Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Denise Tompkins

Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Denise Tompkins today. 

 

Internal Voices

I hear voices. Lots of voices. They talk to me way more than I’d like to admit and, more often than not, at the most inopportune times. For example, last night I was reading a popular urban fantasy series and one of my favorite characters was on the page. I was totally into the scene when this internal voice overrode the dialogue. His voice is velvet, his Scottish brogue like auditory foreplay. He suggested—gently for an Alpha male—that I put down the novel, get my laptop and finish a scene I’d left hanging with him and two other characters. It was, after all, bothering him that the scene lacked closure. Of course I did what he asked, because it’s not wise to ignore him when he asks for something. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the hero of Legacy: Bahlin Drago.

When I started writing, it took me a while to sort out character voices. I would struggle initially to find the right voice for the right character because there were so many voices from which to choose. I would play with these imaginary people on paper, trying to find the right combinations. Bahlin was different. I was laying in bed, struggling with the concept of Legacy, when he literally strolled across my frontal lobe, shirtless (thank you, imagination) and said, very clearly, “Stop yehr fashin’ aboot and get up already. Nothin’ will get done with you having a lie in.”

I sputtered and said, “It’s freaking midnight.

He arched a dark brow and smirked. “Not in Scotland, love.”

Right then, right there, I had him. Needless to say, I got out of bed and wrote. It was one of the most productive midnight writing sessions ever, but I still resented the manner in which it all happened. He didn’t care then, and he cares even less now.

What I’ve learned is that Bahlin is a very wily creature. He’s a conundrum that, to me, makes the series a great deal of fun to write. While he loves Maddy, he’s also equally fond of power, and it’s a real gamble as to which holds his heart on any given day. It took me until halfway through the book to get a good feel for him, he was so slippery. He’d come across sincere one minute and a bit underhanded the next. His charming demeanor and the love of the heroine, Maddy, tends to override the fact that he’s got an agenda.

I struggled mightily with him, at times loving him and alternately hating him. It was when I figured out his true agenda that I knew, I knew, I had him right, because no character that is that complex can be anything other than three-dimensional.

Bahlin hovers in my mind, a constant presence, regardless of whether or not the project at hand is his. He’s got unfinished business, and I have a feeling that he’ll be making himself known on a regular basis until he feels things have been tied up neatly and the series is ready to come to a close.

Legacy debuts October 18, 2011. The second book, Wrath, releases April 3, 2012 and the third, Vengeance, releases October 2012. Print books are available approximately 10 months after the digital release.

Visit Denise Tompkins’ website for more information about Legacy and her other upcoming releases.

****Giveaway****

Denise would like to giveaway a $25 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of Legacy to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment on her post above about character voices. What’s your take?

Giveaway is open until October 21, winner announced soon after.

Pre-order a copy of Legacy HERE.

Comments

  1. TrishJ says

    LOL. I hear voices, but it’s usually my mom saying I told you so. I would love to hear a scottish brogue talking in my ear. Great post. I’m eager to read LEgacy now.

    • says

      Hi Trish.
      The Scottish brogue is one of my favorites. I’ve got one who’s Irish, too, and it makes me seriously dizzy sometimes. :)

      I hope you’ll have an opportunity to read Legacy. Even more, I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed writing it.

      Denise

  2. Connie says

    I hear voices in my head all the time, they never turned out to be an amazing characters for a book tho. They are mostly internal monologues lol
    Great post!

    • says

      Hi Connie,
      I laughed — I have that voice too. Usually, though, it’s one of my characters pulling a *very* strong attitude. But you know what? I really don’t mind. :) (And secret? The monologues I have sometimes end up as the best one-liners in my books!)

      Best,
      Denise

  3. says

    Characters speak to me all the time. For the book I’m writing and the ones I read. I love it when a story stands out like that as reader. Its makes a solid connection and investment for the story.

    I love the name Bahlin! How did you come up with that?

