Monday, March 06, 2006

J.R. Ward's Guestblog: Road to Rhage


"Lover Eternal" is out today, and J.R. Ward's been kind enough to celebrate the day with us by guest-blogging.

Read the review at Romance: B(u)y the Book

J.R. Ward is here for a LIVE blogchat at
4.00 pm EST TODAY!!!


So I tried to think what I could blog about that was fresh and hopefully interesting. After going around in circles for a while, I decided it would be cool to give a bird’s eye view into what writing LOVER ETERNAL was like for me.

I always knew Rhage was going to be after Wrath... Wait. Maybe I should explain something first. The Brotherhood books are not stories that I feel like I think up. It’s more like they’re downloaded into my brain in a series of pictures. I see the scenes, hear the voices and write what I see. (If I’m not faithful to what I’m shown, the Brothers clam up. Just refuse to talk to me until I come to my senses and do what they say.) Anyway, while I was writing Wrath, Rhage came and set himself up as the next in line.

I was bummed.

Rhage was not my favorite Brother by a long shot. He’s just too beautiful and sexy and all that. I mean, how accessible is perfection? And perfection is boring really: not much there but eye candy and good times, you know? But hey, I don’t argue with the Brothers so I went with it. I wrote Rhage’s outline (which was about fifty pages long) and what excited me about it was the parts that involved Butch and Marissa. See... originally, I thought I could do Rhage and Butch together. NOT. I got 200 pages into the book and realized that Butch’s story was so compelling that it was overshadowing Rhage and Mary.

So I cut Butch out.

It was horrible! I was fascinated by him and Marissa! But... lo and behold, with them gone, Mary and Rhage started to really sing. And I began to see the other sides to Rhage. By the end of the first draft, I thought... man, there’s a lot more to him than those looks. And Mary, Mary had my heart from the beginning. *sigh*

I put the two of them in a drawer for two weeks.

Then I was on to revisions. The way I work is I lay out the first draft, take a break and then revise, revise, revise, smoothing out the scenes and the images and the words until nothing annoys me or feels like it doesn’t go far enough. By the time one of the Brotherhood books heads into production, I’ll have gone through the manuscript fifteen or sixteen times.

It was during the revision process that I fell in love with Rhage. I saw his sacrifices for Mary and his Brothers and how much he cared and the emotionalism and I just... yeah, I fell hard. So by the time I was ready to send him off to my editor, I was just amazed by him. And embarrassed that I didn’t sense his depths in the beginning. I was also on pins and needles. LOVER ETERNAL pushes the envelope in some places and I was worried I’d have to pull back. Or, OMG, what if my editor didn’t like him?

She LOVED him. Said his was a powerful and erotic love story. And what did I do when I heard that? Had a migraine from relief.

Then I started to trim. These Brotherhood books are big. Rhage is about 130,000 words or 510 pages double spaced in Times New Roman 12 font. And this was after I cut about sixty pages from him! I will say that most of these deleted scenes, though, went into Z’s book (and bear in mind, this sixty page hair cut was after I’d taken out Butch’s parts.) One of the things I like about the Brotherhood stories is I get to have so many points of view. I think that gives depth to the story and the folks in it. The key is balancing the various arcs so that the reader isn’t scrambled.

Rhage's final product is something I am very proud of. He took about nine months to write from start to finish. If I counted the hours in a lawyerly fashion, I’d say maybe 1,000 went into him. And when I got his cover for the first time I was thrilled! I think the art department at Signet/NAL is fabulous and really did him justice.

So that’s the road to Rhage! I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about him and Mary or the Brotherhood or writing in general. And I’d like to thank Michelle for inviting me to come on to blog!


Encore! So I'm wondering, J.R. ... with a wicked skull trim and a marvelously hideous scar, could our boy Nathan ever be the Z of your dreams?

142 comments:

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Good Morning, Bellas!

I can't believe today's finally here! It's so cool to hear from J.R. Ward. It's like a fan's, and a writer's, dream come true to know what a writer was thinking when whe wrote a book.

God, I hope she spills a little about Z. I'm only slightly less obsessed with him than our boy Nathan Kamp from the last few days' posts.

Am I being a total FanGrl about this or what?

I'll be back soon, even though I really should be working on my column...

MissGrace18 said...

Rhage is awesome and I am waiting for my copy to arrive, but honestly, the book I am waiting for is Zsadist's book. I have devoured everything on her site about him and he is the Brother who fascinates me the most, by far.

J.R., I'm so sorry you had to drop Butch and Marissa for the moment, but I know that as soon as you are able to put your full attention on them, their story will shine!

