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).
— 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!