The journey to publication includes hard work and some planning. Author Kristen Reed shares her process and gives us a glimpse of behind the scenes of her new release.
~ Dawn Kinzer
The Write Method
Something about the world of royalty and romance has captivated our society for centuries. Whether it’s the ongoing struggle between good an evil or the chivalric love stories people love them!
I’m no different.
Early last year, I decided to rewrite these classic tales with new twists, and switching to more methodical writing practices has helped me write the first three books in The Fairetellings Series. In this blog, I’ll share my process so you can get a glimpse into how my mind works plus some behind the scenes information about this month’s release, Ingrid’s Engagement: How A Beauty Tamed A Beast.
1. The Idea: Every book starts with an idea. This month’s release, Ingrid’s Engagement is based on Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s Beauty and the Beast. The twist is that it’s a magic-free, Christian story of spiritual transformation instead of the tale of a cursed man.
2. The Preparation: When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Here is what my prep/planning looked like for Ingrid’s Engagement.
a. Setting: Ingrid’s Engagement takes place during a war in the late nineteenth century, so I did research on camp life and weapons that would have been relevant for that time period.
b. Name: I love giving characters and places names that are relevant to their stories. A few from my new book are below.
i. The Beauty Character: Ingrid means“Ing is
ii. Beast Character: Viggo means“war.”
iii. Viggo’s Kingdom: Villriket comes from the Norwegian words “vill” and “riket,” which mean “wild” and “kingdom.”
c. Plot: Before starting my first draft, I write out a list of plot points that take the story from start to finish. This sometimes changes as I’m writing, but it really helps me stay on track. Several events I wrote in my initial outline didn’t make it into Ingrid’s Engagement, but I won’t spoil the story by saying what they were!
3. Writing: At this point, I create my first draft. No real explanation
4. Editing: This is my least favorite but most rewarding phase of the process. I use the editing software AutoCrit, read the entire manuscript out loud, and send each book off to a professional editor.
5. Design: Since I’m a graphic designer I create my own covers. I usually run several potential designs by my friends before deciding on a final one.
6. Final Proofing: At this point, I get a printer proof of my book as well as an ebook file and check both for correct formatting. Once everything looks good, I give the files my final blessing and get ready for the publication date!
With thousands of authors creating amazing works these days, I’m sure you’ll find just as many different methods of taking a story from an idea to a book you can hold in your hands or scroll through on your Kindle. Whether you’re a writer, reader, or just plain curious, I hope you enjoyed reading about my process. I also hope you’ll love reading Ingrid’s Engagement just as much as I loved writing it! Happy reading!
When King Viggo marches through the kingdom of Schlagefilde in a relentless quest for retribution against its wicked king, the Count of Anselm attempts to make peace with him. As the two strike a deal that will protect the people of Anselm, the King of Villriket becomes enthralled with a portrait of the Count’s oldest daughter, Ingrid. The vengeful king vows that he will leave Edmund’s county in peace if he will allow him to marry Ingrid. To prevent her father from incurring the sovereign’s wrath, the young lady hastily agrees and enters into an unforeseen engagement with the grim ruler.
Ingrid’s Engagement tells the enchanting tale of a beautiful young woman who softens the hardened heart of a beastly king with nothing more than her quiet wisdom and gentle spirit.
Kristen Reed, a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, is an artist, filmmaker, and author from Dallas, Texas. As a Christian, her faith heavily influences her writing and is the driving force in her life.
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