When I started writing I followed what most authors did, I tried to plot. Notice the word plot is emphasized because as hard as I might have tried it did not work out the way it was supposed to. I tried following the guidelines and I felt constrained by the process. I went completely left when according to my outline I should have gone right. I commend authors who are able to plot out each aspect of their work in progress or upcoming novels. They are able to stay focused on what they want their plot to be and how their books will eventually turn out.
Some might refer to authors like myself as rule breakers because we like flying by the seat of our pants, rather than following a set format. We allow our characters to take charge and guide us. I can already hear the question.
Q: Gia are you saying writers who follow a plotline do not let their characters run free?
A: Hell, no. What I’m saying is that those authors are a bit more structured and so are their characters.
I’m sure that even authors who plot out their work break from the norm every now and then and simply let things happen the way they are supposed. No matter how hard we might try to reign in our characters, they seem to take on a life of their own. Case in point, with my new release Ryland’s Inferno, I tried once again to plot out this book because I wanted the second book to be just as good or better than the first. I had notes upon notes for the plot and what was going to take place. I imagined the story in a completely different way than how it turned out in the end. After fighting with my characters for months I gave up and let them guide me.
So, far Blayze was the hardest character to write because there were so many elements to him. His constant refusal to see Ryland as his mate was a bone of contention for me. And as much as I wanted him to admit what was happening between him and Ryland, he refused to allow me the freedom to do so. Also, Blayze’s pregnancy was supposed to happen a lot sooner because it was what I wanted and not what my character wanted. In the end, I am very proud and happy with how Ryland’s Inferno turned out. I fell in love with both characters just as much as I did with Duncan and Jordan.
Giovanna (Gia) Reaves is my alter ego, who is a dreamer. I spend my days and nights dreaming and thinking of the worlds I want to create with words. I started writing about three years ago, when I was introduced to the world of fan fiction. I loved the idea of creating a new world around characters that people already knew about. And ones that are original of my own making. I have written two novels and a few free stories.
I am a mother, wife, and a military veteran. I enjoy trying new things such as traveling, cooking, and reading. I try to incorporate some of the things I have experienced into my books.
Currently living in Newport, RI with my two favorite men. If I am not hidden in my cave writing, I love to read and spend time with my hubby and son. I love listening to R and B along with neo soul when I am writing. When I'm not writing, I am trying to perfect my baking and decorating skills or try to pick up something new. I love spending time with my husband and son playing video games and traveling.
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He ran because of fear, but was found because of love . . .
The moment Blayze McKnight joins the Pryde pack he knows it is only a matter of time before everyone finds out that he is not what he claims to be. Being the last of his kind, Blayze was never taught the way of the dragon. Because the man he wants he can never claim as his. After shifting into his true form to save the man he deeply cares for, he runs. Fear of being rejected, Blayze turns his back on the friends and the pack he once called home. And giving up on ever finding his draco corde. His dragon heart.
Ryland Burnett has never been wrong before, especially when he follows his gut. The day he met Blayze McKnight he knew the man belonged completely to him. And they are mates for life. After being injured in a fight, he wakes up in the hospital expecting to see his mate by his side, only to hear the man is gone. Ryland wastes no time and goes in search of his soul mate.
Finding Blayze is the easy part, but what happens next neither expected. Will Ryland and Blayze's love be strong enough for what they face next?