Today, we are beginning what I hope will become a new bimonthly or tri-monthly feature on The Sunflower’s Scribbles: guest posts and interviews with writers, authors, passionate readers, editors…
To inaugurate this, I interviewed Krystal Jane, a prolific fantasy/supernatural writer from Tennessee. She is a frequent commenter here and blogs about writing at The Narcissistic Rose. Her website Planet Krystal also features stories on getting into and out of debt–and haircare!
From Pinterest.com Twelve Dancing Princesses
Here, Krystal tells us about how she began writing, why she loves fantasy so much, what her favorite fairytale is, and how she’s currently revising a manuscript for a revise and resubmit.
Hmm, lemme see…I remember writing picture books in elementary school, but I was 11 before I wrote anything with the intention of being able to call myself a writer one day. I always loved telling stories. Even before I could write, I was making up crazy stuff during lunchtime and telling my tales with all the dramatics of a soap star to my classmates. I never really realized it, I just kind of woke up one day and was like, “Oh, I really love this!”
Oh yeah. Untitled first crappy “novel” that was nowhere near novel length in reality. I was 12, and I thought it was great until I finished my next book. But it was okay! I could try again! It was about a bookworm who signed up to tutor an ex-“bad boy” after school who wanted to change his ways. LOL! They fell in love. My character was 14, I think. Oh, the horror!! I have no idea why I went from writing horror-laced and fantastical short stories to contemporary teeny bopper romance, but it didn’t last long!
Um…I think I’m on number 16. I count them all even though half of them are novella length. I thought I was writing a novel, so it counts. But yep, except for that first horrible attempt, all of them are fantasy or supernaturally charged horror.
I queried this particular agent at the tail end of July and got a partial request in mid-September. That was upgraded to a full in mid-November and the R&R came in at the end of February. So when they say you have to be patient, it’s an understatement! This was my seventh time in the query trenches. The biggest relief is that the agent really likes my plot and the main characters in general!
And how is the R&R going?
The biggest change I’m making is with one of the side characters. She [the agent] pointed out some inconsistencies. It requires retooling of dialogue, thoughts, and actions throughout. I’m worried that I’m not making enough changes, because it seems like this revision is requiring me to make a lot of tiny changes throughout, but I feel pretty good about my approach. Of course, I still feel good about the draft in general, so I don’t know if that’s saying anything. I have a lot of internal and external dialogue changes, but my main focus is on clarifying and defining. It’s kind of like taking a tiny chisel to a statue that already looks like it’s done. Which is why I’m like, “Is she even going to be able to tell I did anything?” But I figure if nothing else, it will at least be a stronger version of what I already have, which is what I think I’m supposed to be going for.
What are you working on next?
I’m still outlining my supernatural horror: Painted Chaos.
Thank you so much for letting me pick your brain, Krystal!