Go big or go home, they say

I’ve been tossing around what to do next and my CP helped me find my way — which is why it’s important to have partners that are good at the things you suck at. For me it’s coming up with ideas and where to put commas.

So I wondered if I should leave medieval China, try something else. Something maybe more “marketable” in case this China thing doesn’t work. But I just couldn’t. So if anything, I’m going deeper into the wuxia genre that inspired me by adding paranormal elements.

It’s quite exciting! The supernatural is so prominently woven into Chinese history and culture that I practically feel like I’m still researching a historical rather than worldbuilding for a paranormal romance. There are major texts on the supernatural and a city that is well known to contain the gate to the underworld. I mean, so well known that there’s practically nothing mysterious about it. I’ll have to change that in my book. 🙂 And it’ll have all the things I love — swords, honor, melodramatic characters – LOL.

I’m trying to learn something new by brainstorming a series. All my previous stories were related, but standalone. Plotting a series you need to think of the series arc as well as each story arc. It’s quite fascinating. I don’t have what I call the “Big Bad” nailed down yet, so things are still pretty loose.

But I do have nearly all five couples mapped out. I realize that I don’t start with character sketches or outlines or even worldbuilding. I start by matchmaking. I figure out the hero and the heroine and gauge if there’s enough conflict and chemistry for them to carry a book. I don’t know much about them other than whether they’ll spark. I guess that’s why at the heart of it, I write romance.

Oh, a hint? Tao sorcery, exorcism swords…a Secret Service team that works for the Emperor (inspired by my research for Unusual Historicals). I think I can start writing by this weekend. Giddy!

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  1. Dara
    Aug 27, 2009 @ 12:05:37

    That sounds completely awesome! Don’t you love it when ideas click like that?

    BTW have your read Lisa See’s Peony in Love? That has a lot to do with the Chinese conception of the afterworld. It’s very interesting.

    I want to read it again but I seem to have misplaced my copy somewhere at home…:(

  2. Lisa
    Aug 27, 2009 @ 14:22:38

    This sounds fantastic! How exciting!

  3. Victoria Janssen
    Aug 27, 2009 @ 15:14:35

    Woo, wuxia!

    I’m there.

  4. Flicka Holt
    Aug 28, 2009 @ 10:52:05

    Oh, I’ll definitely want to read this! Sounds awesome.

    And I agree, the matchmaking is the place to start. Ultimately, the hero and heroine are what makes or breaks the book.