Today I have yet another special guest, Sonya Watson. She is the author of The Tide Breaker. Check out her story about how she crafted the novel, and there’s also a short bio. Her social media links are posted at the bottom, in case you’re wondering how to find her and her book. Enjoy!
From concept to novel: I would be reading a book or watching television and an idea would hit me. I would have nothing but the idea. My idea for The Tide Breaker came from an open discussion at a writer’s conference about my second novel Moon Rise. As you can probably guess from the title it was a terrible novel. I was heartbroken but I proposed an idea to my follow writers. The idea I came up with was: monsters who look like humans mate with humans to produce children that were the monsters we remember from fairy tales. I knew I was on to something. I wrote an outline, but I wrote freely most times so that the story could take me where it wanted to go. I was able to flush out a storyline, but a very convoluted one and I released the novel prematurely. Of course I was hammered with criticism but such is life. I am better because of it. It took five more months in addition to the six months I had taken to write the previous version to rewrite and edit the latest. Now that version is available online. How I came up with the title is another story… actually my friend came up with it over a glass of wine.
Bio: I was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica. I moved to Canada eleven years ago. I discovered writing when I was eleven. However, I was unable to pursue it since I resided in a country where writing was impractical. I rediscovered the art my third year at York University. Kinesiology, the program I was enrolled in, was no longer stimulating and I found myself questioning my purpose in life. This led me to poetry and poetry led me to writing novels.
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