Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Elven World of Esri Rose

by Anna Sugden

I'm delighted to welcome back fellow 06Packer (2006 Golden Heart finalist!) Esri Rose.

In her first book about those gorgeous elves, Bound to Love Her, Esri created a fabulous Elven world in Boulder, Colorado (which, by the way, is a lovely town!). In Stolen Magic, she takes us back there. Should be simple to write a book about a world you've already created, right? Perhaps not!

Today, Esri shares with us some of the unexpected questions she had to answer in writing Stolen Magic. You can read the first chapter here.

Over to you, Esri.

Thanks, Anna. I'm thrilled to be back in the Lair.

“I enjoyed Stolen Magic so much, I devoured it in one night!”- Kerrelyn Sparks, NYT Bestselling author

In a world where humans are displacing elves in alarming numbers, Adlia spends her days working at elf headquarters. But with no artistic talent of her own, and orphaned too young to have known her parents, Adlia is an outsider even among her own elven kind. Only Mark, her human photography instructor, sees that beneath her sarcastic humor lies a vulnerable soul – and a desirable young woman.

But while relationships with humans are pleasurable, they’re also complicated, as Adlia is about to discover. For somewhere between her mind-blowing first human kiss and falling in love, a mysterious memory loss strikes the elf population. Adlia must save her people and herself before she forgets everything. If she succeeds, she may solve an important piece of her personal puzzle and find that Mark fits perfectly.

Stolen Magic is my second book about Elves in Boulder, Colorado. “I’ve come up with the basics of my fictional universe,” I thought, “so it should be less work.” Well, it wasn’t. Turns out the Elves insisted on getting into new and different situations. Here were some of the questions this book raised, and my answers to them.

Q: Elves fight with bolts of energy shot from their hands – like directed lightning. When an Elf is hit by Elf fire, does the injury show?

A: I decided it didn’t. Painful as all get-out, yes. Disfiguring, no. And the pain goes away after they merge with their land or have a great roll in the hay with a human. Nice, huh?

Q: Is an elf automatically good at fighting? In other words, are they a crack shot right from the get-go?

A: In general, an Elf child has to practice before he gets good at shooting Elf fire (this is akin to the BB gun phase in human children). Elven parents are advised to stay behind trees.

Q: Does an elven blast affect a material thing like, say, the ceiling?

A: Whoops! Here’s a case where I didn’t agree from the first book to the second, although there’s wiggle room. Maybe not all Elves’ lightning is created equal. Plus, I can always argue that distance makes a difference. Shoot across a large room, no mark on the wall. Shoot directly up at the ceiling, and you should probably disconnect the smoke alarm first.

Q: How about a human? What if a human gets hit by Elf fire?

A: Think Taser. And that’s from a mild blast.

Q: When one Elf visits another, does the visiting Elf walk up to their land and holler, or can he put his hands on the ground and sense that the Elf in residence is merged there? If he can sense it, is there some sort of Elven do-not-disturb sign?

A: Elves still aren’t sure under what circumstances they can detect a merged Elf. Hollering is the polite way to rouse your Elven buddy when visiting. Don’t bother to bring a bottle of wine. They don’t drink or eat.

Q: Can a merged Elf answer his cell phone?

A: Alas, cell signals do not carry underground. Not to mention that the phone is dispersed into its myriad bits until the Elf emerges.

Q: Can an Elf color her hair? (Adlia, the strawberry-blond heroine of Stolen Magic, would much rather look like a Goth chick.)

A: An Elf can use all the L’oreal she wants, but when she goes home and merges with the earth, it all goes away. She pops out again with her regular color. And you thought having to color once a month was bad.

Q: When an Elf comes out of the ground, she makes her clothing out of the surrounding vegetable material (dirt, leaves, bug parts). Where do they get their fashion ideas? Why do they even wear clothes?

A: Elves probably used to run around nekkid, but once they saw humans in clothes, they immediately saw the creative possibilities in clothing design. (Elves are very into art.) Elves’ default fashion sense reflects when and where they really started to bump up against humans, in Renaissance Europe. With a few exceptions such as Galan’s parents, who dress like Native Americans or possibly extras in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elves look like refugees from the Ren Faire. However, the few Elves who regularly interact with humans usually try to blend in by wearing jeans and T-shirts.

