Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q= Quiet, Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

Quiet for writing...I don't need quiet.

 In fact I prefer ordinary noise and actions happening around me. I write in the living room, with the dog and cats around. My husband is generally there too, reading or watching TV. My college daughters might breeze on by in or out the front door.

I have a small office area set up in my bedroom, but I am just not productive there.
Plus my dog Baxter comes and barks at me--he hates it when I am in the bedroom! He wants hubby and I to be in the same room.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

P= Parallel Worlds, Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

When I was a single girl I lived for a year in the San Jose area. I didn't have car at that time, but the bus system was very good so I went everywhere on the bus. 

Usually the buses I took weren't very crowded. I kept a mild flirtation with a young man(very gorgeous) who took the same bus to work. My best friend's husband warned me he was a player so I didn't get in too deep! I'm sure I would have been one of a harem of women...

Sometimes I would head somewhere on a crowded bus and I tried to sit by myself or by a woman, since there were some strange people on the buses. One day I sat down by a man who was neatly dressed in a suit. I didn't look too closely at him, but there were few choices since it was so crowded. I was just glad to sit by someone who seemed to be on his way home from work, ordinary.

"Do you believe in parallel worlds?" He asked. And I realized my seat-mate wasn't quite sane.

 I have often thought that would be a good opening scene, a call to adventure.

O= Obsession, Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

Obsession, I haz it. But it changes constantly. Sometimes I obsess over a television show(Buffy, Firefly...) Sometimes over an idea like moving somewhere, sometimes it is a skill, like crocheting hats.

Lately It has been Harry Potter. I reread all the books, watched all the movies. Then I moved on to fanfic-- The James Potter Series by Lippert--novel length, free, downloads in mobi--and good! Right now I am enthralled with Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness,  another fanfic that can be downloaded in mobi. It tells Neville's story back at Hogwarts during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Harry, Hermione and Ron are out searching for horcruxes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

N= Naming Characters Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

I love names, but sometime it takes me a while to find or invent a name. I spend time on name sites, I look up surnames common to unusual ethnic backgrounds. Sometimes I have a story half written and decide that one of my main characters names doesn't work. In upcoming Neon Orchid, heroine Brielle's name was originally Flavia. Hmm. My twin daughters were four days old before we settled on names!

Melisse Aires is a pen name. I spent quite a bit of time searching google to find a name that wasn't very common. Melisse is the name of a French herb, called bee balm in English. Melisse/Melissa means honey.

I pronounce Melisse:  Ma leese'.

On real life my given name is Victorian, my maiden name means 'pig farmer,' and my married name is straight from County Cork. Even better, my given name and married name rhyme, so cute.

M= Marriage Vows, Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

Here are the marriage vows my hero and heroine take in Alien Blood. Much prettier than my own vows were! This is a change up of some pretty ancient vows.

Where you go I will go, 
and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people,
And your Star will be my Star.
And we will be one.
Let nothing but death part you from me
That we may be together in eternity
In the Starlit Haven.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

L= Little Ones, Behind the Story #AtoZChallenge

I think the distant future will still have families and the joys and trials of raising children. A two year old  today has much in common with a two year old from a couple thousand years ago--as in needing constant supervision and care. Nap time, tantrums, sitting on mom's lap, playing.  A child on a far future space ship will be no different. The time and effort of raising a baby to maturity will always be a concern for adults. So why not have child characters in a SFR book? Children raise the stakes--as much as a character does not want to die, they really, really don't want harm to come to their child.

When writing SFR there is something I always keep in mind. It wasn't the explorers, trappers or forts full of  soldiers that tamed the west--it was the families, the women with children, who brought schools and churches, law and order to the Wild West. I envision much the same for the Diaspora Worlds.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

WEWRIWA: Refugees on Urloon

Read More Snippets


All around, people discarded clothing and painted their bodies with bright fluorescent dyes: pink, green, blue, yellow and orange, making them part of the dancing aurora above.
Svana grabbed into the basket and got elura, now enjoying the familiar sting on first taste and the evaporation that left the tongue and mouth cool
 Liam’s globe was dyeSvana laughed as he covered one arm in bright glistening blue.
Her next globe was dye. “No!”
Liam laughed, his eyes glinting wickedly. “Now you’ll have to take something off.”
Svana opened her mouth to protest and stopped. 


In my book Refugees On Urloon  my couple, who have worked together as captain and crew member, survived being stranded in deep space with a crew of students. They have found refuge on a distant, strange world. Their hosts invite them to join an alien fertility festival.

Liam and Svana long for signs of spring in their lives after a long dark time. They both struggle with the decision to attend the festival...but for the first time they acknowledge their desire for a different type of relationship between them--as lovers.