For the Dracian Legacy blog tour, I sat down with YA author of the series Priya Kanaparti to get a better feel for how she goes about writing her novels.
What got you into writing?
My writing adventures started because of my binge reading habits. The more I read, I was motivated to write a story of my own. At that time, I didn’t know if I’d even publish the book, but I kept at it.
How long have you been writing?
Since February 2012.
What process do you use to write? Do you use an outline, or just sort of wing it?
I mostly wing it. However, I’m getting better at outlining the story at a higher level, so that I follow a map of events to reach the conclusion.
What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?
My favorite part is when I’m imagining the story and things finally start to click, knowing the motives of my characters. :) Least favorite is editing, more specifically the in-line editing. It’s a gruesome process, but much needed.
What is the most difficult thing, (whether conveying a certain emotion, writing love scenes, specific settings, etc.), for you to adequately transfer from your mind to paper?
For me what’s most difficult has been to write a series. If you asked me when I initially started, it’d have been the romance scenes, but now that I’ve had a few drafts under my belt, romance comes much easier. However, I can’t say the same about writing a series!
How does editing generally go for you? In terms of ease, the number of rewrites, beta editors used, etc?
As I’ve mentioned above, editing is my least favorite part of this entire writing process. I usually go through a CP that helps me understand the character and plot holes. Then I take that feedback and fill in the gaps. After that’s completed, I revise the document, before I send it to my next CP. Once those changes are added, I usually start to work with my editor. This is takes 5-6 rounds of edits before it’s completed.
Are there some different genres you see yourself pursuing in the future?
I’m certainly branching out into contemporary romances in the near future, along with sci-fi, and Dystopian.
What genres do you never see yourself writing in?
I’m never writing horror and I’m too cheesy to write satires or comedy.
Interesting insight, don’t you think? Please help me in thanking Priya for her time and answers, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Dracian Legacy today!
Priya lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID as a full-time working mom and part-time YA Novel Author. For the past 7+ years she has worked in multiple Fortune 500 companies and has recently found the passion to read and write. The Dracian Legacy is her first YA paranormal romance series. She strongly believes that true love conquers all and that’s a common theme you’ll find within her novels.
But then, a year after losing her parents, Axel Knight walks through the door and changes everything. Strange creatures start to appear, her best friend suddenly finds her irresistible, and an undeniable, unexplainable bond with Axel threatens to drive her insane. She knows he’s the key. There’s something he’s not sharing, and she’s determined to find out.
Demanding answers, she finally learns the truth: everything she ever believed is an illusion. Caught in a centuries-old blood feud between races she never knew existed, Ren discovers her true destiny. She’s the chosen one, the Echo, preordained to end the bloodshed.
There’s just one catch–in order to save those she loves and a homeland she’s never seen, she’ll have to die.
With the clock running out, she’ll have to navigate a new world of betrayal, lies and deceit. If she can forgive, finding love even in the darkest places, she just might be able to escape the prophecy. But how much is she willing to sacrifice for a cause she didn’t know she was part of? And what will it take for her to be free?