November 2016 Newsletter
                                                           

What's New?

Here comes the holiday season, or what I like to call the Month of Crazy.

Summer always seems to evaporate much fast than I would like it to. I am SO not a cold weather person, and when you live in Wisconsin (i.e. the frozen tundra), that's not a good thing. Thankfully, it has been a rather mild fall, so I'm trying to enjoy it as much as possible before that nasty white stuff starts falling (sorry to all those who love it).

This is my busiest time of the year as far as business goes. Starting in October, I see a large spike in jewelry sales for Halloween, and right after that, everyone starts buying stuff for Christmas, so things won't slow down until after the holidays. I also have to prepare for all the holiday sales I'll have starting around Thanksgiving. (There will be a special holiday email headed your way at that time.) While I'm thankful for the business, it all gets a little crazy.

Not only that, but I've decided for the first time to do NaNoWriMo! And I'm doing something completely out of my comfort zone. But I'll have more on that later.

This is also a big time in my adult life. For months, I've been planning to move in with my brother after he finishes remodeling his house. However, all this house stuff got me REALLY wanting my own place. I mean, who doesn't want their own kitchen? And I sure could use an office! So, I started tentatively looking at apartments and houses. A couple of weeks ago, I was house/dog sitting for our neighbor. When I mentioned looking for a place, she offered to let me rent her mom's house, which has been empty for over a year. After a lot of thought, prayer, and going over to see it, I accepted the offer. So, in a few weeks, once everything in the house it packed up, I will be moving into my own place!! And the fantastic thing is, it's only a couple of miles from my parents and my brother and still in the country. Basically, I'll still be in the same neighborhood. I am terrified and excited all at the same time.

So somehow I'll have to juggle NaNoWriMo, editing Exiles, holiday orders, AND packing to move out. Yes, this is definitely the month of crazy, but it's an exciting crazy, and I'm really looking forward to a new chapter of adulthood.

"Don't get it right, just get it written." - James Thurber

Book Updates

As I mentioned, I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. (For anyone not familiar, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write a whole novel--50,000 words--during the month of November.) And I will be working on a new project. It's a contemporary romance. Ha, imagine that. Definitely a change for this die hard fantasy author. But I'm super excited about it. The current working title is No Chance Meeting. I wrote up a blog post all about it, including the temporary cover and brief synopsis. You can check it out here.

But fear not, I will still continue to edit Exiles as much as possible. I still have a ways to go, but I am really getting into it. I have added a meter to my blog to track my progress. When it has filled up, the book will head out to my beta readers. Once that happens, publication is usually just a couple of months away! You can keep track of it here. (Right sidebar, just scroll down a little.)

Exiles Sneak Peek:

“We’re having dinner with the Earl of Danthan and Baron Stant. I don’t want you disappearing tonight.”

The tension rushed back, only tripled. Daniel balled his fists. He turned to his father, who speared him with a warning look.

“I don’t think there’s anything I could add to the evening.”

“You will be there,” his father said evenly.

“Why?”

“Because one day you’ll be emperor, and I want to make sure you’re capable of undertaking the responsibility and handling the sorts of people you will deal with.”

Daniel gritted his teeth. If he were king one day—and it would be king, no more of this ridiculous emperor business—then many things would change, including the sorts of people he had in his advisor circle.

Q&A

Last time, I had Kaden join me for my first newsletter Q&A. While looking through the questions I've collected, I realized that many of them were for me. So, for this newsletter, I will be answering the questions.

First, there is a question from Elise who wants to know if I'm going to make Kaden fall in love. (I can practically sense him rolling his eyes right now.) Well, there are characters I've planned from the beginning to fall in love and then characters who just fall in love without my say so. I never had any romantic plans for Kaden, but that doesn't mean he won't. ;)

Cheyenne wants to know how I came up with all the different races of Ilyon. The very first race I developed were the ryriks since the whole story idea started with Jace. I knew I wanted them to be a very violent and feared race. All the little details gradually grew from there. Talcrins were inspired by Heimdall in the movie Thor. When I decided to add giants to the story, I thought it would be interesting to have them be a very peaceful race who avoided conflict at all cost. I also borrowed inspiration from fantasy dwarves, which is a bit odd considering the size difference. ;) The last race I developed were the cretes. I wanted them to be sort of a mix between elves and Native Americans (I have a thing for Native American culture). I also gave them my love for the concept of tree houses. When I was little, all I wanted was to live in a tree house like on the Swiss Family Robinson movie.

Meggie wants to know if Jaye L. Knight is a pen name or my real name. That answer to that is that it's my pen name. :) My real first name is Molly. My real last name is very German, although according to my research, all of my ancestors on my dad's side of the family immigrated from Bohemia/the Czech Republic. :)

Ysa wants to know how far apart Davira and Daniel are in age and if they had any siblings. They are five years apart. Daniel was 24 in Resistance and Davira was 19. And no, they do not/did not have any other siblings.

Here's another question from Cheyenne: Which members of the Resistance would be good singers or would like to sing? Talas. Yeah, cretes like music. :) He would definitely be the least shy about it. And though they haven't quite been introduced yet, giants also like to sing. I have a specific giant character who sings at one point in the story.

One more question from Marie: Jaye, I was wondering how you came up with the character of Rayad. Is he based on people in your life, or did you just want a mentor figure for Jace?  Well, despite how poorly it did, I've always had a particular love for Jeremy Irons's portrayal of Brom in the Eragon movie. He was my base for creating Rayad's character, though as soon as you begin writing, characters will take on lives of their own.

Thank you for the questions!

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If anyone has any questions for me or one of my characters, feel free to email them to me and they might be featured in a future issue of Reality Side of the Pen!

Writer's Corner

NaNoWriMo Edition

Since this is my first time, any tips, tricks, or just well, anything, to get those 50K words accomplished is welcome. Therefore, here are some fun and helpful resources just for NaNo!

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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

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