans take a back seat when they find themselves in even more pressing danger. When Medea moved the island, she rendered it unstable. Now it’s breaking apart and sinking. In the chaos, the demigods have risen up, blaming the gods for their misfortune. Nobody is safe from the demigods . . . especially a Pantheon sympathizer like Aphrodite. And they’ve come up with a deadly test to uncover any imposters.

Aphrodite knows she can’t do this alone. It will take the whole Pantheon to get her out of this mess. Unfortunately, they’ll have to find her first . . .

Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA and Masters in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series.

Ask Me Anything: Jennifer

Hello, this isn’t a question, but I wasn’t sure how best to reach out to you. I have been reading your books during this quarantine, and I just wanted to let you know that they have been a lifeline. I hope you and your loved ones are safe, and thank you for your writing! ❤ Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m glad my books have provided some distraction from social isolation. I’ve had a really hard time reading, which is weird for me. I can’t stay focused long enough. So I’ve been doing lots of cooking and cleaning, which is also weird for me, but it keeps me moving around and off facebook.

But other than a growing TBR pile and a sparkling clean house, I’ve been very fortunate through the virus. Me and mine are all safe and sound, I hope everyone in your life is healthy and safe as well.

Have a great Monday!

Kaitlin

 

There’s a reason they keep comparing it to the zombie apocalypse…

If you do not open the gate for me to come in,
I shall smash the door and shatter the bolt,
I shall smash the doorpost and overturn the doors,
I shall raise up the dead and they shall eat the living:
And the dead shall outnumber the living!

~The Descent of Ishtar (Gilgamesh)

If you’re feeling like you’re living out the opening montage of a post-apocolyptic thriller right now, you’re not alone. Humans have a tendency to look for patterns, especially when they’re afraid. And the hopeless outbreak plot line is one that we have repeated over and over again in popular fiction, right back to Mesopotamia.

But even back in Mesopotamia, the zombies themselves were never more than a symbol of a larger fear. Something to fight when the thing you’re afraid of is invisible, ever-present.

Sometimes that fear was gods and their unknowable tempers, or magic and its mysterious ways, monsters or extra-terrestrials, with their alien desires. Things that could change the people we loved into something unrecognizable. Something that could change us, if we weren’t careful. Then, we learned to be afraid of things like radiation, bacteria, sleeper spies,  or viruses. Subtroped within each of these fears was the certainty we’d doom ourselves by flying too close to the sun. We’d try to bring back the dead in experiments gone terribly wrong, a miraculous cure for disease would backfire, our meddling with nature would do us in somehow. 

But the thing about horror stories is they’re designed to be exercises in thought. A way to let our brains work out the what-ifs, to follow our fears to the worst possible conclusion and put down the book, safe and sound. Unfortunately, when a similar enough situation plays out in real life, your mind is going to grab on to that repeated pattern and follow it to the conclusion. So if you’re feeling a slow, creeping fear of the inevitable right now, there’s a chance you’re reacting one of the following ways.

Denial. Everyone is overreacting. Nothing is wrong. I’m going to prove it. See, look at me, out and about.

Depression. We’re all infected, what’s the point?

Panic. If you don’t have all the things, how will you and your family survive?

Anxiety. Gotta keep those eyes glued to the screen, because if you don’t know what’s coming, you don’t know how to react.

If you’re finding yourself feeling like any combination of the above, do yourself a favor and engage  in activities that aren’t plot worthy. Turn off the news. Stop reading articles. Don’t watch or read anything in the disaster genre. I get that intellectually, you know you’re not actually in a zombie movie, but subconsciously, your brain may not be convinced. The more normal (while maintaining social isolation) things you do, the less this feels like a plot line. The less this feels like a predictable plot line, the less your brain will grip that pattern.

 

Ask Me Anything: Ana

Ana sent a question through my Ask Me Anything link! If you’d like me to ask a question to answer in future blogs,click here:

Question: Hello, first of all I want to tell you that I am a big fan of yours, and that I am fascinated by the characters in your books. I have some questions for you: Do we follow the stories of Persefone and Hades? Or maybe Ares and Aphrodite too? a book of little stories about them would be great.

Answer: Hi Ana! Thank you for your kind comment! You have no idea how much it brightens my day to hear from a fan.

In general, the Persephone trilogy focuses more on Persephone and Hades myths, with other mythological characters taking supporting roles, while the Aphrodite trilogy focuses more on Aphrodite heavy myths with Persephone and Hades (among others) taking the supporting roles. In future books, Persephone and Aphrodite will take supporting roles as I explore the major myths for other goddesses, like Artemis.

So you will see more of both, likely even as point of view characters, but they won’t be the protagonists for any further stories. Just side characters.

2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
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I love the Goodreads Reading Challenges. This year, I’m challenging myself to read a book a week. I read all the time, but since a chunk of my reading life is critiquing unpublished manuscripts or samples, I can’t log them on Goodreads. I love critiquing for my writers group and for my students, but I need to read outside of editing mode.

I learn so much as a writer by reading, especially when I read genres I’m less familiar with. So this year I really want to challenge myself to read classics and unfamiliar genres.

But to start with,  I’m reading The Toll by Neal Shusterman. What’s your first book of the year?

Ask me anything question from Tasha

Tasha sent the following question through my ask me anything form.

Name: Tasha

Comment: Hey! Big fan of The Daughters of Zeus books! I was wondering if there are any plans to continue the series or possibly some short stories just to get a little update on how everyone is doing. Or if there is plans to make a spin-off series?
Thanks so much for the question, Tasha. I’m always so happy to hear from people who enjoyed my books :D.
I do plan to write a trilogy featuring Artemis and Otrera as they navigate all the changes that occurred at the end of Venus Rising (and hunt down some escaped souls). All of the characters will make an appearance throughout the trilogy through dreamwalking or interactions.
I do have some short stories planned, and I’m planning to release those in an omnibus edition of each trilogy.
I can’t give you a date for those stories or the trilogy, because right now I’m swept up in my NANOWRIMO project. But I should have an update in January.

Venus Rising Audiobook

Venus Rising Audiobook

Did you know I narrate my own audiobooks? As of today, you can get the entire Daughters of Zeus series on audible. Check out my latest release in the Daughters of Zeus universe now.

Venus Rising

The final battle….

Aphrodite is in big trouble this time. She’s stranded on the island of the Damned – without powers and without her beloved Ares. Worse, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the demigods figure out she’s a goddess. If that happens, she’ll wish she were dead.

Help arrives in the form of an unlikely ally. But Medea has her own demands, and if Aphrodite wants to survive – not to mention find Hades and the weapons cache – she has to meet them.

But all their plans take a back seat when they find themselves in even more pressing danger. When Medea moved the island, she rendered it unstable. Now it’s breaking apart and sinking. In the chaos, the demigods have risen up, blaming the gods for their misfortune. Nobody is safe from the demigods…especially a Pantheon sympathizer like Aphrodite. And they’ve come up with a deadly test to uncover any imposters.

Aphrodite knows she can’t do this alone. It will take the whole Pantheon to get her out of this mess. Unfortunately, they’ll have to find her first….