I have said it to you many times and will repeat it at least one more, lol,
Thank you for a world that is at times, a little scary, but by far, one of the most engrossing I have EVER read and never wanted to leave!

Lili

MM&MQ said...

Morning JR!!!!!!!!!! Yeah I'm like a nightmare.......:)

I can't wait to get my hands on this book today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Loving me some Rhage already.....I'm am soooooo addicted to the Brothers!

MM&MQ

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hiya, Lilli and MM&MQ!

Lilli, I am so with you on Z. He's pullin at me and I can't wait for his book either. He's gotta be the most damaged hero I've ever read and I'm dying to know how J.R. works him over.

I'm with you,MsQ: the Brothers are a really compelling and addicting. Rhage? He's got it all and it's definitely goin on.

CindyS said...

Just wanted to zap in and say that I have finally started Lover Eternal and I am madly in love with Rhage so it is funny to see how you weren't thrilled by him at first. I'm not too far into the book but just wanted to stop by and see what was going on.

As for Butch - I still love him!!

I think readers are going to be surprised that even though there is so much interest in Z, you can't help but be captured by Rhage.

Okay, back to the book.

Oh, some writing questions. Do the guys ever give you different versions of the story? You have said they have come to you all there. Do they get restless, do they sometimes mess with you? I would think, with the time you spend on their stories that there must be times when you just want to yell, enough!

Since the writing process is slower than what our brain can produce are there scenes that you have lost because they are going to fast and you're nowhere near there yet?

Okay, I'm done.

CindyS

MM&MQ said...

I can see the Brothers correcting each other.......Poor Challa....:)

MM&MQ

No it went this way.......true?

Tina said...

Mine is similar, I was just wondering if they all gang up on you at times and want their story to come out or try and contradict the other. Just like when Rhage and V fight over the computer. hehe :)

And how are the brothers handling their newfound notoriety? I mean I know they wanted their stories to come out and I know Wrath said they were safe because the stories are marketed as fiction, but did they expect the type of notoriety they are getting?

Tina

amy*skf said...

Michelle, I'm there with you on the damaged hero--love. them.
Do not hate me, I just got the first book, I started it and then had to put it down for awhile, only because I realized I couldn't just tear through it--oh no, I had to think. And get into a different mind-set. I'll be back for the chat--can't wait to ask you about the brothers in your head.

Devon said...

Hi, I'm just following J.R. around waiting to find all kinds of interesting tidbits. It was really interesting to read about your writing process, and also how you came to love Rhage. When I first read DL I was really compelled to read more about Z, and I still really am, but as time has passed (and several re-reads), I'm really interested to read all the stories. You gave us enough information to give really distinct impressions and make the reader intrigued to learn more about their backstories. And I like that we get to know them over time, b/c when their stories finally come around, you're already invested in the character. I'm such a fangirl. Just a few hours to go until I can get LE! First I must attempt to bake edible cupcakes for my son's Mommy & Me birthday party. And go to Mommy and me. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't poison any three year olds.

Hi Michelle! I like your blog. Never been here before.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Devon: welcome to FanGrl central! I hope you keep coming back here and to RBtheBook.

So. OK. I can't believe so many other women love Z the way I do. Is it just because we're married with children and the idea of saving this rough, sexy, tortured malcontent is appealing? Then, there's alway the possiblity of the against-the-wall sex. Ooops. TMI? Maybe that's just in my Z fantasies...

I love how you all are into how the brothers think. Like, Tina, you seem to get into it just like J.R. said in a recent interview. The brothers tell her how and when and where and why, and she's sort of a conduit.

MM&MQ said...

Gotta love ZZZZZZZZZZZZ *big Sigh*
For me I really feel these males (to use the proper terminology):)
The anticipation build-ups....the shifting in your seat as your reading.....overwhelming emotions....and definitely trying to get into their heads!!!!! I can't describe the way this world has crawled under my skin!!!!! I can't let go and I can't go back.....and I don't want to!!!!!!!!

MM&MQ

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

MsQ: I love a girl who'll admit to that "shifting in her seat" feeling! I mean, if a romance doesn't move the head, heart, and body, what's the point? J.R. scores on all fronts with the Brothers.

Milady Insanity said...

I got and read the book over the weekend.

I've got to say, I didn't expect to LOVE Rhage either.

J R Ward said...

Let me see if I can post something...

J R Ward said...

Oh Good! I'm on!