    Great interview!

    • says

      YES! Not all characters have actual voices for me when I’m reading but there are some I definitely “hear”. Jamie from Outlander has a wonderful voice. :)

      • says

        Hi Dren!
        I hope, if you get a chance to read Legacy, that you find a solid connection to the characters. It would be the best compliment I could receive.

        Bahlin (Bahy-lin) — the name was one I made up. No idea where it came from, honestly. I was sitting, contemplating this voice and playing with letters and I spelled it out. It was almost like a “thunderclap moment,” it fit so well. :)

        And Sophia? You and I could be friends. I’m so seriously in love with Jamie from Outlander it’s beyond obsession. (sigh) What I wouldn’t do for THAT man.

        Thanks for the comments!
        Denise

  4. says

    I hear voices all the time – for the characters I write and for the ones I read. I love it when a story stands out so much that the characters keep me entertained!

    I love the name Bahlin! How did you come up with that?

    Great interview!

  5. Maria D. says

    I don’t hear voices in my head since I’m not a writer but I can always tell when a writer has been listening to the character’s voice because of how well the story flows. I think it’s hilarious that Bahlin made Ms. Tompkins get out of bed.
    “Legacy” sounds like a fun story to read and I have high hopes for it and the series! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • says

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Maria. This is one of my favorite things about being an author — getting to talk to readers.

      I’ll be posting an excerpt on my website today, so you can stop and get a feel for Bahlin’s voice. :) His brogue is pronounced when he’s emotional, and it’s a charmer for sure.

      And Bahlind *did* make me get up. He’s rather demanding. In fact, reading this I swear to you I heard deep laughter. I do believe you tickled him. :)

      I hope you enjoy Legacy and the series. (Insider note: Book 2’s a shocker),
      Denise

  6. says

    I have to agree with TrishJ – the voice in my head sounds a LOT like my mother! If it sounded like Bahlin and appeared in a hot bod like the one pictured above, I’d probably swoon.
    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

    • says

      Hi RebeLovesBooks.

      Let me tell you, having him strolling around half-clad in my mind is NOT a hardship! He’s delicious, beyond the picture above even. I wish I could find the “right” pic for him. I’d have an automatic following regardless of the story! :)

      Thanks for the comment (and I hope your mom’s voice is a good one).
      Denise

  7. says

    The voice I hear is usually myself and I’m talking to my Mom, she’s been gone for 8 years now but I still ask her advice all the time.

    • says

      Hi Diane.
      I’m sorry to hear your mom’s gone, but I’m glad you’ve still got that connection to her. I know I hear my mom’s voice regularly, typically admonishing me to eat more vegetables or rinse my plate before I put it in the dishwasher. And if someone, anyone, yells my middle name? I hunch my shoulders. Pavovian response. LOL

      I hope you get a chance to read Legacy and enjoy the result of the voices in my head.

      All my best,
      Denise

  8. says

    I talk to myself in my head a lot. I am either talking myself off the ledge when another one of my boys are refusing to listen to me. Or trying to talk myself into doing chores. The voice I wish I heard was a sexy Highlander whispering sweet nothings to me, even if he is telling me to do chores or to take a deep breath because of one of my boys… my voice is not cutting it anymore! LOL

    Ü

  9. says

    Hi Tena.

    I laughed when I read this. Thanks. Bahlin, being Bahlin, chuckled. “Tell her I’d be glad teh whisper teh her. Noothin’s seh sexy as dirrrrty laundry in a Highlander’s voice.”

    I feel a distinct need to apologize for his sense of humor, but if you could plug into my own head, you’d realize what a walking train wreck the man is. He kills me.

    I hope you get a chance to read and (please, God) enjoy the book. (New author jitters.) LOL

    All my best,
    Denise

  10. Little Lamb Lost says

    Character voices can be pretty impressive. I remember how I distinctly heard Wrath’s voice in JR Ward’s Dark Lover.

