Book: Innocent Darkness
Current Home: Los Angeles
Author Icon: Kim Harrison
Number of manuscripts hidden under the bed: Nine. It took me awhile to realize that books needed plots.
What was it like writing Innocent Darkness? What was the easiest part? The most difficult?
I wrote Innocent Darkness in two chunks - the first part was during one of Candace Haven's fast draft classes, the second part during NaNoWriMo of 2009. Writing large amounts of words each day - especially with a job and a family - can be really stressful. I remember having an 8k goal on Thanksgiving, as I desperately tried to finish the book during NaNoWriMo so I could enter it in the Golden Heart awards. Not getting distracted by research was also hard, giving that it's set in a quasi-Victorian alternate version of 1901 Los Angeles and San Francisco and the realm of faerie, I had to do a ton of research as I wrote. The characters were the easy part, Noli, V, and even Kevighn, just sort of leapt onto the page from my imagination.