Q: Why do they even take human form?

A: There are a lot of possible answers as to why an Elf in solid form looks human. Elves might be the equivalent of magical stick insects, taking on a form that gives them the most protection. Humans are a force like nothing this planet has ever seen before, and tend to win in arguments with other creatures. Elves, having the option to take whatever shape most benefited them, look like humans.

Or…Elves and humans might be evolutionary cousins.

Q: What determines an Elf’s ethnic look?

A: I shamefacedly admit that this was not a question I ever thought to ask. It comes from Jane George, and made me scratch my head hard enough to leave a mark. The answer is similar to why they look like humans at all. An Elf takes on the ethnic look of the majority of humans surrounding him, unless that Elf is a real iconoclast, in which case, he might choose to look like one of the minority races in the area. Boulder is purty darn white, and the whites definitely have the power, which is why the area doesn’t seem to have any Elves of color. I should really do something about that.

What about you? If you write, what part of creating your fictional universe gave you fits? As a reader, does it make you crazy when there’s an inconsistency in paranormal rules?

One lucky commenter can win a copy of Stolen Magic.

Esri lives in Boulder with her husband and her cat, only one of whom has pointy ears. Visit her at You can register for her Giveaway (which includes jewelry, art, body care, three nights at the Boulder Outlook Hotel, restaurant and boutique gift certificates, and theater tix at


flchen1 said...

ESRI's back!!!

flchen1 said...

Esri, I really enjoyed your interview today! I can't believe Stolen Magic's out! Adlia sounds like a great heroine, and I LOVE when authors go back to a setting they've set up before! As for consistency, I'm OK as long as you can explain it away somehow. ;) I don't really care too much if there's consistency relative to any external, universal standard as long as you make it all hang together within the universe you've created. And make me care about the characters and you can pretty much get away with crazy inconsistencies ;)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey, Fedora!! You beat me by a whisker you rascal. Enjoy your day with the goofy Rooster, darlin'!

Esri, welcome back. I'm on just long enough to say hi, then off to bed. "Talk" to you tomorrow!

Minna said...

As a reader, does it make you crazy when there’s an inconsistency in paranormal rules?

Only if I notice it.

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Helen said...

Congrats Fedora enjoy your day with him

Hi Esri and welcome back this book sounds so good and Adlia sounds like one strong heroine.

As a reader, does it make you crazy when there’s an inconsistency in paranormal rules?

No not as long as I am in tune with the book I haven't been reading paranormals very long and have only read a couple of series and when reading the first one I read slowly till I have the image of the world in my brain(so to speak) then all is well from then on in.

Esri I have your first book on my must get list and have now added the second one I do love to read them together oh and will there be anymore in the series.

Anna thanks for inviting Esri back to the lair always fun

Have Fun

Christine Wells said...

Oy! This is why I don't write paranormal. I could never keep the rules straight and even if I did, I'd want to break them in the next book.

Esri, welcome back to the lair and thanks to Anna for hosting! Great to see you here.

You certainly had a lot of stuff to figure out but you've undoubtedly done a fantastic job of it. Best of luck with Stolen Magic!

Fedora, congrats on the rooster!

Blodeuedd said...

The books look great.
I don't care if things doesn't make sense, cos I have been working on my fantasy series, and things doesn't always make sense there. It's magic, other worlds, they are not like ours I always think

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

As a reader, does it make you crazy when there’s an inconsistency in paranormal rules?

It really has to be a big inconsistency for me to fret about it and frankly I haven't seen any big ones in any of the books I have read.
I cannot wait to read this one Esri.

Anna Sugden said...

Good morning all! Congrats, Fedora on garnering that pesky rooster.

I love when authors go back to a familiar setting too. I think that's why I like series so much - you feel you've returned to somewhere welcoming.

Anna Sugden said...

Minna - I agree. What's frustrating is that if it's noticable to me, it must be for other readers too. Kind of like copy errors.

