Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Chat: Guest Post with Christine Rains, author of FEARLESS

 

Tomorrow is the official release date of Christine Rains' Fearless, but we have a special guest post with author Christine Rains. Christine has been one of my dearest friends and critique partners, so I'm thrilled she has her first paranormal romance novella out! Congrats, Christine, and take it away!
 
Fear and the Fearless

Thank you very much for having me here today, Cherie. I'm here to share some tips that every writer can use.

At the heart of every story, there's something the protagonist fears. She might be afraid of losing someone she loves or she's terrified of the monster in the cellar, but fear is what propels our characters into action.

In my new paranormal romance novella, FEARLESS, Abby White fights the creatures spawned by children's fears. She's not frightened of the monsters themselves, but what drives her is her fear for the children's safety. Abby might be from a long line of warriors called the Fearless, but it's not because she's without fear. It's because she's brave enough to face them.

Fear can be a difficult thing to portray in your writing. It's not always about supernatural beings or serial killers. It can the fear a teenager feels starting a new school or giving a speech in front of a gymnasium full of people. It's irrational and can be all-consuming.

When writing fear, make sure it's plain what's at stake. It's more effective when your readers know what can be gained and what can be lost. There's hope, but there's also evil. We're often afraid of the unknown, but it's far more terrifying to know what lurks in the dark.

Include what the protagonist is feeling on three levels: mind, heart, and gut. We're rational beings. We're going to try to analyze our fears, but that rationality is thwarted by questions which cannot be answered. All our emotions are whipped up in a horrific cocktail. We feel and think the most inappropriate things when frightened. The baser instincts in us boil down to fight or flee. Whatever your protagonist feels in their gut will direct your story.

Tension and suspense are key elements. When heightening the tension, use shorter sentences and powerful verbs. Keep your descriptions clear and to the point. Show, never tell. A few key details will be enough. Never underestimate your readers' imaginations. They will help add to the suspense.

One of the tricks to writing fear is to include something you fear yourself. If you're afraid of clowns or porcupines, it doesn't matter. Look deep into yourself and drag out those most primal of emotions. It doesn't need to be gory, but it needs to be honest and bare.

Abby White was born from my fear for my son. What would happen if there was something he was frightened of and I wasn't there to help him? What if it was real and I didn't believe him? Who would protect him? The Fearless will save him.

Abby White was seven years old when she killed the monster under her bed. Now she slays creatures spawned by the fertile imaginations of children, and the number of these nightmares are on the rise. Neither she nor her guide - a stuffed hippo named Tawa - know why.
When she rescues Demetrius from an iron prison, he pledges his life to protect hers until he can return the favor. She doesn't want the help. And how can she concentrate on her job when the gorgeous wild fae throws himself in front of her during every fight? No matter how tempting, she can't take the time to lose herself to him.

To save the children and all she loves, Abby must be truly Fearless.

To get your free copy on Smashwords, click here. To get your free copy on Kobo, click here.

To purchase on Amazon, click here. On Barnes and Noble here. And from CreateSpace in print here.

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and son in a cozy little house stuffed full of books and games. She has sixteen short stories and one novella published, and three short stories forthcoming.

Please visit her website at http://christinerains.net/.

18 comments:

Christine Rains said...

Thank you so much for having me here today! :)

Kyra Lennon said...

Wonderful post, and great advice! Good luck with Fearless!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And Christine handled fear so well in her story!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't think people who don't have children don't understand the fear a parent has of not bing there to protect their children. Happy release day eve to you.

Christine Rains said...

Kyra, thank you again! You're so sweet to go about visiting sites for me when your tour starts today! :)

Alex, thank you! I try my best.

Susan, thanks! I agree with you. I thought I did before I had a child, but the feeling is so overwhelming. I would never properly be able to describe it.

Gwen Gardner said...

What an original idea! Fearless sounds awesome. Congrats on your new release:)

DL Hammons said...

Interesting premise! Good luck with it! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Excellent writing tips. Thanks.

Christine Rains said...

Gwen, thank you!

DL, thanks! It was a fun story to write.

Carol, you're welcome!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I'm definitely going to download this book. It sounds interesting. I love the whole monster under the bed take.

M Pax said...

Congrats Christine! Fearless is awesome. Everybody needs to read it.

kmckendry said...

I use my fear of spiders when I'm writing some creepy scenes. Sounds like a great book!

Cathy Keaton said...

This sounds like a really good story! I downloaded it right away.

Christine Rains said...

Michael, thanks! It was fun writing the monsters for the book.

M Pax, thank you so much!

kmckendry, that's awesome! Spiders creep me out too.

Cathy, fantastic! Thank you!

tfwalsh said...

Huge congrats Christine... this is an amazing story, and something everyone can relate to - the fear that is:)

Lexa Cain said...

Fear is the reason I write YA and use female protagonists. The character must feel fear in order for the reader to, and that's so much easier with a teen girl. Right? lol

Lynda R Young said...

I've picked up a copy and am looking forward to reading it.
Great tips for writing fear.

Christine Rains said...

Tania, thank you so much!

Lexa, lots of fears out there for teen girls!

Lynda, thank you! Enjoy.