    As for myself, I don’t tend to hear character voices on my own and without the help of an author. However, I rather think that it would disconcert me no end if I did. :)

    • says

      Hi Little Lamb Lost.

      I agree — Wrath’s voice was so strong. Beth’s paled next to his.

      Having characters talk to me is, admittedly, strange, but I’ve morphed into an Internal Voice Addict (IVA). I love having these voices roiling around. I carry a small notepad so that when I’m out — shopping, at the doctor’s office, out to dinner — I can jot down things I “hear.” My family and friends find it entertaining. :)

      I hope you’ll be able to hear Bahlin’s voice clearly. It’s so strong for me and I can only pray I was able to get that to come across in the story.

      Thanks for the comment!
      Denise

  11. CrystalGB says

    I love to hear how the characters’ voices are heard by authors and that they are wanting their story told. Some characters are so bold that they seem to leap off the page. Those are the ones that draw me into the story the most.

  12. says

    Hi Crystal!

    I truly hope that, if you read Legacy, you’ll find that Bahlin’s voice is a strong one. Heaven knows he’s internally insistent that the story carry on. :) Fortunately, my publisher agrees and has the next two books planned. I’m pretty thrilled (and Bahlin just wooted). So odd….

    But yeah, the voices that seem to almost haunt authors are the ones that truly come across the page for me and translate to characters I can fall in love with. It’s a great thing.

    Thanks for leaving a comment and good luck in the contest!
    Denise

  13. Amanda says

    At least your characters seem to talk to you regularly. Mine ONLY talk to me when they want something. Like out of a trunk. Or *ahem* onto each other.

    Besides, Bahlin’s hot and has an accent! It can’t be that bad to have that strutting around in your brain all day. :)

    Looking forward to Legacy, it’s on preorder so I get to start reading tomorrow!

    Amanda

    • says

      Thanks, Amanda!

      Yeah, I have to admit that having Bahlin wandering around in my head half-naked and burring at me like he does isn’t a hardship. Neither is his Irish counterpart. ;) (hint to book 2)

      I seriously hope you enjoy Legacy and appreciate your pre-order. The thought of you reading it makes the butterflies in my stomach take up radical maneuvers. Here’s hoping you like it!

      (And Bahlin’s blowing you kisses),
      Denise

  14. says

    I’m jealous! No matter how hard I try, I can never hear a character’s voice in an accent–Scottish or otherwise. (It could have something to do with my own horrendous attempts at speaking in brogue.) I actually had an Irish character at one time and had to change him to Iowan. The accent was too hard!

    • says

      Hi Tamara.

      I love the Iowan. I had to research dialects and do a lot of reading to get it straight. The slang is different than British, but fortunately my British friend is married to a Scotsman and he was more than happy to cuss at me for research purposes. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Denise

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth.

      I’m so glad you stopped by today! I talk a great deal about the writing process on my blog. Hope you’ll check it out. And good luck in the contest!

      Denise

  15. Beth Williams says

    I hear voices usually my mother telling me i told u so ad then the Wonderful voices of Dora n Diego I thank my lovely little girls for that!! Lol. I do believe that’s why I love to read cause I get to hear voices other than Dora and Diego. I consider that my adult time to myself!

  16. Beth Williams says

    I hear voices usually my mother telling me i told u so and then the Wonderful voices of Dora n Diego I thank my lovely little girls for that!! Lol. I do believe that’s why I love to read cause I get to hear voices other than Dora and Diego. I consider that my adult time to myself!

    • says

      Hi Beth.

      I love the Dora n Diego voices — made me laugh. You’re a stronger woman than I if they repeat in your head all day. :)

      I hope you find some time to enjoy Bahlin, either as a contest winner or otherwise. He’s a treat and perfect for your adult time.

      Best,
      Denise

  17. Jenifer says

    As a reader, the scenes described by the author play thru mind mind as I read, so it only seems fitting that an author would hear the voices for her characters as well. I’m terrible with accents, though!

