A bit of trivia.

For those of you interested in the writing side of DARK STAR, here’s some trivia about the book!


— Dark Star is the fourth novel I completed, and the first novel I queried with.*
— From original draft to finalized version, I went through four separate drafts of the novel.
— Writing of the original draft took approximately four months.
— The first completed draft was approximately 90k words; final draft is approximately 83k.

*If you’re curious about why I didn’t query with any of the other novels: The first two were written when I was thirteen and fourteen, respectively. The third was the novel I wrote as my thesis in my MFA program, and I didn’t feel it was ready.


— I listened to one song on repeat while writing almost the entire first draft of DS. That song was The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone) by The Decemberists. (This was very random; the song doesn’t fit the book in lyrics or in tone; I just latched onto it and had to have it on in order to write.)
— My music during subsequent drafts was much more varied, but the main song I listened to was Prayer for Beauty by Noe Venable (which is the song I most closely associate with Audrey).

Random Tidbits

— I received my offer of representation from my agent on my father’s birthday.
— DARK STAR sold on my mother’s birthday.
— Though I rarely name characters after people I know, Gideon gets his middle name from my good friend Dave.
— A certain scene in the book came from an idea I had as I was trying to fall asleep. I jumped out of bed and wrote it as quickly as I could. It became one of my favorite scenes—€”and is one of the scenes that had the least amount of revision!

4 Responses to A bit of trivia.

  1. Hilda says:

    Oh, I love the trivia! <3 Especially the random tidbits part. It's wonderful that your parents birthday has something to do with the birth of Dark Star, Bethany! :) I just finished Dark Star and I 'm really curious which scene that made you jump from your bed to write it ASAP! Care to share to us someday? ;)

    • Hi Hilda,

      Thank you for reading! My mother was definitely thrilled to have my book sold on her birthday — she said it was the best present ever. The scene I jumped out of bed to write was Mickey’s first scene in the book (when Audrey does her reading for him). I had a very clear sense of their dialogue and how I wanted them to interact, and I didn’t want to risk losing that while I slept, so to the computer I went!

  2. Olivia says:

    You are such a amazing writer. I love the Dark Star trilogy. I am going to order Burn Bright soon and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. You are tired with my favorite author Marissa Meyer author of The Lunar Chronicles. Also cannot wait for Fire Fall to hit selves. Love your work. Bye!

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