I've read a couple of books lately where the wrong character name has been used for a piece of dialogue and it really jerks me out of the story.

Anna Sugden said...

That's interesting, Helen. Taking care to read the first book slowly so that you can embed the world in your brain. I should probably do that a bit more. Then again, like you, I don't read many paranormals and those I do are pretty much in the contemporary 'normal' world.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Christine - we're sisters under the skin! That would be me too!

I think Nora, writing as JD Robb, does a fab job of creating the futuristic world for Eve Dallas. She doesn't make it unrecognisable; she layers in a few key elements that remind you this is in the future, while letting you feel comfortable in a familiar setting.

Anna Sugden said...

Blodeuedd - we're often told that readers are more intelligent than we give them credit for. As long as it's all logical, we don't need to explain. (Some contest judges could recognise that too!).

For me, the frustration is with words that are unfamiliar or a special language for your world. If you describe a teapot as something else, then it's more difficult to follow, for me. I need to think harder to recall what things are meant to be. Or what those words mean.

Then, consistency is critical.

Anna Sugden said...

Dianna - you're obviously not one of those 'disgruntled of Tunbridge Wells' readers who feels the necessity to point out every error and inconsistency to the author!

Tess Gerritsen, who always writes interesting blogs, wrote about that recently.

CrystalGB said...

Hi Esri. Stolen Magic sounds good. I really enjoyed Bound to Love Her.
I might notice inconsistencies but it doesn't ruin the book for me.

Anna Sugden said...

So glad you enjoyed Esri's fabulous first book, Crystal - I'm sure you won't be disappointed with Stolen Magic! Be sure to check out her contest to win all sorts of cool prizes!

Gillian Layne said...

My sweet 13 yr old, who "graduated" from 8th grade last night, and looked so grown up (sob), has been writing this huge story with all these alternate dimensions and about 35 different characters, demons, etc.---and no matter what you ask her, she never confuses anything. I have no idea how she does it.

And I use authors like you, Esri, to encourage her to stick with writing what she loves, even if her friends don't "get it" yet. The world of paranormal is so vast. I love reading it because it's such a fabulous escape. And congrats on the beautiful cover!

jo robertson said...

Esri, what a delightful look into your Elven world! I love the strong voice of your protagonist in Bound to Love Her. Is Stolen Magic also written in first person POV?

I'm constantly surprised at the complications of world-building, even if the world is fairly "simple," as in contemporary western U.S., for example. There are still so many facts/questions to consider. It boggles the mind.

And yes, inconsistencies bug the hell out of me LOL!

What do you do when/if you discover something "wrong" or something you want to change in your world-building from book 1 to book 2?

Thanks for visiting us again.

p226 said...

A: Think Taser. And that’s from a mild blast...

As someone who's recently ridden the lightning courtesy of a Taser, all I can say is UGH.

Supremely unpleasant.

And yes, it does drive me nuts if there are inconsistencies in the rules. But nothing makes me crazier than REWRITING the fictional history.


Do you hear me George Lucas? GREEDO DID NOT SHOOT FIRST.

I find this elf stuff interesting, as an old-school LOTR fan. Just yesterday (and I cannot remember why) I found myself researching Galadriel. (I kinda fell in love with her during the scene at her mirror where she's tempted by the ring.) I was astonished at how in-depth Tolkien's elven history went. Apparently it's WELL beyond LOTR. Like, a few thousand years beyond LOTR.

It seems Esri's put a whole different spin on the elven mythos. Or maybe Tolkien did. I'm actually quite curious about it now.

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Esri - welcome back to the lair!
Can't speak to having to rethink a special world I've created, but I know that - unless planned ahead of time - a sequel to any book can cause severe head scratching. (Please note - I'm not an advance planner). Using characters introduced in a previous book can be limiting and a struggle to push in a new direction.

Congrats Fichen1 on the rooster nabbing!

Esri Rose said...

