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Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Arianna Skye

How Arianna Got Her Voice Back…

It’s no secret that I am a lover of technology—A geek if you will. Way back in the day, I used to spend A LOT of time in chat rooms. One night, about ten years ago, I was on the computer during a thunderstorm. I live dangerously, huh? I noticed that most the people in the room had the name of mythological beasts or deities—including me. I chose the Greek goddess of harvest, Demeter. The overly creative brain of me started firing off “what if” questions. What if the woman was on her computer chatting during an electrical storm. What if she was accidentally sucked into her computer and sent to ancient Greece. What if she was supposed to stop an evil god from destroying the harvests? I laughed that idea off and returned to my nightly chatter.

Back in 2006, I re-discovered my love for writing via Fanlit, a contest sponsored by Avon. Because of the Avon Fanlit competition, I learned tons of things I never knew about writing—

POV, head-hopping, and passive voice to name a few. During this competition, I also discovered something about myself. I was pretty darn funny. And not only did I think I was funny, other people thought I was funny too. But what good was being funny when the book I was trying to write was a very serious historical regency romance? I’m not saying a historical romance can’t be humorous, but the type of snarky humor I have an affinity for doesn’t translate well in the regency time. Regardless, I continued to plug away at my historical. I got about halfway into it before my brain started to yawn. Mr. Muse, the lovely guy that he is (when he’s doing his job), gave me a firm kick in the butt. He kindly reminded me of my days as Demeter. After further brainstorming, it hit me. My heroine wasn’t a Greek goddess. She was Celtic. Heck, she wasn’t even a goddess. She was a—BINGO—an earthbound faerie princess. And that’s how Rhiannon was born. And, much to my delight, she was a sarcastic, witty woman who made me laugh. What a relief! I’d finally found my voice. Thank the gods!


robynl said...

welcome Arianna(love that name); very interesting about your muse and your sense of humor. Humor is good almost all the time, isn't it, as long as it is the right kind for the situation.

Margaret West said...

From a goddess to a fairy, huh! Now thats a giant leap for mankind lol I love books with humour. The world is sad enough, without reading about it to. This might just go to the top of my reading list.

sterlingwriter said...

And we are all so glad you have your voice and are finding success!

Laurie said...

I love the premise of this book - I mean what if you could be sucked into the computer and taken to another world? It's way cool, and WINGS OF DESIRE lives up to that premise!

It's wonderful that fanlit gave so many writers their start!

Author Mary C said...

I've loved the excerpts from WINGS OF DESIRE. You have a real skill for great humor. Thank goodness for your voice!

Cate Masters said...

Great post, Arianna. I agree, writing's a journey, one that leads to ever-higher levels. Congrats on your release!

Arianna Skye said...

Robyn, thanks! I agree. Humor is awesome when used appropriately. I used to love watching those crazy parody movies, like Naked Gun and Mel Brooks. However today's parodies are well... wildly inappropriate!

Glad you like my name. I'm quite partial to it too :-)

Margaret, I know! And it went from a Grecian theme to Celtic as well. Way to throw a curve ball, Mr. Muse!

Cheryl! I'm glad too. I knew something was up when right in the middle of the opening scene of a very serious erotic regency, the heroine's fan went flying and hit a Duchess in the head. Ooops.

Laurie, you are so sweet. Yes, I wonder if Avon knew what sort of monster they were unleashing when they thought up the Fanlit contest. LOL

Mary! Thank goodness indeed, and thank goodness I discovered where I could appropriately apply that voice :-)

Cate, thanks so much. I'm stoked to finally see it it in print :)

Renee said...

Arianna, you have done a wonderful job at achieving your goals. Your snark has made you quite unique.

And I love the premise and the story.

Julie Robinson said...

I've always love the name Rhiannon. But then I love Stevie Nicks too! Seeing how you've pursued your dream gives me hope.