Welcome to the blog, Violet! Could you tell us a little bit about Leaves of the Fall?
Rose Dunn, a 26 year old copywriter from Hudson, New York, suspects her husband Trevor is being unfaithful again. Her dear friend, Ethan, nearly dies in a terrible accident, causing Rose to realize she has deep feelings for him. She glimpses him one fateful day, so she leaves her husband and becomes determined to find Ethan. What she goes through is a personal journey of self-discovery, and the end result is not predictable.
What led you to write this novel?
I was going through a rough time with my ex-husband at the time. I was also in college taking a creative writing course, so I decided to flush out my own feelings regarding my marriage and relationship by writing this novella. It started out as a short story, but I am notoriously long-winded.
How did you create characters readers will identify with?
I started out by using character profiles to learn more about my characters. I modeled a few of my characters after people I know. Later, I refined them once I knew more of where I was going with the story.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing Leaves of the Fall, and how did you overcome it?
The hardest thing about writing Leaves of the Fall was editing it. I had written it nine years ago, when my short-term memory was stronger, so I had a hard time remembering particular character traits such as eye and hair color. A friend of mine, Stella Deleuze, read the novel and pointed the typos and omissions out, so I was able to fix them. Sometimes a second set of eyes is a Godsend. J I also had a difficult time going through the novel because it was based on my marriage and what I went through with regards to my ex-husband being unfaithful. It brought back a lot of memories, ones that weren’t pleasant to say the least. But I knew that they would be fleeting so long as I kept working and finished editing.
What is your best advice on writing?
My advice is to never stop writing, no matter what that internal editor says. If in doubt, take a class, get a second opinion, read books on writing, but don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed, which is easy to do with all the resources available to writers these days. When I wrote my first novel, I thought it was great, and parts of it were, but it was rejected over and over by agents and publishers. So I went back to college and earned my English degree. This option isn’t available to everyone, but there are other ways. I also took some classes on Writer’s Village (http://www.writersvillage.com/wvu2/), which helped me a great deal.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Violet!
Violet Yates, 39, lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in a condo on the beach. She loves to read, write, go to church, NA and AA meetings, and spends time with her family. Her children are her life and Jesus is everything to her. She is currently working on a short story collection, A Violet Fancy, as well as a paranormal mystery entitled Tears of Heaven, due out this fall.
Violet Yates can be found blogging here: www.hawaiianviolet.wordpress.com. She is also on Facebook and Twitter!
Leaves of the Fall is available at Amazon.