GUEST POST – What Inspired you to Write THE BEAST WITHIN
It was actually a nightmare. A lot of my book ideas come from dreams, but this one was a re-occurring nightmare. I had it probably 5 or 6 times in the course of a five-month period. At first, I fought it. I didn’t want to tell Austin’s story. It was darker than I am used to writing and I knew it wouldn’t be in the YA/NA genre that I usually write in. The idea of writing an adult focused novel was a little intimidating at first. I wasn’t sure how my readers would respond.
It wasn’t until I gave the first several chapters to a trusted friend to read that I realized I needed to finish it. She was drawn into his world right away and continued to ask me about him on a regular basis. I was also pulled in, the more I wrote the more I wanted to know what would happen next.
I hadn’t plotted this one out, not at first. I let the characters tell me where the story was going and what they planned to do next. Once the first draft was completed, I decided to create an outline and start re-writes. The re-writes led to whole new storylines coming out. For that very reason, I decided to make THE BEAST WITHIN an interactive novel, allowing the readers to decide what would happen and how the story would go.
Changing THE BEAST WITHIN from a traditional style novel to an interactive urban fantasy novel was not an easy task, but I think it was well worth it. All of Austin’s possible storylines were able to be told and the reader is taken on an adventure like nothing I’ve written before.