A while ago, over on the Story Empire blog, Staci Troilo was host and asked What is the Favorite Book you’ve written and why? I read all five of the writers’ answers who take turns hosting the blog to see which book they chose and why it was their favorite. Their answers were interesting. You can find the link here:
At the end of the blog, Staci opened up the comments section to other authors to share. I tried to think of the favorite novel I wrote, but I couldn’t settle on one. I love every book I write, or else I’d never be able to slog through 60,000-100,000 words to finish them. But then–and every writer will know this feeling–the question just wouldn’t go away. It rattled around in my head and kept nagging me. Until I finally came up with an answer for myself.
If I had to choose, I’d pick FALLEN ANGELS, an urban fantasy I wrote as Judith Post. It was my first true attempt at urban fantasy. Not that I got it right. Every editor who commented on it said that NO humans should play a major part in an urban fantasy. And what did I do? I made Danny, the detective, work with Enoch, the fallen angel, as a partner. I did a few other things wrong as well, but I learned a lot while I muddled through it. And mistakes and all, I was really proud of that book when my agent finally approved it. First, every time I redid a scene, the book got longer. It’s the longest book I’ve ever done. I’d never written a battle scene before, and I had all kinds of them scattered through the story. I had Enoch–the angel who tackled his friend so he couldn’t join Lucifer’s rebellion–watch Caleb get thrown to Earth as punishment anyway. And when Caleb bites humans to drink their blood to sustain his own energy, he infects them with his immortality and creates the first race of vampires. Who don’t behave well, so Enoch’s sent to Earth to clean up after Caleb.
I liked the ideas I played with for this story. And I was happy that I’d created a character–Enoch’s best friend, Caleb–who was so selfish, but charming–that you waffled between hating him and cutting him some slack. I tried, but didn’t completely succeed, to create a romantic interest who was so hurt that she pushed everyone away. That was trickier than I imagined. Some readers felt sorry for her, and others could have done without her:)
I guess the reason I’d choose FALLEN ANGELS as the favorite novel I’ve written is because it challenged me to leave my comfort zone and write things I’d never tried before. Enoch was a protagonist who didn’t want the job he’d been given. He didn’t want to be a hero. All he wanted to do was convince Caleb to go Home with him. But Caleb LIKED the freedom he’d found on Earth. He never wanted to repent and be forgiven. So Enoch was stuck. Probably for a long time–a brooding hero.
What about you? Which book would you choose? And why? (Be careful. If you don’t answer, the question might nag you for a long time).
5 thoughts on “Nag, nag, nag”
First, thanks for the Story Empire shout-out.
Second, favorites are hard. I don’t think any of us really chose our very favorite novel so much as one we wanted to talk about. How can you pick between all your babies, right?
Third, and most importantly, WOW. That story sounds amazing. I didn’t realize you wrote under a different name. And now I’m off to Amazon to check this story out. I have an urban fantasy, too, and really enjoy the genre. Looking forward to reading yours!
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I loved writing urban fantasy. It’s just plain fun, but boy, was it a learning curve for me. Which one of your books is urban fantasy? I’ll look for it.
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Love Set in Stone. It’s a gargoyle, an angel, and a fallen angel. I’ve been working on a new cover. We’ll be releasing it soon (when we do the paperback version). “Soon” being relative, of course.
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I’m glad Staci’s question nagged at you (thanks for the Story Empire shout-out). It is so hard to choose a favorite. I think it’s more of what speaks to you at the time when the question surfaces. Fallen Angels does sound awesome, You must have put a ton of work into that one. And I had no idea that a human shouldn’t factor into an urban fantasy as a main character. I’ve just gotten an education!
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Staci, I just bought it. I have a fondness for gargoyles–wrote a series about a gargoyle and a witch:)
It’s on my TBR list!