Please welcome Laura to the blog…
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
Since you guys enjoy my Author Notes, and following my journey toward my first novel, I thought you might be interested in another author’s perspective. So today, Laura shares with us how her book was born.
Writing Process for The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
If ever there was an unorthodox process for writing a book, I’ve found it. The tale began back in 2009. I’d been writing Fan-fiction for Twilight, and Stephanie Meyer’s words rang in my ears: “Why not use your storytelling talents and create your own characters?” I didn’t take that as putting new names on my characters and publishing my fan fiction. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but my story was in the Twilight world, so it just wouldn’t have worked out very well for me.
Allison O’Malley was loosely based on my best friend growing up. She was pretty, but not the most gorgeous girl in town, yet people seemed to gravitate toward her like moths to a flame. There was just something about her. We all know someone like that, right? I wanted to explore the why behind that, so it eventually grew into a paranormal story about a girl with fairy blood, although she didn’t know it. She wasn’t fond of the attention it brought her, she would much rather be left alone.
I’ve read a lot of stories about fairies, stories I’ve loved. I didn’t want my story to be just another fairy story. During my research into Irish fairies, I ran across the myth of the Tuatha De Danaan. This was the origin of what are known today as fairies. They were a magical race that were said to inhabit Ireland before the Romans brought Christianity to the island. It worked perfectly and the more I learned about the Danaans, the more my back-story molded itself into what it is today in The Forgotten Ones.
As for the actual day-to-do writing — it’s gone through many changes over the years, too. In the time it’s taken me to write the first draft, I’ve gone through a birth, a death, a wedding and many more small-scale life events. Sometimes I’d go months without touching the document. But no matter how long I spent away, the characters were always on my mind. That’s how I knew that I wanted to someday try to have the story published. It had taken root under my skin. I was hoping to publish it last fall. But, my editor didn’t think it was ready for public consumption yet. I’ve now rewritten the entire story, switching it from Third person POV to First person.
I’m a firm believer that good things come to those who wait!
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Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.