Guest Blog: A.M. Hudson
Good morning to all you great readers out there. I’m so excited to be here to tell you about Tears of the Broken. Those who’ve read it will know that it’s not just your average vampire tale, and after book 2 comes out in April, the series will barely be able to class itself as YA. Because I have a ‘fangtastic’ following of fans who love the Dark Secrets series, I decided to dedicate this post to them, and asked them, in a recent Facebook poll, what they would like to know about the series. Here’s a few of the questions…
“What makes a story line work?”
Well, I once read that if you flip through any book and can find conflict on every page, you have a working story line. I love conflict. Quite frankly, I feel it drives a story–keeps you reading. But, in order to have conflict, you have to have likeable characters that people care about. Why would anyone turn the page to find out if Ara and David break up, if they don’t love Ara or David. They need to be likeable, believable, and interesting so when the writer ruins their lives right in front of your eyes, you won’t be able to put the book down until everything is okay again. That’s what makes a good story line.
“Did your family and friends give constructive feedback upon your first book that made you make some major changes?”
Yes. My sister and my husband were the very first readers, and they offered a few suggestions, particularly in book 2 and 3, that made me go back and change a few of the more shocking events. Let’s just say that I find it a little too easy to write horror and tragedy.
Did you achieve it all on your own or did you attend a writing group every now and then?”
Nope. I did it all on my own. I researched on the internet, spent a lot of time over at Grammar Girl, and wrote every day, whether it was bad or good.
“Was there any writing formulation or process that you followed that was borrowed from a course, another author, a tutor or a programme?”
Not really. I just followed my heart. I let the characters drive the plot with their emotions, and that’s why the story has been so successful. It’s just like life. Almost everything we do is motivated or destroyed by what we feel. But, aside from an emotion-driven plot, I also thought about the stories I loved–what made me keep turning pages–and incorporated those elements into the series as well.
Anyway, a short post is a good post, so I’ll leave it there. If you would like to know more, you can ask me anything on Facebook or Twitter. I love to hear from fans, and even love all the suggestions I get in my inbox.
Thanks again for hosting this stop here today, and I hope you all enjoy reading Tears of the Broken. And remember to keep your eye out for book 2 in April.
Tears of the Broken
Book 1 in the Dark Secrets Series
by A.M. Hudson
Lies are the shadows of betrayal…the vampire will be the light.
When you love someone, there’s nothing you wouldn’t forgive. But what about murder?
Ara-Rose will learn that life is fashioned from one tragedy after the next, and that sometimes, the truth people hide from you is nothing you could have imagined.
But Ara has secrets of her own, and she’s willing to take them to her grave–a place David Knight will fight to keep her from.
A.M. Hudson started writing full-time after her third child. She lives a more than ordinary life in Australia with her husband and children. When she’s not writing, she sings in a duo or can be found under a pile of books.