    • says

      Hey Jenifer.

      I have voices and scenes and worlds percolating in my mind all the time. The challenge is translating what I see to words that readers can interpret as easily. I *want* it so bad — hunger for it, really — so that readers can know what I know about my beloved characters. I hope, madly, passionately and with all I am, that Legacy delivers and you get that glimpse. :)

      Good luck in the contest,
      Denise

  18. Regina Ross says

    great post, youre a new author to me so i’ll have to check your sites out but the book sounds really good

    • says

      Thanks, Regina, for the compliment on the post.

      I’d love for you to check out my sites and stuff. As a debut author, I look for every way I can to let people know what I’m about. Above all, though, I want the story to hold its own for readers so they look forward to the next release and the one after that. There’s an excerpt on my website if that will help you decide if you’d like to try Legacy.

      I wish you only the happiest reading and wish you luck in the contest!
      Denise

  19. says

    Voices fascinate me. Sometimes I’ll recognize a voice before a face, especially since I play video games. And let’s not talk about voice-kink! But, in a story, if the character has a certain “voice” or point of view, if you like them, you’ll follow them through thick and thin, and if you don’t, then the rest of the story doesn’t really matter.

    • says

      Hi Marlene!

      I could hug you. Hard. I totally agree with you about the voice thing. I’ve followed characters through books that were less than the character deserved, if only to keep the connection with that voice.

      To me, voice is as important as story because of what you point out — the rest of the story doesn’t matter if the voice isn’t there.

      I hope you’ll stop by my blog and take a look at the short excerpt on my site. It’s a sampling of my voice, though it’s not exactly in context so it’s only a glimpse. I hope you see that “thing” that you’re looking for in your characters. :)

      Thanks for such a great comment!
      Denise

  20. says

    Wonderful interview and I love to learn how the character’s come to life for the authors, and how the they all come together to create a wonderful story.
    I have both book on my gotta have list, and I can;t wait to read them…*S*
    Thank you for the giveaway..and wish you continued success!

    pommawolf@ hotmail.com

    • says

      Hi Darcy!

      I’m so excited for you to read Legacy. The series really follows the growth of the characters, giving you deeper and deeper insight into them. Every book is richer and richer with the history of who they are. I hope you enjoy them.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Denise

  21. erinf1 says

    Wow! Thanks for a great post and giveaway! This book sounds amazing! On my wishlist!

    I’d have to say that I”m in awe of any writer. I couldn’t do it and it sounds like a heck of a lot of work. So I really appreciate their hard work, as I am an avid reader. I wouldn’t know the the first thing about character voices. Just that you can tell when ever the characters “speak” especially strongly to an author b/c it comes across on the page. Some books I’ve read, the characters seem shallow and stereotypical. its the ones that you can actually invision as a real person that I suspect are the ones that interrupt a poor author’s night ;)

    Thanks again!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

    • says

      Hi erinf1!

      (Cute fur baby)
      I think you nailed it on the head — the ones that keep us awake, that haunt our thoughts, are the ones who come across so well-drawn. We learn about them as we write them. Bahlin has a side to him I didn’t recognize at all until book 2, and it literally made me cry. I was so mad! But I knew he had my heart, so it was worth it.

      And you’re so right that my characters are real to me. They’re complex, three-dimensional people with hopes and wishes and dreams. I love them all, and I want things for them that scare me. I worry I’m not the best person to give it to them, but who else do they have?

      Obviously, you’ve provoked a deeper thought here. I’m going to have to blog about this now. :) GREAT post! Thank you!

      Good luck in the contest!
      Denise

    • says

      Hi Alicia.

      It’s an absolute riot! You never know what they’re going to say and, truly, *when* they’re going to pop off with something that makes you laugh out loud…in church. Yeah, it happened. (That line happens to be my favorite of book 2.)

