The Fulfillment Series

The Fulfillment Series

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blog Hop--My Writing Process

Today is Blog Hop Day. This blog hop is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend and fellow author Ally Malinenko posted hers last week. You can check out her writing process here: Ally Malinenko

If you dare to enter the mind of Erin Albert (insert evil laughter), proceed with caution!  ;)

What am I working on?

I am always working on multiple projects.  Currently, I am awaiting publication of The Outlanders, the sequel to my young adult fantasy debut novel, The Prophecy.  I also have a futuristic thriller called Number 25598 which I am revising, but there is something about it that’s missing. Until I figure that out, I’ll finish my revisions on final installment of The Fulfillment Series, aptly titled The Fulfillment. But the piece that keeps me up at night lately is my short story “Volatile.” I want to turn it into a full novel because I think it explores some serious issues that face teens and adults alike. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I try to take traditional young adult plot themes and turn them on their heads.  In addition, I seek to inspire teens to think outside the box, to be different and unique.

Why do I write what I do?

I write young adult books because I LOVE young adult books.  My friend and Dream Team member Danielle Craver (she created all the crest for The Prophecy) got me hooked on the YA genre, and I’ve read that almost exclusively ever since.  Epic high fantasy appeals to me because I’ve always loved Arthurian legend. When George R.R. Martin combined that time period with fantastical elements, my mind sprung to life.  Reading fantasy allows a person to fully immerse in a totally different world, escaping this one completely.  Who doesn’t need a good escape every now and then?

How does your writing process work? 

I am a total pantser, which means I do not plan a thing.  I have a rough idea of how I want the story to start and how I want it to end, but I let the characters take over for the middle. Sometimes that gets me in some logic trouble, but I’m fortunate enough to have my Dream Team and critique partners to catch those little snafus.

The demands on my life and time afford me a very short window to get my writing done, usually between 3pm-5pm.  I have ADD, so I always have to drink something caffeinated to help me focus. Also, a little container of chocolate is a creative must.  I seek to write a chapter a day (my Dream Team member and timekeeper, Kim Sharp, requires a new chapter to read each night which keeps me on task). 

The creative portion of my work takes me very little time. I wrote the entire Fulfillment Trilogy in 3 months.  But I am also an anal grammar freak, so editing the work takes me MUCH longer.  It’s a painstaking process.

So, to recap:  Afternoon writing time with chocolate and caffeine, 1 chapter a day, and edit, edit, edit!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!!  

The Dream Team

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Left to Right: Danielle Craver, Dawn Ward, Ginny Hunsberger, and Kim Sharp. I'm the one kneeling.

The Prophecy

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My Writing "Assistant"

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A Great Way to Brainstorm

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Best way to brainstorm ideas-- a big bowl of popcorn, lots of caffeine, and a hawt, brilliant man to talk to!
 


Comments

08/24/2014 10:21pm
I loved 25598 and Volatile has ginormous potential. The Fulfillment series is brilliant storytelling through and through, where with each book the story gets progressively better. I am beyond honored to be part of the creative process with you, Erin. I love you and this journey, and can't wait to see what you want to do next!

Erin Albert
08/25/2014 9:00am
I love you!

08/25/2014 5:10am
Wow! I never thought I'd run across another writer who works similar to me, minus the chocolate. Sorry. But I usually have some type of snack on hand too. I really need to get me a team of partners like you have. Once I start teaching, it's difficult to get much writing in. Mostly Sat. mornings and other odd days. I jot out notes so I won't forget plot points, names, etc, but I'm less predictable when I don't outline. It's always exciting to see where the characters take me. One difference is that I almost always have to know my ending before I begin Then I know what roads to take to get there. Good luck on all you have in the hopper! Blessings to you and your writing career.
Don

Erin Albert
08/25/2014 9:00am
Always fun to hear how others do their process! :) Thanks for sharing!

08/25/2014 6:46am
Have I read Volatile? If it's the one I am thinking of, YES, more please :) And definitely a panster here--only way I can write!

Erin Albert
08/25/2014 9:01am
Yes, you've read it. I'm sure I'll be asking you to read it again when it's in novel form! ;) #PantsersRule!

08/25/2014 11:42am
Love your writing process, a panster after my own heart. I'm also jealous. I wish I could snack and write. My thighs have zero tolerance when it comes to snacking of any kind unless it's carrots, and I'm even skeptical of those. Think of me when you're having popcorn. :(

Monday, August 11, 2014

His Royal Hotness Week--August 18-22!

When I first wrote The Prophecythe Dream Team was split pretty evenly between Nash and Wil. But once the book released into the wild, I noticed A LOT more Team Nash fans. Next week begins His Royal Hotness week on Mary Waibel's site, and I'll have to opportunity to spotlight Wil a little more. So, those of you on Team Wil, rejoice! LOL! Maybe it will even convince a few Team Nash-ers?? ;) 
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Comments

08/11/2014 10:29am
I'm looking forward to learning more about Wil, although as you know, I'm totally a Nash girl :-)

Erin Albert
08/12/2014 8:36am
You always have been a Nash girl! ;)

Johnathan Brock
08/11/2014 11:35am
Never! Team Nashers will not be deterred! It's Nash or die! :-) 😑 By the way, totally anxious for the next book!

Erin Albert
08/12/2014 8:36am
Haha! I love it!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Unspeakable Cover Reveal--Michelle Pickett

I'm stoked to host my critique partner and author of the bestselling Pods, Michelle Pickett, to my blog. Today, she is revealing the cover of her YA contemporary novel, Unspeakable. I had the pleasure of reading it in its infancy, and I tell you, you WANT to devour this story! Check out this extremely gorgeous cover, and add Unspeakable to your TBR list!!
COVER REVEAL: UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett  
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction)
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2015
 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett     

Unspeakable

by Michelle K. Pickett

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
 
We are excited to share with you the official cover reveal of UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett. UNSPEAKABLE is a young adult contemporary romance that is scheduled to release in February of 2015. Check out more information below and make sure to add it to your TBR List! 
Summary from Good Reads:
 
“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”
On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 
She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life.If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.
When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.
Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?

 

ABOUT MICHELLE K. PICKETT:

Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 
Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.
 
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Comments

08/08/2014 12:20pm
Thank you so much for helping me reveal my cover to “Unspeakable.” I am so amazed at how well my cover designer, Mayra, did in capturing the tone of the story.

Unspeakable is a story that is very close to my heart, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to bring it to readers. And I’m very appreciative that you’ve let me use your blog to help spread the word.

Lots of hugs
Michelle