Whoa, dudes! It's 8:30 am here, and you're all in the groove!
My parents are in town for the holiday weekend, but I'll try to check in a couple times today. And thanks for the lovely welcome! I feel all warm and smooshy. :)

Helen, I don't know yet if there's going to be a third. We'll see.

Anna: I LOVE near-future series. It's so much fun to imagine the things that might be the same and what's going to change a lot. Give me the Internet implant, NOW.

Jo: Stolen Magic is in first person. I didn't start out writing that way; had to train myself. Now I'd have to train myself back to third. :)

Several of you mentioned rewriting history or difficulties with a current plot because of a rule you laid down in the first. I haven't run into that too much, and what I've found is that you just can't be locked into stuff too much. I'm naturally a puzzle solver, so if there's a problem, it's kind of fun for me to find a work-around.

Gannon Carr said...

Hi, Esri! I haven't had the pleasure of reading BOUND TO LOVE HER, so I'll pick up that one and STOLEN MAGIC and read them back to back! Love the premise of the stories!

I'm okay with illogical in a paranormal as long as the story flows and the writer is consistent in their world. If something doesn't click from one story to the next, it pulls me out of the story, which can be distracting.

flchen1 said...

Ooh, Anna, it totally bugs me when they use the wrong name in places, but I really blame that on bad editing! (Is that fair? I've done editing, so I think it is... ;)) Then again, all sorts of grammatical and other errors bug me, too...

Stacey Kayne said...

Yeee dowgy! I just found my end-of-deadline treat! Can't wait to jump back into the Elven realm, Esri :)

Life is all about change, evolution,and discovery so I'm fine with changing rules so long as an explanation is revealed. The book sounds great!

Fedora, congrats on that fine rooster grubbing ;-)

Anna, thanks for getting Esri into the lair :)

Anna Sugden said...

Congrats on your daughter's graduation from 8th grade. And wow on her writing skills! That's awesome.

At that age, most people's friends don't get it - actually, at my age they don't either *g*. But tell her we'll all rooting for her to stick with it. Maybe one day we'll be having her as a guest in the Lair!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL - I figured they might bug you.

And you're right - I find it hard to keep things consistent from book to book in a series, even when all I write is contemporary. I write notes to myself like 'the brothers have green eyes!'.

Anna Sugden said...

As usual P226 - you've hit it on the head! I can't stand when they rewrite fictional history. I'm amazed when I see it. And yes, it does occur even in category novels.

I did smile at Rachel Gibson's FAQ where she actually tackles the fact that her character's name changed spelling from one book to the next. There but for the grace of God etc etc.

The major development of magical/mystical worlds is why I'm loathe to write paranormal. I only like the light woo-woo, but I'd be sure to get whatever I was writing wrong - and then I'd have witches and all sorts on my back!

Anna Sugden said...

YOu may say that, Donna - but, I have to say that in Seduction of the Duke (which I'm currently reading and loving), you do it admirably. The perfect sequel to The Education of Mrs Brimley.

If only you could get a chance to do the sequel to The Trouble with Moonlight.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Esri - that's the beauty of having a worldwide gang in the Lair. We're here 24/7!

Anna Sugden said...

I agree, Gannon. It can be so frustrating when things change from book to book - especially when you've taken the trouble to learn it the first time round!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Fedora - I agree about it being an editing issue. I'm sure none of the editors I'm submitting to would make that mistake though ;)

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Stacey - funnily enough your anthology Stetsons, Spring and Wedding Rings is on my 'when I get my revisions done' treat pile!

And I can't wait for Mountain Wild in July!

Stacey Kayne said...

Aw, thanks, Anna!! I hope the revisions are going good--cheers on getting them sent in!!!

Watch your post, my sweet...July is coming early :)

flchen1 said...

And Anna, totally OT, but it's SOOOOOOOOO good!!! You might want to race through those revisions. Just sayin'...

Anna Sugden said...

Smooches, Stacey! Mad Mag is one of my all-time fave characters!

LOL Fedora - I'm trying! Really I am. My hockey hunk keeps playing me up!

I'm about halfway through. A trip to Scotland this week set me back a bit, but I'm determined to get them finished!

Esri Rose said...

