WIPJoy Summary


So what is WIPJoy?

You’ve may have seen it around online. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, I know you have. WIPJoy is an author promotion hashtag created by the amazing Bethany Jennings to help folks like me spread the word about the novel they’re currently writing. Bethany puts together a list of questions, and you answer one every day, using the hashtag WIPJoy so that everyone can find it. (WIP is short for Work in Progress, a novel you’re currently writing.)

It’s so much fun, and it’s a great opportunity to share about your work and get to know other writers. I’m already looking forward to the next one! Check out Bethany’s page for more information on WIPJoy, and maybe you can participate next time. But for now, I thought it would be fun to post all my entries in one place!


January 1

Barb Taylor & The Mountain of Fire. YA Epic Urban Fantasy. Barb and Jenny Mitchell must escape from a Centaur prison.


January 2

I love Barb because she’s smart, sassy, stubborn, and protective. She’s the kind of person I want to be.


January 3

I get to know my characters by putting them in scenarios to see what they do and say. We also have conversations.


January 4

My premise: A big sister protects her friend’s little sister from Centaurs and an evil samurai in an alien volcano.


January 5

Good writing is never easy. But I’ve known these characters for 20+ years, and I’ve already drafted this story once


January 6

Jenny Mitchell is the hardest character to write in this book. She’s extroverted and very different from me.


January 7

I write YA as Kimberly McNeil. Started this series when I was 11, and #book1 is available!


January 8

Barb’s best friend is her little brother Jim. A child genius, he’s a major nerd, but he’s got a big heart. She’s always saving him.


January 9

How they met: Barb helped rescue Jenny in Lightkeepers Book 1 after she and her brother were kidnapped.


January 10

Lightkeepers Book 2 has no romance in it, so no broken hearts in sight. (Unless you count Jim’s crush on Meg.)


January 11

“I hate fighting.” Jenny kicked a rock off the path. “But I don’t want [Meg] to fight alone. Not ever.”


January 12

Tiron, the head Centaur, was cast out of his homeland for staging a coup. His honor stripped, his name destroyed.

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January 13

Maybe the difference had been Tolan. That meant any compassion Meg might have found at home died with him.


January 14

Meg and Tzaitel, her adoptive sister, have the worst relationship in the book. Tzaitel blames Meg for her father’s death.


January 15

I’ve been told my dialogue is snappy, sharp, clever, and engaging.


January 16

I love describing Prism Castle because it’s such a mystery yet provides such a safe home for my peeps.


January 17

I love describing my characters because it helps people see them the way I can, and because most free photographs don’t do them justice.


January 18

Jenny Mitchell wasn’t much like her big sister. Even now, the youngest Mitchell wore an ankle-length patchwork skirt of cheerful floral fabric and a lace-up blouse in pink and green pastels. She looked like the tissue paper you buy for baby showers.


January 19

I love my world because it’s a natural, peaceful place with lots of history, talking fox people, and lots of adventure.


January 20

In this book, the relationship I’m rooting for is Meg and Velanna, because every girl needs her mom.


January 21

I can’t wait to hear how my readers respond to my big bad samurai super villain, Jinsoku.


January 22

Barb in 5 words: Smart. Snarky. Bossy. Redhead. Sister.


January 23

If Barb could change her past, she would refuse to work with her first partner, Lance Crawford.


January 24

Barb’s favorite way to relax is a good book, her sweats, a hot cup of tea, and a scented candle.


January 25

“Wouldn’t it have been easier to wait for my report like you’re supposed to instead of threatening someone I care about?”


January 26

In Barb’s words: “I live in the family home with my brother in San Francisco.”


January 27

In Barb’s words: “I don’t relate to Tiron. I don’t like bullies. I don’t care how rough he had it.”

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January 28

In Barb’s words: “Sometimes I wish I could make a real home for my brother and not just order takeout.”


January 29

I’m planning to finish draft 1 this month, draft 2 by spring. Hoping for book release in November.


January 30

I want to teach people to never give up, because our stories aren’t over yet.


January 31

Barb Taylor & The Mountain of Fire. YA Epic Urban Fantasy. Barb and Jenny Mitchell must escape from a Centaur prison.


So that was WIPJoy for January 2017! I can’t wait for the next one. Keep a lookout on my social media accounts, and keep your eyes peeled too for announcements about Barb Taylor & The Mountain of Fire!

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