Cindy- let me answer your questions below:

Do the guys ever give you different versions of the story?--No, they don't. It's as if their stories are written in stone. They are revealed to me and what is is... It's funny that way. Cuts down on the editing. The hard part though is getting the scenes I'm shown in the right order...

You have said they have come to you all there. Do they get restless, do they sometimes mess with you? I would think, with the time you spend on their stories that there must be times when you just want to yell, enough!-- OMG absolutely! When they really get going, I can't sleep, I can't eat, I get lost in this whirlwind. And yes, they mess with me. They get angry, resentful, aggressive- it's their personalities in the books times a thousand. So if I don't behave, all hell breaks loose in my head. And they have opinions about people and things, too. And speaking about opinions, I will say they're not really interested in my opinion about their stories. My job is to write what they show me! It's like I have a relationship with them- WHOA, this sounds bizzare, doesn't it?

Since the writing process is slower than what our brain can produce are there scenes that you have lost because they are going to fast and you're nowhere near there yet?-- No, I haven't lost the scenes. It's as I said, the stories appear to be set in stone. So if I have a scene pop into my head, it's like it was etched there. I just go back to it. Although I will say, I do keep notes sometimes, like I'll jot something down so that I don't have to work so hard to get back to it.

And Cindy- I'm so glad you like BUTCH! I'm writing him as we speak- he's upstairs while I came down for another coffee run!

J R Ward said...

Tina- good question! (She asked whether the Brothers care about their notarity). I have to say, and I hope this doesn't come across badly... the Brothers... they're kind removed from the whole response thing. They seem to be interested only in their stories getting out- i.e., my writing the stories down properly. The rest of the stuff doesn't seem to trigger their voices for the most part. Well... I will say, there are a few things that get them REALLY annoyed. And there have been a couple of occaisions when something will happen and their voices check in on a positive note.

As for the gang up question- tackled. Run down. Mashed into the carpet. When the Brotherhood really gets going, they can swamp my head!

zerzacjae said...

OMG! That comes out today? I totally lost track of when Rhage comes out. WARDen I will be back later to talk...Rhage coming out today....I gotta go to B&N like now ya feel me?

amy*skf said...

I still can't get over how you said it comes to you in scenes-pictures. I think I need to listen/look closer to my brain--I know this has happened to me before. I don't want to come off as saying: "oh, yeah, J.R. that happens to me all the time," Iguess what I'm trying to say is--oooh, I need to pay more attention.

still not coming out right.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ah, J.R.: Could it be that you are avoiding writing as do the rest of us mortals? Is coffee your secret weapon in the fight to buckle down and just do it? I would much rather read what your readers have to say than write this week's column...

Michelle

Devon said...

I'm curious about mating. Is there more than one type of ceremony? Is the ceremony written about in DL for warriors only? Marissa and Wrath were obviously not mated in the same way Beth and Wrath were. What happens when a couple breaks up? I picture a guy with names on his back crossed out, like items on a to-do list (Sorry for the visual). Will readers see a vampire with more than one mate? Perhaps I think about things too much.

MM&MQ said...

Michelle------I agree with you whole heartedly.......it's the whole experience and JR delivers the whole enchilada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She's the real deal!!!!!!!!:) And I'm shameless when it comes to admitting things....LOL

MM&MQ said...

The World the Brothers have revealed to JR is so lifelike.....it's unique and it stands alone.....The nuance and things revealed become a part of who you are....at least for me....I know that prolly sounds dumb.....but I am completely caught up in this world and it's characters....and I don't EVER want to leave.......

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm with you MsQ. I read so much romance that I fall of the deep edge sometimes. But fantasizing about romance heroes is fun and so much better than reading maudlin books that someone says I should read. Truly -- and I've heard more than one romance reader say this -- after 911 and the aftermath, I have enough reality on a daily basis to spend my down-time reading about someone's horrible life.

zerzacjae said...

Devon if you are cusrious you can join J.R.'s yahoo group Black_Dagger_Brotherhood@yahoogroups.com. She gives out cool hints and tidbits about the brothers. The WARDen has mentioned the brothers are like a TV channel the she can just flip on in her mind.

J R Ward said...

Amy- I have to repost your comment: I still can't get over how you said it comes to you in scenes-pictures. I think I need to listen/look closer to my brain--I know this has happened to me before. I don't want to come off as saying: "oh, yeah, J.R. that happens to me all the time," Iguess what I'm trying to say is--oooh, I need to pay more attention.
still not coming out right.--

OMG it's so true with authors. A lot of us do this and I like that you say it happens to you too because it makes me feel like less of a WEIRDO who should be in a PADDED room! :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

J.R.: Cindy S asked earlier, and you may have answered it, but I'm not sure: since the brain usually works faster than we can create, and you "see" your novels as they happen: have you ever lost scenes?