      Thanks for the comment!
      Denise

  22. Barbara Elness says

    The only voice in my head is my own, and I envy those fantastic authors who have others running around in their heads. It sounds pretty disconcerting, but is a good thing for their fans.

    Barbed1951at aol dot com

    • says

      Hi Barbara.

      It can be disconcerting at times, to have someone demanding you tell “your” story a certain way. My characters can be devious in how they get what they want, but we have an agreement: so long as they keep talking to me, I’ll keep writing their ramblings down. Since they’re selling books, I think it’s a fair trade. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Denise

  23. Victoria Zumbrum says

    I think the characters do talk to the authors in their books. They picture the charcters and hear their voices and their charcters develop with the personality. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Victoria. I hope you find an opportunity to give Legacy a try. As my first full-length novel, I’m very hopeful it finds a reader base who love the characters as much as I do, whether there are 5 of us or 5 million. I hope you enjoy Legacy.

      Good luck in the contest,
      Denise

  24. Jen B. says

    I have read books where the author seems to have the character voice and then there is a *twang* moment where it is clear that something went terribly wrong. I hate that because I know that authors live with their characters and the characters come to life because of the authors hard work. Then I want to “fix” it. I sometimes hear the characters in the book I am reading. I like to fill in gaps with my own ideas. I would probably be really good at fanfiction but none of my ideas are ever fully formed! jepebATverizonDOTnet

    • says

      Hi Jen B.

      I’ve had that disconnect too, when you know something went wrong but you’re not sure what it was. I’ve learned so much as my characters have grown and evolved that I now think that sometimes it’s that the characters take a real left-hand turn the author couldn’t foresee and the author is scrambling to keep up. I know Bahlin throws a REAL monkey wrench into book 2. It was months before I forgave him. :)

      Thanks for your comment.
      Denise

  25. Lexi says

    Wow, to hear a voice like that in my head I might not do what he asks just to make sure he sticks around!
    Just hearing you describe him (and it was a short post) makes me need to know more about him, see what it is about him that made him so hard to write with a love hate relationship. And he wont go away you say….hmmmm =)

    Your book sounds great, great character (strong character).

    • says

      Hi Lexi.

      He’s a very strong character with such a complex motivation that a lot of it didn’t come to full view until book two was well underway. He and I had some serious words — enough so that I rewrote the beginning of the book twice trying to give him an out. He refused and book two changed the entire trajectory of the series.

      But do I love him? Passionately. Do I talk to him? Every day. Every. Day. He is the manifestation of the writer I want to become: diverse, multidimensional, and just a little unpredictable.

      Thank you so much for the compliment on the sound of the book too. I really appreciate it. I hope you get to experience Bahlin on the page.

      All my best,
      Denise

  26. Buttercream says

    Characters are the most important things to me in stories, and I think voices are what lend them this importance. It’s how I connect with them and place myself in their shoes. If a character can evoke strong emotions from both writer and reader, then that’s a great thing because they make us feel.

    Some characters’ voice can have more presence than others I imagine but that could be because they want their story told -and told just right. :)

    • says

      Your post resonated with me, Buttercream. “…because they want their story told–and told just right.” Bahlin laughed in my head, that deep, belly laughter of his that makes me smile. It’s such an unfiltered sound, like joy given breath. Then he whispered, “She gets it.”

      Thank you for that. I hope you’ll find that Bahlin is the hero you can connect with, and that his role throughout the series is beloved, understood and forgiven. He’s got a lot of ground to cover before the series is anywhere near finished. :)

      Best,
      Denise

  27. Karen C says

    I find it intriguing that authors hear voices and can turn those voices into such fantastic stories. I don’t hear voices in my head, but probably wouldn’t put up too much of a fight if I heard a sexy man with an accent talking me…

    Thanks for the chance to win Legacy!

    • says

      Hi Karen!

