Alrighty everyone, its here at last! I've been putting it off, but with the recent moving turmoil I decided the best way to soothe my overstressed mind was to concentrate on Isabella's troubles. Enjoy!
I had such a good time creating my dream cast for Sunder, I decided to do it again for Fissure.
You've all seen the cover, now you can see the group of talented actors who lent me their faces, voices, and souls (seriously, I have them in a jar) while I was writing. For some of them, the characters came to me long before I assigned them a face or specific mannersims. But some characters were created simply because I saw the actors and were struck so firmly by their presence, I was compelled to use them in my stories.
It sounds creepy, but I'm a writer... did you expect any different?
So what do you think? Is this what you envisioned as you read?
There may be no two groups of people in this world who are more different than self-identified nerds and members of prison gangs. But I found myself writing a scene today between a nerdy white female character and her older, Hispanic captor who had spent the majority of his career working as a prison guard. My character used the term "LARP" only to have her captor stare at her blankly. I came up with a brilliant way to compare the different types of nerds (and the perception of hierarchy therein) to prison gangs. But then I remembered that these characters exist in an alternate future where California is still a part of Mexico. Well, dang it. So while I can't include this wonderful bit of analogy in my book, I can share it here. Bear in mind that there is a great deal of cross-pollination in nerd land. The Babylon 5 enthusiast may also be a writer of Anime fan fiction. The Physicist may also get super excited about Star Wars. With prison gangs, there is no cross-pollina…