What is your name?
Jaime Allison Morrow
What do you write?
I write all kinds of stuff, but the common thread in everything that I write is that it's YA fiction and there is always romance woven into it. (Read: kissing and lots of it.) The story that I'm currently querying is a YA light sci-fi. The story that I'm actually writing right now is a YA contemporary retelling. And then there are the ones in various stages of planning: YA Historical/Time Travel, a Steampunk idea that I'm still a bit chicken to write, among others. I'm in love with the planning.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing my whole life, but never really for fun. I could write a pretty mean essay and cover letter, but never got around to writing something that I wanted to write or read. Then, almost two years ago, I felt inspired after reading a string of awesome dystopian to sit down and give writing fiction a go. Of course, there was also a story idea that came to me via a newspaper headline that just begged to be turned into a story. Because I read all kinds of YA, I kind of want to try writing different types of stories. Who knows? Maybe I'll love one particular genre and stick with it. Only time will tell.
What (virtual) location have you chosen for your retreat?
For me, I think that writing somewhere that my story is set would be the most inspirational and productive. My current WIP is set primarily in the Hamptons, so I wouldn't cry too hard if I was able to hole up in some seaside cottage with a great view. Another WIP (still mostly in the planning stages) is set in Scotland up around Inverness and the Isle of Skye. I would love to find a place there to sit and write and soak up the culture and history. Talk about inspiration!
How did you come up with the idea or find inspiration for your current WIP?
Like I mentioned, my current WIP is a YA contemporary retelling of a classic novel. The original is such a great story and translates really well to a modern setting, in my opinion. The challenge with any retelling is to strike the perfect balance between doing justice to the original and finding new creative twists that make it worth the reader's time. (Otherwise, why wouldn't you just stick with the original, right?) This is definitely challenging but so much fun too!
Writing Exercise #3:
Open a random book to a random page. What are the first words that jump out at you? Write a scene using some or all of the words.
Okay, I picked a (not so) random book and a (not so) random page:
"She meant to avoid any such alteration of manners as might provoke a remonstrance on his side. It was a great object to her to escape all enquiry or éclat; but it was her intention to be as decidedly cool to him as might be compatible with their relationship; and to retrace, as quietly as she could, the few steps of unnecessary intimacy she had been gradually led along."
(from Jane Austen's Persuasion)
So now I'm going to take this inspiration and run and write a scene inspired by this particular snippet. Can't wait! To take part in Sara Biren's Recharge Winter Writing Retreat, you can find the details here and here. (← the second link is to today's prompts and exercises)