      Yeah, listening to Bahlin burr at me is SO not a hardship. He’s sort of delish, you know? :)

      The voices are so funny a lot of times. It’s when they’re struggling that it can really get to me. Sometimes the things in the story, the things I know will cause them pain, are so hard to dish out. It’s like in Bruce Almighty when Bruce decides he doesn’t want to be God. I have those moments, but I’m so darn grateful to do what I do that they’re short-lived. I have the best life.

      Thanks for the comment and good luck in the contest!
      Denise

  28. Mary Preston says

    I love that authors hear voices. For the rest of us – well – it’s just such a worry.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • says

      Hi Mary.

      Trust me — I’ve had moments where I knew I was one inappropriate laugh or whispered comment away from having a psychiatric intervention of the unplanned kind. The worst one happened in church when I burst out laughing during a particularly serious sermon. I had to leave the chapel. :) My characters have zero reverence.

      But it’s probably safer for the general population that the overactive voices are limited in the population base.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Denise

  29. says

    When I’m writing it’s often the characters that drive the story, so I’m with you I hear their voices. Often it’s the voice that has me scribbling in the middle of the night.

    LOL! Reasonable insanity.

    • says

      I laughed at that, Rie. “Reasonable insanity.” What a great phrase for writers! I’ve started sleeping with my computer next to the bed and it’s not at all uncommon for me to get up in the middle of the night and go to the spare bedroom to write. There are times my characters are so incredibly inconsiderate of my sleep schedule. (glares at Bahlin)

      Thanks for the comment!
      Denise

  30. says

    I’ve written a few short story eroticas so I know a little bit about character voices but not much. I’ve heard some of my fave authors talk about theirs though and how sometimes hone character is talking louder than the other but they’re writing a scene about a different character at the time and such. Sounds like it could get really confusing at times.
    BTW, this is a great giveaway and I’m thankful for the chance to enter! =)

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    • says

      Hi Valerie.

      I have to tell you that writing with more than one voice yammering in my head can get a little confusing, but overall it’s worked out well. The toughest thing for me to do is to write one book in each series I have at the same time. Right now I am trying to do that and it’s taking a great deal of focus for me to be able to keep everyone in their appropriate spots.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck with the contest!
      Denise

  31. Pat L. says

    You are a new to me author. Best wishes with this release.

    Great contest – thanks for offering it. As for voices, love the southern drawl of a cowboy.

    patoct at yahoo dot com

    • says

      Hi Pat.

      Thanks for the warm wishes for the release of Legacy. It has been a surreal day. :) (And I’m glad to offer the contest.)

      Secret? I married my southern drawling cowboy. First time I saw him with his dark hair and blue eyes looking at me from under his black Stetson…I was lost to him. He proposed 2 weeks later and we’ve been married 15 magnificent years. So yeah, I’ve got a serious thing for that drawl.

      All my best,
      Denise

  32. Debbie S says

    It is always interesting to me how writing works for authors. What makes them tick, or motivates them. Having a sexy scottish brogue would work for me!

    • says

      Hi Debbie!

      That Scottish brogue has talked me into things in stories. It’s shameful to admit it.

      I love listening to him talk, though. It’s really funny to get the brogue right in my head but have to sound it out on paper at times. LOL My husband walked in on my once and he just looked at me, shook his head and left. To this day, he’s never asked what I was doing. :)

      Good luck in the contest,
      Denise

  33. Chelsea B. says

    Big congratulations on your book, Denise!
    Oh, characters talk to me all the time– my own and others :-) I think it’s just the way readers/writers minds work :-)

    • says

      Hi Chelsea.

      I agree. One of my critique partners has a character I think I hear more clearly than she does. It’s quite funny, really. She’ll ask me what he’d say in a certain situation and I can just pop off with a snarky remark and get his personality just right.

      Glad to know my mind is working “normally.” :)

      Thanks for the comment,
      Denise

  34. Julie Witt says

    I talk to myself ALL the time, and I’m not a writer so I don’t have the excuse of it’s my characters talking to me! It’s just the many people who occupy my head with me :) Your book sounds terrific and I would love to win a copy!

