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What I’m Writing Now and My Writing Routine

coffee dateWahoo! After almost a year (a year filled with deadlines, moving twice, and the release of almost two books) I am resurrecting my monthly coffee date posts. I love this post since it gives you, my readers, a chance to ask me questions and gives me a chance to interact with you! So without further ado, here we go!

Timothy asks: “What’s the release date and synopsis of your new series you are finishing up the first volume of?”

A timely question since I just finished the edits on the manuscript in question and just sent it off to my critique partners! As I’ve waited for the release of Awakened, the second book in my steampunk series, I’ve been writing a whole new fantasy series. This new series will follow a young woman who has inherited her family’s secret ability to dreamwalk (the ability to enter a person’s dreams and see their hopes, thoughts, and memories). Here is the back blurb:

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

 

The first book, Mark of the Raven, is currently under consideration at a publishing house. Once I know more, I will definitely let you all know. Until then, Awakened comes out November 14th!

 

Ralene asks: “How has your writing routine changed over the years as the kids have gotten older?”

It is much easier to have a routine with older children! I can even write in the summer, even though I cut my wordcount in half in order to spend time with my kids. A typical day for me goes with sending my kids off to school, writing my first 500 words, cleaning, cooking, doing whatever I need to do, then writing my second 500 words. Some days I write more, but I always write at least 1k words a day to stay on track and finish a book in a year. However, my family is still my priority, so writing happens when they are at school, and when they are home, the writer in me is put away and the mom comes out. Thanks for asking!

Do you have a question for me that you would like answered during my monthly coffee date? Feel free to post it below and I’ll place it in my que. Until next month, bye!

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Steampunk Worldbuilding

I was asked to share a while ago how I created the steampunk world for Tainted, the first book in my steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Before I begin, I think it is good to define what steampunk is. There are a lot of definitions out there, most of them wordy and abstract. So I took the common elements and narrowed them down to one statement: steampunk is the fusion of our history (usually Victorian Era or wild west) and science fiction/fantasy. The “steam” part comes from advance technology that is run on—you guessed it—steam.

I like to use the word “fusion” when defining steampunk. Why? Fusion is the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. With steampunk, you join the historical genre with the speculative genre and fuse them together with steam-powered technology to create a brand new genre.

So now that you know what steampunk is, let me share how I created my own fused world. For the historical aspect, I went with the Victorian Era. I love this time period because there was so much change that occurred during this era. This is when the Industrial Revolution occurred (perfect for my steampunk technology), many things were in the process of being invented (again, perfect for steampunk), advances and changes in the medical world, women were stepping into the world of higher education and science, and all the advancements of science itself.

For the speculative aspect, I went with fantasy. The idea for Tainted originally came from an online conversation where someone asked if necromancy could ever be used for good. I had this image of a woman who had been “tainted” by her father’s research, and although it opened her up to amazing power, it also was killing her on the inside.

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And thus Tainted was born. But instead of straight up fantasy necromancy, I chose to use science instead, and ask the questions 1) Are there lines we shouldn’t cross in our pursuit of the unknown? 2) What happens if we cross those lines? 3) Does it hurt others?

Kat’s own abilities stem from science as well, namely, the laws of science. She can manipulate matter. This means she can cause things to combust, or move, or cause particles to draw together (forming a solid) or drift apart (creating liquid or state form). She can even cause time to stand still. But humans were never meant to contain such power, and so it is killing her soul.

Lastly, the steampunk technology. I chose to go with a more covert approach instead of flashy, in-your-face technology. Steam technology is part of the everyday world in Tainted, and thus not focused on as much by the characters, in as much we use the coffeepot to make coffee in the mornings, or use our cell phones to connect with other people, but we don’t sit there and gawk at how amazing our technology is. We simply use it. It is part of the background of our lives.

Now some steampunk authors love to build all sorts of cool gadgets and gizmos. Great! I wanted to focus more on the story of the characters and use the steampunk aspect as the backdrop to their story. I think ever writer has the freedom to be as overt or covert with their technology as they want to be. And I think it also depends on the story you are writing. If it’s about an inventor, then yes, you’ll probably have a lot of cool inventions. If it’s about a socialite, eh, not so much.

So there you go. To build a world of steampunk, you research your history piece, pulling together what works for your world, including cultural aspects, manners, beliefs, and even fashion. Then you choose if you want a more science fiction or fantasy feel (maybe even both), then tie those into your world. You want magic? Great! You want AI automatons? Great!

Then lastly, have fun coming up with your own unique steampunk technology and decide how covert or overt you want to be with it. Does it take center stage of your book? Or is it the backdrop? And how does it work? Some things you can get away with just showing it in use, but some things readers might want an explanation for, depending on how overt you go with your technology.

