Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series, Lone Wolf!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding Lone Wolf) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 28th, and winners will be announced on December 29th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
So How Do We Keep All Our Facts Straight?
Bluewater Bay has a lot of authors on board. A lot. And with every book, we end up with more characters—the main characters, plus secondary characters, plus previous characters who make cameos and various other appearances. You could say the town’s population is growing pretty rapidly.
From the start, we had a “bible”. It was a group document, and was updated with every added character, business, etc. This one was even more comprehensive than the one we had for Tucker Springs because with so many people involved, there was a lot more potential for things to go awry. If four people are working on their books simultaneously, they need to know right away if author #3 decided to burn a building down or if author #2 had a character get abducted by aliens. (Spoiler alert: No one in Bluewater Bay has, at press time, been abducted by aliens.)
Initially, I kept the bible updated, but holy Ned, my life has been chaotic this year. Sarah Frantz stepped in and turned her editorial assistant Chris loose on the bible. Now Chris not only maintains that document, she has a spreadsheet (ooooh, pretty spreadsheeeeeet) that keeps track of literally every mention or appearance of every character in every book. If something doesn’t jive (if I describe someone as being tattooed from there to there and another author describes him as being terrified of tattoo needles), she lets us know, and books are corrected accordingly.
So basically, a very long Google document, a communal spreadsheet (pretttyyyyyy), and a very attentive editorial assistant ensure that Bluewater Bay remains consistent.
Which is good, because can you imagine ten authors trying to keep each others’ facts straight? I mean, most of us forget what we ate for breakfast (besides coffee) while we’re still eating it.
Like right now, I just realized it’s 2:30 in the afternoon, and I didn’t eat breakfast.
See? This is exactly what I’m talking about.
EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.
If he isn’t writing, he studies sports massage, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
- A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).
LONE WOLF Blurb:
Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.
Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.
The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.