    • says

      Hi Julie.

      I talk to my characters and handle it pretty well until multiple voices begin jockeying for position. THAT makes me a little crazy(ier)!

      Thanks for the compliment on Legacy too. It makes me grin like mad to hear you’re excited about it!

      Good luck in the contest,
      Denise

  35. Shari says

    I’m not a writer so I have no excuses for the voices I hear in my mind. Mostly its just my voice doing my to do list…maybe if it was a voice with a good Scottish brogue, I might pay attention to myself more.

    • says

      Hi Shari.

      You’d be amazed…AMAZED…what a good brogue will do for your attention span. :)

      I hope you find the opportunity to enjoy Legacy. Good luck in the contest!

      Denise

  36. JessS says

    Great post. I’ve always thought it’s really interesting how some authors hear their characters as though they’re actual people with distinctive voices, and Bahin sounds AWESOME, especially shirtless, I like pic given to illistrate this.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

    • says

      Hey Jess!

      Yeah, Bahlin’s a hottie. :) He’s also just a tad arrogant with it, but he’s such a charmer it’s easy to forgive.

      The voices are really kind of fun, though I’m almost scared to admit it. LOL If they ever went away, the silence would be deafening.

      Thanks for entering the contest!
      Denise

  37. latisha depoortere says

    I can read a book and sometime hear characters in books! I can get really lost in a book sometimes it feels so real like your their! I love reading and always looking for new books and new Authors! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

    • says

      Hi Latisha.

      You’re so welcome for the giveaway. I hope that, if you win, you’ll use the gift card to discover a couple of great new voices. My critique partners and I share those new finds when we come across them. It’s so much fun to find someone new to enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Denise

  38. Erin says

    As a reader, a strong character voice is the lynchpin of the “show don’t tell” rule. So I guess it’s a good thing that Denise hears them in her head :)

  39. JenM says

    If I did hear voices in my head, I would probably try to write stories also. Instead, I have to rely on authors to put those voices down on paper. It makes me very envious of you. I just don’t seem to have any imagination.

  40. says

    Hi JenM.

    If you can read and get into a story, you’ve got imagination. It’s probably just plugged in differently than mine. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

    Also, realize that I’m as dependent on you reading my books as you are on me writing them. (At least I hope it ends up you love my books.) :) I couldn’t do what I do without you, so I’m grateful you’re a reader.

    Good luck in the contest! I’d love for you to be able to experience Bahlin!

    Denise

  41. melanie Adkins says

    I LOVE that you hear voices! For years I thought I was the only one who heard them. For me though it was while reading and the voices of the characters in the book. I think it’s delightful. How else will their stories get told if they don’t talk to you and become” involved” in the writing? Years ago I dabbled in children’s books and though they weren’t voices, there were stories floating around in my head until I put them on paper. I can’t wait for this book!

    • says

      Thank you for your kindness, Melanie. You can’t imagine what a relief it is to admit that the character’s actually drive the author instead of the other way around!

      I sincerely hope you find the opportunity to pick up a copy of Legacy and, equally sincerely, hope you enjoy it.

      Good luck in the contest!
      Denise

  42. says

    Now you’ve made me curious and I can’t wait to read about Bahlin, such a willful and strong alpha male who orders you about at midnight because he wants his story told :-D lol

    Myself I haven’t heard voices telling me stories, but I hear the characters’ voices when I read a story :-)

    Thank you for the fun and interesting post!

  43. says

    Hi Stella!
    I think (hope) Bahlin comes across quite accurately when I look at him in my mind’s eye and compare him to what happens on the page. He’s very much the Alpha male, but he’s got some issues to work out across the arc of the series. :) Poor guy.

    I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy. I’m editing the sequel now, and it will release April 3, 2012.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Denise