J R Ward said...

Devon- I like your question! (Here it is again: I'm curious about mating. Is there more than one type of ceremony? Is the ceremony written about in DL for warriors only? Marissa and Wrath were obviously not mated in the same way Beth and Wrath were. What happens when a couple breaks up? I picture a guy with names on his back crossed out, like items on a to-do list (Sorry for the visual). Will readers see a vampire with more than one mate? Perhaps I think about things too much. )-- LOL Okay, here's the deal with the mating. There are various levels of mating and the one that Beth and Wrath go through is the highest level- that is for bonded males and their mates. Bonded males never un-bond. So if they get their female's name in their back, they don't worry about 'divorce'. What they feel, that attachment, that possessive instinct, never goes away. You see, in the Brotherhood world, vampires are primarily animals. Very instinctual. And their emotions can be very clear, in the manner of animals. So if you go that far, you're never going to be without the female. Re: Wrath and Marissa. They were promised to each other, but Wrath never bonded with her and they never mated. Which was why she was never queen.

:)

J R Ward said...

Lost scenes don't happen for me... :) The stories unfold and just... they just are. I can't explain it. It's like I can fast forward or back track and it's all the same. Once I see a scene it's like etched in my brain. Kind of immutable. Does that makes sense? :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I heave a sigh of envy for sister writers everywhere who wish they could say the same.

amy*skf said...

Okay, so now I need to say that it is you. you J.R. who make me feel less like a weirdo.
Although, maybe it's the weirdo part that actually helps those of us who write, or just aspire to write.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

J.R., I know Amy, and I can vouch for the fact that she is kind of a weirdo. But in a real good way.

J R Ward said...

Amy, I think all of us are a little odd. Or very odd! Goes with the territory!

amy*skf said...

Hey...thank you?
J.R., do you have a soundtrack for the brothers or when you're writing, music that you naturally associate with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And, what is it.

MM&MQ said...

Is this the live blog chat?

Lizee said...

Hi Romance By the Blog fans and fellow "weirdos." I am a constant reader of but infrequent poster to Michelle's column and blog site. But I'm thoroughly enjoying the conversation with JR and am so impressed with the descriptions of the writing process everyone is sharing. I'm writing from a four-hour time difference - so I hope you're all still "on."

J R Ward said...

Hey MQ!

MM&MQ said...

I resemble that remark!!!!!!!!!!
Weirdo.................

It's fascinating to me to hear everyone talk about their craft and talent........:)

MM&MQ said...

HEY WARDen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like a bad penny....keep turning up!

J R Ward said...

Amy, I listen to rap. 2Pac, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Biggie, old school Cypress Hill, Juvi, Outkast, ODB, little ICP. So that's the music I associate with the Brotherhood- although I don't listen while I write... :)

J R Ward said...

MQ no bad penny! Did Justin get my email?

MM&MQ said...

Yes he did.......he was like AWESOME! I didn't know what he wrote until after he sent it....LOL
:)

MM&MQ said...

I'm three quarters thru and boy will I have some Q's for you aftr the cellies have read.............:)

J R Ward said...

I'm ready for your Q's!

MM&MQ said...

*WINK* I know you are.....that's one of the things I love about you......and KEEP READING!!!!!!!!!

Bookstoredeb said...

Hi JR. Just rushed home from work! I love your books. I finished Lover Eternal and can't wait for the next one!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK, J.R. that's a lot of rap for a seemingly white-bread girl to be listening to. Where did you pick up your taste for it? But the bigger question for me is, isn't it distracting while you're writing?

MM&MQ said...

The Brothers are becoming so popular they're disappearing!!!!! GO J.R.-----------You ROCK!!!!:)

MM&MQ said...

LOL.....Michelle!!!!!!!:)

Lizee said...

I humbly include myself in the group called "weirdos" with great pride. JR I love that your brothers speak to you so clearly and adamantly! As an aspiring writer, I, too, have had characters and scenes etched unexpectely into my brain - although not nearly with the force you clearly experience! My question is, does all your narrative come to you as well, or do you have to craft the threads between the scenes? Please please tell me you don't have a fairy-godmother-muse who "gives" you everything:-) If you do, does she adopt writer-waifs?

Bookstoredeb said...

JR Have your Brothers ever been compared to Kenyon's Dark Hunters? I think they rate right up there with them. And I totally love the DH so that is saying something!

