Thanks so much for stopping by Literary Cravings, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your road to publishing?
Thank *you* for having me here–it’s a real pleasure! I’m Ivy, and I write young adult paranormal, which I suppose it pretty obvious at this point, right? 🙂
I started Low Red Moon as a lark, really–I liked the idea behind it, and was lucky enough to have two friends, Diana and Jess, who encouraged me to keep going!–and was very, very fortunate that Bloomsbury saw the manuscript, liked it–and wanted to publish it!
How did you come up with the idea for Low Red Moon and what was your writing process like?
Low Red Moon is a take–my take–on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. I got the idea for Low Red Moon because I was thinking about the fairy tale on day, thought, “What if…?”–and then all of a sudden everything clicked into place for me!
I took a lot of notes on what I thought was going to happen in the story, and then start writing. Of course, what I thought was going to happen didn’t necessarily happen….
Did you do any research for this particular book?
I did a lot of looking until I found the perfect last name for Ben, read up on a few other things, but mostly, I just went off my notes (when they applied) and kept a map of Woodlake that I’d drawn up nearby, so I could always remind myself of where things were (in case my brain got foggy 🙂.
What is your must haves during writing?
Something to write with! I’m not very picky, LOL!
Do you have any niches you do while writing? Like listening to music,est? If so what do you do or listen to?
I did listen to music, at times, while I was writing Low Red Moon, and you can find a partial play list for the book (some of the songs that were on it disappeared!) at my website: http://www.ivydevlin.com
Who was the easiest & hardest character for you to create?
All of them had things that were easy to write about–and all of them had things that were hard to write about!
If you had to pick a favorite mystical creature what would it be?
I loved those huge, walking–and talking–trees from the Lord of the Rings movies. I can’t remember what they were called, but being a forest girl, I have to admit I thought they were very cool!
Since writing Low Red Moon what are you working on next?
I’ve got a few ideas rattling around…