Now go forth and write!

To find out more about Tainted, click here.

This article was originally posted on janeenippolito.com 

 

Tainted a Finalist in a Cover Contest

Still not sure who entered the cover for Tainted in the Creme de la Cover contest held by InD’Tale magazine, but whoever you are, thanks! A couple days ago I received an email that the cover for Tainted is one of the final covers for the contest mentioned above. Wow! Now that contest is open for people to vote for the best cover. If you think Tainted is a great cover, would you consider heading over to Creme de la Cover contest and voting? I would much appreciate it. Thanks!

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Release Day for Tainted!

Tainted_Hi_ResIt’s finally here! After months of waiting,Tainted comes out today! The question is, do you have your copy? If not, head on over to Enclave Publishing and purchase your copy now! www.enclavepublishing.com

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What others are saying about Tainted:

“Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved everything about this steampunk novel, from the mechanical bird name Cricket to the description of the different modes of transportation. I didn’t think that Morgan Busse could exceed the excellence of her Follower of Word series, but she did. Tainted is amazing!”

“I am happy to tell you this books is AWESOME! I do not like science fiction and have never read any Steam Punk themed books but LOVED this story.”

“Steampunk is a genre that I’ve only recently come to appreciate. Tainted is one of the reasons it’s quickly becoming my favorite… The phrase ‘edge of your seat’ is overused. But it certainly applies to Tainted. The action scenes were especially well done. This book is a ‘must have’ on your shelf!”

“I really continue to enjoy Tainted. The more time I have to ponder it, the more meaningful it is becoming. Without a bunch of details, let me just say that I can relate to Kat on many levels and I know I will not be the only one.”

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Also, don’t miss out on a chance to celebrate the release tonight on Facebook! That’s right, there’s a party happening! There will be plenty of chances to win signed copies of Tainted along with other steampunk memorabilia. You don’t want to miss out 🙂

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More Book News

TaintedSo I have more book news to share! I am holding a Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Tainted. So what are you waiting for? Head on over now: www.goodreads.com

The second bit of news: after a lot of talk and much prayer, I am happy to announce that I am now represented by Steve Laube of the Steve Laube Agency. I wasn’t looking for an agent, but a great one came along anyway. Funny how God works that way!  www.stevelaube.com

How I met my Husband

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I thought in lieu of Valentine’s Day I would share how I met my husband :).

Dan and I met on the battlefield…er…football field. We were both teenagers at the time. I had seen him around at youth group, but we ran in different circles. He was a senior, jock, and could bench-press over three hundred pounds (in other words, very large guy!). And I was a freshman: short, shy, and a book nerd.

That winter we both attended the same winter camp. When a spontaneous football game was announced, I was in. I love football and have a secret competitive side. We lined up with our teams. I was on one side, and Dan was on the other. The field was icy and the air brisk cold. The game was two-touch, but with all the ice, it was more like ice-skating meets football.

Halfway during the game, the football was thrown to Dan. The rest of his team had my team blocked. I was the only one who stood between him and the goal. My one thought as he came barreling toward me: he would not get past me.

I meant to two touch him, but instead slipped, grabbed him, and knocked him hard to the ground. Dan looked up at me, astonished. Then he laughed. I grinned back. I had stopped him from scoring.

I held out my hand to help him up off the ground. We spoke for the first time. He called me freight train after that. The years went by and we became good friends. If someone had told me that I would marry the guy I knocked down on that icy field, I would have laughed. Dan was funny and cute, but definitely not my type.

I’m glad God had other plans. Four years later, we went out on our first date, and a year and a half later, married. We still enjoy football, even get out and play it once in a while. And our children love to hear how mommy knocked daddy down when we first met.

That’s my story. Now it’s your turn. How did you meet your significant other?

Interview with Relz Reviewz and a Mention in USAToday

So a lot happened this week in my little writing world. First, I was asked a couple weeks ago if I would do an interview with Relz Reviewz. Of course I said yes 🙂 That interview went live this week, so head on over to their site to check out my latest interview (which includes little tidbits like if I could go back in time, where would I go?):  relzreviewz.com/morgan-l-busse-discover-more/

Secondly, Heir of Hope was mentioned over at USAToday’s Happy Ever after as one of “must-read romantic fantasies.” Wow! And to be listed with authors like Jessica Evanders and Mary Weber made it even sweeter! To check out the post, click here: www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter

When you’re a writer, you have your good weeks and your not-so-good weeks (those that require lots of chocolate to get through). This was a great week! I thank God for these bits of encouragement to keep on going 🙂