Katya: What does your writing process look like?
Meredith: I’m a plotter. I work out in detail my characters and plot before I ever start writing. I then put together an outline and try to write a scene every day.
Katya: Do you have any strange writing habits?
Meredith: I tend to pre-write. I start out my writing every day by writing a journal entry detailing what I want the scene to be about, what is going through the point of view character’s mind, how what happens will affect them or someone else. It’s me telling myself the story and the implications of it, but it gets me into character, into the point of view character’s head and usually my writing will slowly shift from telling to showing to actually writing the scene.
Katya: What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?
Meredith: My favorite part is definitely the plotting. Figuring out what my characters want and need and how they’re going to get it, and, of course, what is going to stop them from getting it.
My least favorite part—editing! Ugh! I hate grammar. I hate re-reading and re-reading and fixing. I usually go through a book two or three times before I send it to my editor and then I’ll have to go through it at least two more times after that. I get so tired of it and usually by that point I just want to move on to the next book. 🙂
Katya: Is there a subject you would never write about?
Meredith: I’m not interested in writing about wealthy, famous people who are interested in their money and fame or building money and fame. My stories are usually about misfits. People who just don’t fit in to their world and how they deal with that.
Katya: How important are names in your books? How do you select names?
Meredith: Names are vitally important! In my new book, Bridging the Storm, I changed the name of my heroine three times before I found one that I felt fit her personality. She’s a strong person, so she needed a strong name. And she lived during the Regency, so I needed a common English name as well. I think, finally, the name Kate fit her very well. But the way she came across as a person was very tied to her name. When she had the wrong name, she didn’t come across very well. Once I found the right one, she really became the person I knew she could be.
Meredith: When I was a little girl I identified a lot with Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. She was very curious and always wanted to figure things out. She was initially selfish, but then learned that happiness came through helping others (and making things grow).
Katya: What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
Meredith: I want to see my children happily employed and with partners who fulfill them and make their lives as wonderful as my husband has made mine.
Katya: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t?
Meredith: Australia. I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go—it’s just really far and takes a very long time to get to.
Katya: What books/authors have inspired you?
Meredith: Georgette Heyer is the author who got me started writing Regencies. Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney and Julia Quinn have all been big inspirations to me as well. I love their writing and hope to someday write half as well as they do.
Katya: What are you working on now?
Meredith: Right now I’ve just started editing and rewriting the fourth book in the Merry Men Quartet. I wrote it when my children were babies and I think I didn’t spend as much time working on developing the characters as I should have. It’s going to take a good amount of work to make it as good as I want it to be—I’m tearing the whole book apart, dissecting the characters and the plot and will put it back together again rewritten and probably with a lot of scenes added as well.
Meredith’s new novel releases March 15th, but you can pre-order now for only 99 cents!
Can a twenty year-old woman make life worth living for a man nearly a thousand years old?
Kate Cherington is certainly trying her best. The handsome and amusing Sir Arthur Dagonet does exactly what Kate has always dreamed of doing—travel the world, exploring new lands. He also may be her only path away from an aunt determined to keep Kate from having a life of her own. Kate knows that her only hope for the adventure she craves is to escape with Sir Arthur.
Sir Arthur has already lived through several lifetimes, thanks to the gift of immortality from the great Merlin. After centuries of adventure, he’s eager to rid himself of this gift, and to finally die. But meeting the brave and beautiful Kate brings back happy memories of long ago, he just not sure he’s ready to let go of his dreams.
From the mists of legend to the estates of the Regency, Kate and Sir Arthur tussle with a force unanticipated by either, and stronger than any desire for life or death—love.
About the Author
Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published historical paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s romance novels include her new Medieval Fantasy series, the Children of Avalon, her Regency-set paranormal romances in the Storm series and traditional Regencies (without magic) in The Merry Men Quartet—the last one will be coming out in 2015. Meredith also teaches writing and publishing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.