Monday, December 10, 2012

Guest Post: Sonya Watson

From Concept to Novel - Author Sonya Watson shares with us the journey of her novel The Tide Breaker.

I would be reading a book or watching television and an idea would hit me. I would have nothing but the idea. My idea for The Tide Breaker came from an open discussion at a writer’s conference about my second novel Moon Rise. As you can probably guess from the title it was a terrible novel. I was heartbroken but I proposed an idea to my fellow writers. The idea I came up with was monsters who look like humans mating with humans to produce children that were the monsters we remember from fairy tales. I knew I was on to something. I wrote an outline, but I wrote freely most times so that the story could take me where it wanted to go. I was able to flush out a storyline, but a very convoluted one and I released the novel prematurely. Of course, I was hammered with criticism, but such is life. I am better because of it. I took five more months, on top of the six months I had taken to write the previous version, to rewrite and edit the latest version. Now, that version is available online. How I came up with the title is another story… Actually my friend came up with it over a glass of wine.

About the Author:  I was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica. I moved to Canada eleven years ago. I discovered writing when I was eleven. However, I was unable to pursue it since I resided in a country where writing was impractical. I rediscovered the art my third year at York University. Kinesiology, the program I was enrolled in, was no longer simulating and I found myself questioning my purpose in life. This led me to poetry and poetry led me to writing novels.

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