1. Why did you choose this setting?
There are a variety of settings and time periods in the book.
2. How is it a fundamental part of your overall theme?
I wanted to document the journey of a muse through the ages and explore how they might feel about some of the things humanity has done creatively over the years.
3. How challenging was it to write about?
It wasn’t too difficult to get into the different time periods. I drew upon the books and movies I’d enjoyed over the years along with things I remember from history classes and my family’s stories. I did have to do a bit of research to get some slang for a couple of parts.
4. How did you develop your setting as you wrote your book?
I took a very spontaneous approach to the story and just let it unfold while adding a few details into the editing process.
5. How do you transport them there through your writing?
There wasn’t a conscious effort while writing to do so- I think the muse took over and helped do that through the tone of the story.
6. How do you introduce them to an area they may not be familiar with?
Again, I feel like there was a very unconscious, spontaneous energy to this story and a lot of it just inserted itself into the text. It was a really fun an exciting experience.
7. How do you go about making the setting come alive for the reader?
I tried during editing to add in a few little details here and there (slang terms, images like the soldier coming home) that could take someone back to a certain time or place in their own lives.
About the Book
Beware the muse with a chip on her shoulder.
Muses are often called uncooperative, grumpy, lazy beings who abandon a writer when they're needed most. Now, one of them has decided to tell their side of the story. Meet Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who sometimes are too stubborn to listen to her.
What is your muse trying to say to you? Clarissa might just be able to answer that...
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Paranormal Fiction/Satire/YA
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle
About the Author
Jamie B. Musings (Jamie White) is a music addict, book lover, pet servant and NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she's taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released this month.
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