Considering that, I thought I'd do a lighthearted, fun meme. You know one of those things people are always pestering you about on Facebook and whatnot?
Several potential topics tickled my fancy. 25 Ways I'm Awesome was a top contender, but then I thought it might come across as a tad bit vain. I ruled out 25 Things that Make Me Happy for the same reason. 25 Ways I Don't Want to Die seemed a little too morbid. 25 Reasons Why I'm Doing a Meme Instead of Writing an Original Post seemed a little too obvious. And, 25 of My Favorite Letters seemed unfair to poor U.
Instead, I settled on something more faithful to the original meme.
25 Random Facts about ANJIDIA:
(in no particular order)
- I wrote the first draft in 4 weeks.
- A hand-drawn map of Anjidia, gifted to me by beloved beta reader, Kim Bowen, hangs in my bedroom.
- Earliest beta readers formed two vehement camps regarding Aryli's love interests.
- I hoped one of those camps would blow the other to smithereens, because I couldn't decide who Aryli should end up with.
- In the end, the characters made the decision for me.
- Two of the main secondary characters were never supposed to exist.
- Another of the main secondary characters was supposed to be a redshirt.
- My mom took news of the death of the character named after her fairly well.
- I cut the original opening and rewrote the original ending of the novel.
- No one other than those early beta readers will ever read that first draft.
- The Redwood National and State Parks, which I visited after I finished the first draft, inspired one of the locations in Anjidia.
- I'd written off ANJIDIA six months before I started writing it in earnest in favor of a story that has since been shelved permanently.
- The names of the protagonist and antagonist began as placeholders and were an inside joke between one of my best friends and myself; they wound up fitting.
- I've planned a prequel and a sequel to ANJIDIA.
- Both the prequel and sequel would explore the stories of secondary characters.
- My first query for the novel garnered a partial request.
- Flyleaf's debut cd, Flyleaf, was a key source of musical inspiration for the novel.
- There are 37 songs on my ANJIDIA playlist, and they range from Josh Groban to Metallica.
- One of the major plot twists originated from a conversation I had with beta reader, Kat Kuhl; I don't think I would have had that "D'oh!" moment without her.
- I only pulled two all-nighters while writing ANJIDIA — one while writing a key climatic scene, and one while writing the last three chapters.
- The amazing Sci Fi (excuse me, I mean SyFy) mini-series Tin Man greatly influenced ANJIDIA conceptually and visually (in my head).
- One of the secondary characters who was never supposed to exist is named after a character from a poem (styled after medieval lais) that I wrote for my Medieval Lit class in college.
- My favorite line from the book is probably: "Blind faith is an incredible thing — an incredible, scary thing."
- One plot twist earned me death threats from beta readers (though I'm sure they were issued in jest...probably).
- Star Wars is referenced three times in the course of the novel.
If any of you decide to take up the task yourselves, please let me know. I love knowing the Behind-the-Scenes stuff!