Oh, that's harsh on the character name with the changed spelling. I think the temptation for a lot of writers is to think, "It's my story. I know it," and not bother to look these things up. I have a poor memory (comes from years of writing stuff down), so usually assume I won't remember something. I just have to hope I remember there's something to check.

In Bound to Love her, I used a fake name for a local restaurant, then decided to use the real one, and missed an instance of changing it. D'oh!

In addition to a book bible, I also have an Elven language glossary, so I don't forget where the apostrophe goes in Ma'Nah. (That's Elven for "earth.")

Esri Rose said...

I should say a special Hi to Fedora, for that super welcome. Hi, Fedora! And thanks, Anna, for being my hostess. :D

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey gang! Just popping back in to say hey to you Esri! I love, love, lvoe the sound of your Elven Realm books.

Like Stacey, I'm on weekend...urg....

But I'm planning to do nothing but sleep and read for about four days after I turn this @)(#)$(* book in!

Pat Cochran said...

I've not read a great deal from the
paranormal world, so I tend to just
accept what is written. (Except for
the first scene in one book that I
read! I just can't get into demons
eating one of the characters!)

Your elven world seems great,I will
have to get myself to the book store!

Pat Cochran

Beverley said...

Nice to meet you, Esri,
Well done on creating such a wonderful sounding world. Just had a look at your website and now must check out your book. Were you always into writing paranormal?

Tawny said...

Esri, your story sounds so awesome!! I love paranormal and elves are one of my all-time favorite mythical creature!!!

I'm curious, do you keep some kind of binder or document to track all of your world building?

Virginia said...

Congrats Fedora on nabbing that rooster today!

Welcome back Esri, great interveiw today! Stolen Magic sounds like a great read! Do you enjoy the research part of writing a book?

Esri Rose said...

Beverly: I do keep a binder.

Oh, and when I used the word "harsh" for describing the mispelled name, I meant how harsh for her, not that anyone here was being harsh. That's a colloquialism in my group, not accepted usage, and I realized it sounded funny.

What was the other question...Have I always written paranormal? No. In fact, Kensington got interested in me for another book, but didn't think they could easily categorize it, so they asked if I had anything else. I said, "Well, I have this paranormal and I understand that's doing well." But it was a temporary thing between straight contemporary fiction, and just happened to be what sold first. Publishing is funny that way.

Kate Carlisle said...

Hi Esri!! Great to see you back in the Lair--and I'm psyched that your second book is out!

Wow, cool questions to ask! I couldn't write a paranormal to save my life but I love the world building that goes on and I really love the question/answer technique of learning new things about your own world!

Hey Fedora, good job catching the chook!!

Caren Crane said...

Fedora, congrats on nabbing the GR. It's been too long and I'm sure he missed you desperately!

Caren Crane said...

Esri, congrats on the new release! It makes me snicker whenever I read "elves in Boulder". Ha!

I think, as a writer, creating a universe of any sort is tough. Even if you're writing a contemporary about a place that really exists, you are still creating the "neighborhood" for your characters: people, places, businesses, etc. I spent 30 minutes today trying to come up with a name for a coffee house!

As a reader, I am VERY forgiving. As long as it's not something critical to the story - like, no one can use this power or the universe implodes...and then someone does - I can forgive it. And even then, as long as you explain it away, I'm cool with it. *g*

I have long read fantasy and science fiction and enjoyed both thoroughly. While purists decry violations of the "rules", however, I prefer to think of them as "guidelines". *eg*

Caren Crane said...

P226, Tolkein's whole universe was about as complete as you can get, wasn't it? I mean, the man invented languages for Pete's sake! He was way out there.

I think we ALL fell in love with Galadriel. How could you not? *sigh* I badly want to re-read the Fellowship Of the Ring series. Maybe it will go on the "after the book is done" reward list!

Caren Crane said...

Stacey, congrats on making your deadline! I'm totally with you on the "ding dong the book is DONE" reward system. *g*

flchen1 said...

Thanks, everyone! BTW, Esri, can I ask what you're working on next? You mentioned that with Stolen Magic, you might be done with elves in Boulder? (stop snickering, Caren! ;)) Are you working on some different worlds?

