Monday, 5 May 2014

Guest Post : The Making of Summoned: 4 Ways to Keep a Story Interesting by Rainy Kaye

Today I'm delighted to welcome Rainy Kaye, author of Summoned, to my blog. As you read her post, you'll probably guess what attracted me to her book.

The Making of Summoned: 4 Ways to Keep a Story Interesting

Rainy Kaye
Many story concepts lend themselves to great beginnings and endings, but the middle can become a bit murky. Might have gars or creepy, invasive fish in it, so writers often feel like skirting around the edges, sticking to the shallow end with less slippery things. But sometimes, you just have to take the plunge.
Make it the worst. There are things your character does not want to happen. They will do anything to never have to face this darkest of dark fears, to be put into the terrible situation that they’re too scared to even imagine. In the words of Picard: make it so!
Seriously, twist those thumb screws and make them beg. It’s terrible and mean and makes you doubt your sanity (I was doing that anyway, myself) so just go for it. The characters will hate you—but your audience won’t.
Make it big. Don’t just start a fire; create a bomb. In SUMMONED, I did this literally, but you don’t have to always blow things up (I just happen to love big booms, but refer to the above sanity check). Whatever it is your character needs to do, force them to make it bigger.
Make it flawed. The only thing better than making a fire into an explosion is making the explosion go off as the worst possible time. Perfect escapes aren’t nearly as fun to write (or read) as one that is terribly inconvenient right up to the end.
Make it uncomfortable. This probably says more about me than I should be okay with, but I enjoy making my characters squirm. Have you met Silvia yet? Dimitri despises his current lot in life, but he’s really not looking forward to when that person gets a hold of him. The reason is kind of gross.
Personally, diving in is one of my most favorite parts of writing. If it doesn’t work, you can always revise it or even delete the whole scene. But when it does work—and sometimes, it really does—you won’t fear the deep end again.

Summoned by Rainy Kaye

Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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About The Author

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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