Hello! WifeyMcWiferson here. ( I made it!) I wanted to ask how you transitioned from characters you 'knew' to characters you 'made'. In trying to rewrite my own fanfiction, I'm finding it hard to replace the character's background and especially in trying to create a new dynamic between characters. The 'new' characters seem pale in comparison. How do I find and fall in love with the newbies? How did you detach from the fandom and journey into the land of the new and improved?
Hi, Lauren! This is so very exciting! I guess my question revolves around real-world influences. We all take things with us from the "real world" when we start writing - things that concern religion, politics, faction building and world building in general. Sometimes that feels a little like plagiarism to me and I struggle to make these influences feel more like "me." How do you deal with that? Are you conscious of these influences when you write? How do you tell that the world you're making is ... See More now "yours" and no longer an altered version of the one you live in? And where do you draw the line between your own world and how much the real world gets to influence your creation?
So whats the deal with the junkie Sentinel sub-plot. I love stonewall and it sucks to think of him hooked on the hard stuff. I like the Sentinel characters but they do seem extreme at times, guess that's what to much hematite will do to ya. It feels like their order has tough times ahead any comment?
I enjoy the mages as well very entertaining and real (Eris & Gideon felt very authentic) and the vision of them all pined up and intimidated gave real tension to the story.
I ... See More look forward to reading you next
Hi Lauren! Could you talk a little bit about how you balance writing time with the non-writing aspects of your life, such as work or family obligations, if it's not a weird question? Have there been times when you experienced a particularly difficult struggle between Book Time and Not-Book Time?
Why fantasy? It's a genre that's a little overdone and tired
Hi Lauren, I'm eager to read the sequel. Do you already know when it's going to be finished? ;)
Just a quick question: What do you think a young writer has to do if he/she wants to succeed?
Congratulations Lauren, the free chapters got me even more excited about reading the story. No questions as others have already asked what unwanted to.
Hi Lauren, congratulations on getting published! It must feel great to finally see all your hard work paying off. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Incursion and I look forward to the rest of the books in the series you have planned.
I have a question about the characters in your story. When you first set out to write Incursion, did you know how your characters would turn out, personality wise? How did you decided which characters you needed and which you didn't? Did some change part way ... See More through the process, or did some only become clear after more careful revision? Thanks, and again congrats.
Hi Lauren! Congratulations! I wanted to ask how you decided on your book's cover. Is there a certain process or a specific person that designs the cover?
Lauren L. Garcia is the author of Catalyst Moon: Incursion, the first installment of the Catalyst Moon series. Lauren won the Inkitt Dreamlands and her novel Catalyst Moon: Incursion will be published by Inkitt on the 22nd of July.
The story takes place in an old world where magic is new, when a crippled mage and her sentinel captor must work together to flee their painful pasts and survive a harrowing journey across the country of Aredia.
Lauren has been a storyteller all her life. She started writing down her stories at the age of twelve; two decades and over two million words later, she shows no sign of stopping. While living in various fantasy worlds of her own making, Lauren earned a BA in English Literature and married her high school sweetheart. She currently resides in North Florida with her husband, where she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, kayaking, and dancing at music festivals.
Post your questions and Lauren will answer them on July 23 at 5:00 p.m. EST!