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V. M. Black

V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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Why I spent two years reading books I hate to improve my writing

Filed in Writing Life by on March 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1050
Why I spent two years reading books I hate to improve my writing

When I first got published, there were a number of things I did quite well.  They were the things that I valued most as a reader, of course!  These things carried my work pretty well, I believe.  My debut novel was a national bestseller, and with better support, I could have hit the USA Today […]

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Cora’s Choice #3 – Edited!

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Cora’s Choice #3 – Edited!

Line edits are done for Cora’s Choice #3 (Bad Blood) now.  It’s 32,000 words, or 9,000 more than Life Blood. I’ve got only the last read-through to do on it, which I don’t do until the week before it comes out. Now I’m deep in Cora’s Choice #4.

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Why novellas?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1230
Why novellas?

When you’re trying to strike out on your own and create something for people to look forward to, one of the most crucial elements is frequency of releases.  If I released a really fat book, I could probably do two per year.  Readers would get bored waiting, and they would forget about me in the […]

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Book 3 is Done!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1248
Book 3 is Done!

I just finished the revisions for book 3 today.  It’s going to my editor tomorrow, then final edits.  It will sit on my harddrive until roughly a week before publication date, and then I’ll print it out and read it over closely one last time, making my final tweaks.  The “rest time” is crucial to […]

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Keeping it moving

Filed in Writing Life by on March 16, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1139
Keeping it moving

Lots of books have saggy middles.  When you’re writing, it can be very hard to tell if you have this problem until you take a step back for a while. What I’ve learned to do is…make something bad happen. Yup.  That’s it, really.  Most of a plot consists of bad things happening–challenges mounting up, things […]

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Why New Adult?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 15, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1021
Why New Adult?

I began writing the first Aethereal Bonds book before “new adult” existed as a genre. But for a new genre, the bounds are fairly tightly set already! The books are almost always first person and typically from a female perspective. They concern someone in college or recently graduated. They don’t just have college-aged protagonists–they are […]

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More on Cora’s name

Filed in Writing Life by on March 13, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1695
More on Cora’s name

I wanted Cora’s name to be simple, sweet, and classic without being too frilly. Cora worked–but I first thought of it because of what her role in the story is. Coral was regarded for centuries as being a cure against sickness or poison. People used to make teething toys for babies out of coral because […]

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Why Bridge to Terabithia sucks

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Why Bridge to Terabithia sucks

When I was in school, everyone had to read Bridge to Terabithia.  It was about a girl who shared a vivid dream world with her friend, who soon dies in a freak accident in their favorite place to play.  As a result, the girl learns that dreams are for children, and it’s time to grow […]

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Naming the friends: Lisette and Geoff

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Naming the friends: Lisette and Geoff

Lisette’s name came easily.  I wanted a romantic heroine kind of name for her, lovely and unusual.  Geoff, too, was fairly straightforward.  I needed a golden boy, light to Dorian’s dark, so an upper-crust, clean cut sort of name stood out. Christine and Chelsea, along with Hollee, Sabrina, and the rest, all came spontaneously as […]

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Vampires have cool sunglasses. Of course.

Filed in Writing Life by on March 9, 2014 4 Comments • views: 11422
Vampires have cool sunglasses.  Of course.

Dorian Thorne is, of course, absurdly rich, and has been for centuries, and so he buys designer clothes and decor reflexively.  I had to decide what designers he would be likely to buy.  Hes neither edgy nor fashion-forward–despite the fact that everything in his house is done in exquisitely good taste, it’s mainly because he’s […]

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Confession: I hate naming characters

Filed in Writing Life by on March 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1210
Confession:  I hate naming characters

It’s always incredibly hard for me to name my characters.  I usually have to break in names because nothing seems to fit at first. Cora’s first name was surprisingly easy.  I wanted something short, sweet, feminine but not frilly, and a little old fashioned but not at all snobbish.  It needed to be a down-to-earth […]

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Is Komi a real place?

Filed in Writing Life by on March 7, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1164
Is Komi a real place?

Why, yes, it is.  The restaurant featured in the novel is right here.  It’s as expensive and exclusive as was reported–and, of course, it really is a prix fixe menu, and all the menu items have been served there at one time or another! Have I eaten there?  Um.  No. Do I want to?  It […]

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