I binged on books on writing this summer. I devoured Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and Diana Gabaldon’s new “I Give You My Body…”: How I Write Sex Scenes (five stars; was both steamy AND educational!); without Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat I couldn’t have outlined and written Fang‘s companion novel Iron Queen so quickly and efficiently.
I also read Stephen King’s must-read memoir/writing bible On Writing, and came across the following quote:
I couldn’t agree more, which brings us to today’s topic: fanart.
I am blessed with a troop of first readers I call my Three Musketeers: my sisters Chicken and Alpha Pup, and my partner/self-declared “project manager” and Deadline-Haranguer-in-Chief, Scruffy.
The Three Musketeers are my #1 die-hard fans and first critics. I trust them as readers, I love them as people, and most importantly, I can’t make my fingers fly fast enough across the keyboard when they’re waiting for the next chapter of my works-in-progress.
When one of them says “that’s exactly how I pictured Dervish!” or “I love how each of the houses has a distinct character/feel!”, or “I love spending time in this world,” I know that what Stephen King calls telepathy has been achieved. And I couldn’t be happier.
On the tough days, they are the reason I write. (And edit.)
So imagine my joy when Chicken, an artist and a master in her own right of her own version of telepathy, decided to draw one of the two main characters from my novel Fang.
(Spoiler alert: I squealed so loud. BECAUSE HOW PRETTY ARE THESE?)
As a writer/telepath, I hope this is the first of many fanart posts!