Caren Crane said...

In addition to a book bible, I also have an Elven language glossary, so I don't forget where the apostrophe goes in Ma'Nah. (That's Elven for "earth.")Reason #1042 why Caren does not write paranormal!

Anna Campbell said...

Fedora, he's back with his old flame! I hope you two have had a great day together.

Esri and Anna, what a great interview. So sorry to arrive late to the party.

Esri, congratulations on the release of your second Elven book. It sounds fantastic. I love your anthropological take on why things are as they are in the elf world. Makes perfect sense to me!

Hope to catch up with you in DC!

Anna Campbell said...

Anna, I'm as green as a leprechaun with envy over your trip to Scotland. Why didn't you swing by and pick me up on the way?

Anna Campbell said...

Esri, can you take us through your working day? Are you a plotter or a pantser? I'm imagining plotter - it must be tough to write a series set in this complex, invented world if you're not sure where you're going!

Kirsten said...

Hi Esri! Nice to have a fellow Six-Packer back in the Lair!

I am currently writing Book 2 of my YA series (bad Kirsten, sneaking out of the cave!) which involves kids with superpowers. So I've got to make sure to integrate all the details from Book 1 just right -- and figure out all sort of little details just like you mention! I am TERRIFIED that I will screw something up between the two books. Yikes. I don't think I would get really irritated by an inconsistence (I don't really pay good enough attention to notice anyway!) but I know some readers will. So I'm trying to get it right.

Best of luck with the new book, Esri. If it's as good as the last one, I'm sure it will be a huge hit!!

Anna Campbell said...

Actually I hate to admit it, you guys, but I'm one of those horrible anal readers. One thing that drives me crazy is when the ages change halfway through the story. You know, he's twenty-five when something happens and then ten years later, he remembers it and somehow he's thirty-two. I'm a Virgo - I noticed details! So shoot me! But if it's with a Luger, it had better not change into a Colt by the end of the story!

Esri Rose said...

Caren: Snickering is the correct response, I feel. ;)

Someone asked me if I liked research. I do enjoy research, but these books don't require it. I had enough cultural consciousness of Elves that most stuff is in line with other Elven mythology, and any other coincidences are luck. I didn't want to be too influenced (aside from being influenced by Orlando Bloom, [pant, pant]).

Fedora, I'm totally in limbo as to what I'm going to be working on. I have a big chunk of a third elf book, I'm almost done with the second in a straight (but funny) mystery series, and I just came up with another mystery idea that's funny paranormal. At this point, I feel like I need to figure out what I could be happy writing in the long term, and also what might do well in the market. I have a core group of fans, but they seem to like me because I'm pretty cross genre between straight fantasy and romance, and that's hard to find readers for, frankly. I will tell you that doing all the promo for the Elves kind of made me fall in love with them all over again. Now would be a good time for you guys to go here:

...and see me singing two original Elven songs, one tongue in cheek, and one more serious. If that link breaks a lot, go to and click on the Save the Elves button.

Anna: I'm very much a plotter, but I aspire to be a little more....pantsy. Is that a word? I'd like to write a quicker, sloppier first draft and then fix it. Revisions are not difficult for me, so there's no reason I shouldn't write a quick first draft, except for my own perfectionism. But it's dumb, because I know I'll change things later. I do love crafting language, though. That's hard to give up. And like most writers, when I get stuck, I go back to longhand in a notebook.

I'll tell you what, I love to come up with new ideas and a rough plot. I think an ideal situation for me would be to co-write with someone, but it seems to me that would be about as easy as finding a great spouse. That, or I should be coming up with television show ideas. I don't get super emotionally attached to my work, so I'd be fine with selling something. Fame, respect and money. Is that so much to ask?

Kirsten: Love your YA idea!

There are probably typos in this, but I gotta eat. Go watch my music vids when you get a chance. You should see the state of my fingertips. I hadn't played guitar regularly in probably ten years. I had to restring it before I could do anything.

Beth said...

