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#EoB Trivia (Round 1)

With today’s Echoes of Balance cover release on Writer’s Ally and my fantastic editor Kisa tweeting some of her favorite lines from the book, I thought it might be appropriate to post some random trivia about the book and it’s characters. Consider this the first in many rounds – more to come when I’m feeling too low-energy to actually write a short story about Ducante and some of my other favorite characters that don’t get a lot of air time in The Ways trilogy. So, here we go:

1. Chloe, in her first iteration, was created when I was about eleven. I think she started as a Harry Potter-esque wizard and then I decided she wasn’t that at all, and slowly she evolved into being what she was and having a family and all that jazz and rhyme.

2. Chloe’s birthday would be in September (exact day unknown, she doesn’t keep track). Because I just feel like that’s a good season for her. Also, several of the people closest to me have birthdays that month, and I feel like she embodies some of their best – and worst – qualities.

3. Naimei is pronounced nigh (rhymes with ‘high’) may (rhymes with ‘hay’). It came about when I realized I finally had to name what Chloe was if she was going to be a main character. I think I was staring at a garbage can when it happened.

4. Naimei have existed in or around every major civilization and culture which is why the names of Chloe, her family members, and others of her kind seem so diverse – they’re an extremely multicultural people. THE WORLD IS THEIR OYSTER CULTURE.

5. That debonair vampire in the story’s cover release/back cover blurb? His name is Josef.

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Updates Again

If you’re reading this, it’s become obvious that my story-a-day goal was lofty and not met. Things happen. In truth, I got very wrapped up in the end of my senior year of college and the opportunities after. Namely, moving to New York City to teach in the Bronx. As you can imagine, the move itself was a lot of work, and my year kept me busy (high schoolers, much like puppies, need a lot of attention).

Amidst all that craziness, my first novel in a series of novels involving the characters contained within Ducante Originals, was picked up by the super-cool start up REUTS Publication. Yay REUTS! You can look forward to Echoes of Balance (formerly ‘All of the Demons‘) in 2014 (fingers crossed) and I am actively working on the second book in the intended trilogy (in between grading papers and playing with my brand new kitten. Yeah, I owe y’all a picture).

So what’s going on with this blog? Well, I need to start writing more. These stories were originally intended to help give me perspective into these characters I’ve been sorting out since I was a kid, and help explore their lives and the world they live in differently than I am able to in novel form. So what can you expect in this space? More stories. Maybe selections from the new book, at the discretion of my editor. I just don’t know yet.

But, you should probably stay tuned – I promise things will come. Really.

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