Writing for the Seasons by Maya Tyler
The seasonal books, taking place during Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, might be written at a completely different time of year. A book about Christmas could be written in the scorching heat of summer. A thanksgiving tale could be written during an unforgiving blizzard. How to get in the mood to write a seasonal story?
There are countless ways to drum up some holiday spirit… Some authors may play Christmas music to get them in a festive mood. Some authors may immerse themselves in holiday foods and treats.
I see the approach to writing holiday stories just as I do all stories though. I write paranormal romance. There is never a season for the paranormal. Whenever it is, wherever you are, a paranormal story is composed through complete imagination. So take your season, imagine your story, and give it life. Anytime. Anywhere.
My book Dream Hunter took place during a hot Chicago summer. I choose summer, not because I wrote the book during that season, but because it suited the atmosphere I wanted to create. In summer, with soaring temperatures, I find it’s harder to think. I can be more reckless, less patient. Hot weather puts me in a ‘pool and beach’ mood, not necessarily a ‘work and be productive’ mood. It’s easier to react (and overreact) emotionally. Without divulging any spoilers, the muggy, humid weather added to my heroine’s fatigue and emotional state of mind. It helped her appearance come alive and added elements of foreshadowing to my story.
Inspiration can be found anywhere. An author takes a moment, a conversation, a fleeting thought and can convert it into an idea. I often think my best ideas come from my subconscious thoughts – dreams – often inspired by my real life circumstances. Like internal brainstorming. Some ideas materialize into stories. Some ideas are put on the back burner. Sometimes permanently.
I do enjoy reading seasonal books, especially in the right season… Although on a hot summer day, a tall glass of iced tea might pair nicely with a Christmas story.
Maya Tyler is a romance author, blogger, wife, and mother. She has a degree in Commerce and her day job is in Finance. Over the past few years, she decided to unleash her creative streak and get serious about writing. So far, she has published a short story “Just for Tonight” in an anthology titled With Love from Val and Tyne, and has written a few books. Writing mostly paranormal romances, all of her books have a common theme–happily ever after. Dream Hunter is her debut novella. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing with Lego and watching superhero movies with her husband and sons. You can visit her anytime on Twitter, Facebook or her website or sample her quirky writing style on her blog.
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