Welcome back, Esri! We love hearing about your wonderful books and Stolen Magic sounds fabulous

Tawny stole my question *g*

So I'll just say that like Caren, I'm a forgiving reader as long as it's nothing critical.

Esri Rose said...

Oh, and Anna, I'm super picky. That's why I asked the question. But like most of you, I'll forgive a lot for the right characters.

Okay. Food now.

PJ said...

Hi Esri! Welcome back to the lair. Sorry I'm late to arrive but I've been playing in my garden all day.

As you know, I thought Bound to Love Her was terrific! I'm so excited that you have another Elven book out. I will definitely be on the lookout for Stolen Magic.

Sad to say, inconsistencies seem to jump out at me and, as Jo said, bug the hell out of me. :)

I really hope we'll be seeing more of your Elven world in the future!

Enjoy your weekend with the visiting family.

Joan said...

Love me some Elves!

Welcome Esri and can't wait for book two!

Anna Campbell said...

Esri, not only am I a picky Virgo, I'm a control freak. The idea of writing with someone else brings me out in hives! I am God in my world ;-)

What an interesting answer to my plotting/pantser thing. I have this picture that plotters are all such happy campers, doing stuff right first time around, and spend most of their writing life buffing their fingernails, because, yanno, it's so easy once you've sorted out your plot. Clearly I'm mistaken ;-)

Oh, dear, that's two emoticons! Must stop abusing punctuation marks!

Esri Rose said...

Anna: Not that I believe in astrology, but I'm a triple Virgo. ;D

As a plotter, there are still two things that hang me up. 1) You get halfway through the book and realize you need 25% more plot. 2) When you start detailing a plot point on the page, you realize it is one of three things: a) impossible, b)stupid, c) a complete and utter rip-off of another book that's come out since you started the process.

To my knowledge, there's no such thing as a perfect plot right from the get-go. It's just (as Caren says), a guideline.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Esri! Sorry I'm so late to the party today. It has been a heck of a busy week. I need to pick this book up pronto. I think all the elf-related things you've done as promotion have been very cool.

Esri Rose said...

Hey, Trish! I love your new YA column over at RomanceNovelTV!

Anna Campbell said...

Esri, you're destroying my illusions. You know that, don't you?

And Trish's RNTV column is da bomb.

Anna Sugden said...

Ah But Duchesse, you know it's all for a good cause - your loyal fangirls eagerly await your next book!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Pat - I had the same feeling about a book that featured zombies - a home & hearth category romance!

Anna Sugden said...

Welcome Beverley! You own't be disappointed by Esri's fab elven world!

Anna Sugden said...

What Tawny really wants to know is - is it colour-coded *g*?!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Virginia!

Kate - you built a fab world in Homicide in Hardcover, it just wasn't paranormal. I know we're all keen to revisit it!

Anna Sugden said...

Caren - you're like me! I spent ages today looking up pics of Victorian houses, so I'd be able to describe my hero's house.

I'm more a 'spirit of the law' than a 'letter of the law' person too.

Anna Sugden said...

I'd love for you to have come with us, Fo - you'd have really enjoyed the trip! Stirling is home to all things William Wallace.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Kirsten - good to see you - now get back to work! LOL.

I find a good way to catch inconsistencies is not to reread my work for a bit. Then, things really stand out!

Anna Sugden said...

ROFL, Fo! You now have a bunch of worried authors feverishly checking their books!

Anna Sugden said...

That's interesting, Esri. I'm way to precious about my own work to write with someone else LOL. But, I also love plotting with people and coming up with ideas and twists. I think it's the former marketing person in me.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Beth! That Tawny can be naughty like that!

Hi PJ - hope you had fun in your garden.

Hi Joanie - hope you had a good day at work!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Anna at the image of plotters. My image is of them beavering away over documents with their quill pens, noting the minutest of details, while pantsers gaze dreamily into space waiting for inspiration (or is that just me?!)

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Trish - the Amazon pigeon arrived today!

Amy S. said...

Stolen Magic sounds great and great interview!

Dina said...

Esri, I loved your 1st book and will know I'll love this one too. :)