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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2017-03-14 10:49 am

AMA (Ask Me Anything) about the Change series! (Non-spoilery post)

In honor of the upcoming release of Rebel (Book 3).

Ask me anything about the series, the characters, the world, etc. Sherwood will be popping in too!

This post allows spoilers for Stranger but not Hostage. There is a spoilery post which allows spoilers for both books that are out now.

Ask questions here in this post!
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[personal profile] skygiants 2017-03-14 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I am curious what POVs we're going to get in the new book!

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[personal profile] oracne 2017-03-14 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Will there be any new characters?

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[personal profile] sholio 2017-03-14 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
In a shared series like this, I'm curious how you and Sherwood create and develop characters for the series - that is, do you have some characters that are "yours" or "hers", do you show up to a brainstorming session with an idea for a new character and then develop them together, or is it entirely a shared process from the initial concept? Or does it vary?
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[personal profile] laurashapiro 2017-03-15 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
What made you decide to make food so significant to these books, and can we get any Los Anclas recipes?

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[personal profile] nenya_kanadka 2017-03-15 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
I think I remember you saying that Becky Callahan is bi, is that right? And does she get to kiss girls in this one?

I can't wait to get back into this series. I had such a great time with the other two.

Oh! My other question. Is that lady whose face is half weird in this one? I loved her (but can't remember her name right off the top of my head). .....and now I can't remember if that character is a spoiler for Hostage or not! Sorry.
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[personal profile] isabelknight 2017-03-15 11:45 am (UTC)(link)
Did Hostage ever come out in hard copy? Will Rebel be available in print? I received a print copy of Stranger as a gift a few years back, but since I have a thing about keeping series in the same format (paperback, hardcover, nook, kindle, google books, etc), I haven't picked up Hostage, since the first I heard of it, someone told me it was available in ebook format only. I'd rather have the whole series in print than ebook, although I'm willing to re-buy Stranger in e-format if I can't get the others in print.
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[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Right here, or is this happening on Reddit?

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Right here.

[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 05:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay! How (if at all) have your conceptions of the characters and the overarching story changed during the course of writing, and how (if at all) has the story evolved?

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:51 pm (UTC)(link)
It started as a screenplay, so the characters were fairly simple. Or archetypes. But the more we developed the book (as opposed to novelizing the screenplay) the more layered the characters became. For example, Ross and his crystal tree.

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[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, when we were writing Stranger (as a book), we hadn't yet gotten the entire concept for Hostage. So there's that. ;) Sherwood had the idea of "What if Voske has a teenage daughter, and she and Ross end up in hostage trade?"

When we were writing Hostage, the original plan was to have Felicite have a POV. We actually wrote a bunch of her chapters. However, her storyline didn't have much to do with the main story, it ruined the surprise of her nearly foiling the "release Kerry plot," and its actual climax was going to occur in Rebel, not Hostage. So we cut her chapters and put them into Rebel.

Also while writing Hostage, our original plan was to have Yuki not leave and be a POV character in Rebel. But when we got closer to the end, it felt more and more out of character for him to stick around, so we decided to have him leave and be gone for the next book.

Mr. Preston turned into a much more complicated character than we originally intended. He started out as a more straightforward antagonist-who-is-not-evil, and ended up a lot more than that.

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[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, is this the last book, or will there be another?

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
This is 3 of 4. The last book is Traitor.

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[identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Is there a character you'd love to have used but whose arc just didn't fit the scope of the story?

How much of the rest of the world outside of Las Anclas have you talked through with each other? all of California, all of the West, all of North America, all of the world?

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
There are a bunch of characters whose storylines we've pretty much had to choke off. Like most of the adults.

We have indeed talked about the world outside of Las Anclas (and more of it will be seen in REBEL)--we're both world builders. The problem gets to be, keeping the boundaries tight.
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[personal profile] sovay 2017-03-14 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you have characters who surprised you? If so, how?

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, and how. Is this the . . . yes, it's the non-spoiler one. So I'll just say yes. Rachel might be able to better explicate from her perspective.

[identity profile] chilla vark (from livejournal.com) 2017-03-14 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
What is your favorite family relationship you've written in this series so far? And what are your general feelings about Las Anclas life - would you live there? (In, uh, normal, pre-series circumstances!) I go back and forth between 'what a beautiful town, move me in tomorrow', and a more Yuki kind of approach.

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll be interested to see what Rachel said. My favorite family is the Rlley family. But the two I find most compelling to write and think about are the Wolfe-Prestons and the Callahans.

If I had a power, I would totally live there. (I want to be Sheriff Crow.) But I'd also want to travel.

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[identity profile] klwilliams.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
I liked the various versions of existing cities in the first two. Where will our characters go in this new book?

[identity profile] klwilliams.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
And I think it's telling that I think of the characters as belonging to us, the readers. I might be attached.

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[identity profile] pameladean.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
You may have implicitly answered this when you answered Marissa's post above, but I wondered if any major new characters had presented themselves and insisted on being in the final version of the book. I like the existing ones very much and am excited to see more of them, but I can't help being curious.


[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 08:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Um, yes and no? Also, the facts about certain character or characters finally found a way to be naturally revealed?
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[identity profile] egelantier.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
after you're done with the tetralogy, do you think you're going to come back to this verse? with different but existing characters (like Older Yuki's Wilderness Adventures or whatnot), or previous generation, or a completely different corner of the same world, et cetera?

and a trick question - who're your personal character favorites, for both of you? whyyyy? :D

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-14 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
If other stories occur and insist on being written, yup.

Personal faves are the complicated ones, or the ones who make me laugh.

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[identity profile] sunlit-music.livejournal.com 2017-03-21 11:46 am (UTC)(link)
How did you and Sherwood come up with the amazing world building and alternative history (the landscape, the trees, the magical wildlife)?

Oh, and Ross and Jennie are awesome. ^_^ (Okay, that's not a question).

[identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com 2017-03-21 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
As far as I recall, it was Rachel's original image: she saw Ross being saved by a sheriff with half a skull face and amazing powers. The sherif saved him from chasing bad guys AND a vampire tree. That sounded to me like such awesome story potential and it took off from there. I threw in the crystal trees (they were something I invented as a teen for an art project) and after that we pretty much "what if?" back and forth until the images became storylines.