J R Ward said...

Hey deb! Thank you!!

MM&MQ said...

I have to say I'm VERY grateful she gave up being a lawyer to do what she does soooooooo well!!!!!!

J R Ward said...

Michelle- I don't listen to the rap while I write. And truthfully, I hate the stereotype that only certain kinds of people can listen to certain kinds of music... :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, I mean it about the music. I'm a musician, and I'm always fascinated by how folks develop their taste in artists. I find some authors can weave music and lyrics into books well, and others seem to just want us to know they remember all the words to their favorite tunes. Which is ok by me on the last, cause i have no long-term memory.

J R Ward said...

Lizee- (here's the question: My question is, does all your narrative come to you as well, or do you have to craft the threads between the scenes? Please please tell me you don't have a fairy-godmother-muse who "gives" you everything:-) If you do, does she adopt writer-waifs?) I'm the one who has to make sure the words are strong and correct and that the scenes are tied together properly. So there's a lot of work that goes into that as you can imagine! The Brothers only show me what happens, placing me in the events... I have to pick the right words to make it all hang together. And let's here for weirdos!

Bookstoredeb said...

JR I am going to have to go to work at the bookstore here in a few minutes but I will try and stop in when I get there if you are still here.

MM&MQ said...

And we have a Brother who loooooooves Queen....YAY!!!!!!!:)

J R Ward said...

Z does to a mean Someone to Love! :)

Bookstoredeb said...

Do you get much grief over the unusual spelling of the character names?

MM&MQ said...

The voice of an ANGEL!!!!!!!!!!!

*BIG SIGH*

Bookstoredeb said...

I am suprised that the Brothers don't have more battles with the Lessers. Seems like they are all busy planning and punishing each other to fight the Brothers much.

MM&MQ said...

I know I'm not JR....but I don't understand what the deal is with the names..........I think it's awesome and VERY unique......:)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

No, really. Where did you pick up your interest in rap? And how does each brother let you know what he's drawn to musically?

And, can you talk a little bit about "Dream Weaver," and what it means to you?

Lizee said...

Oh yeah. I love it that my kids have "labeled" me a geek and a weirdo. As Michelle said earlier, it's meant, even from them, in the best way! So, JR, do your editors ever argue about a storyline with you and/or do they accept that you aren't allowed to change anything? Or have you been through enough of this now, they they just know ...?

J R Ward said...

Deb- actually most people love the names! And there is a story behind them. They are traditional warrior names in the Old Language (thus the different spellings). Over time, and in the English language, they became associated with aggressive or adverse emotions... :)

Bookstoredeb said...

I love them myself, I just wondered from comments I had heard. I can definitely believe the aggressive or adverse emotions.

J R Ward said...

Lizee, I won the lottery with my editor. I will say, though, I am very careful about how I frame certain issues. Take Z's book, for example, there is some very hardcore stuff in it, but when my editor read it, she said I handled it in a manner that didn't... push things too far for the market. I trust her and I love working with her. So far there is only one scene that I altered and the unaltered version is on my website.

sybil said...

Ward: OMG you are like logged in and posting. I am so proud!

hee need your picture uploaded ;).

Cindy! Glad you finally started the book.

And I think - JR will have to correct me, LOL or MM&MQ can I am sure - that the Slice of Life page on Ward's website will have some of those pieces of the brothers life that never get to make it to the book.

I think it should be way cool. And don't the Message Board things go up soon?

MM&MQ said...

Is that scene there now, JR?

J R Ward said...

Michelle, as to your music question... hmmm... I don't know, there's a lot of rap in the culture and I think I found it the way everyone else did. Heard it, responded to it, bought it. :)

MM&MQ said...

JR-----gotta take Justin to work...........BIG SIGH!!!!!!!!

MM&MQ said...

Hi Sybil!!!!!! LOL:)

J R Ward said...

Hey Sybil! I signed on all by myself (miracle!). The message board will be going up soon. As for the slices of life, that's real life vingettes of the Brothers. And MQ yes, it's the scene that's up now...

J R Ward said...

Drive carefully, MQ!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

J.R.: Talk to us about the clothes you dress the brothers in.

Clothes, music, etc., are details that can be handled well or poorly. When it's done right it's great, like yours. When it's bad, it's just all Jimmy Choos and Prada Bags, ya know?)

Bookstoredeb said...

Girls, hate to but have to head to work. Have fun. Will try to pop in when I get there if I can.
hugs
deb

Lizee said...

JR, another thing that you revealed that I loved and identified with was the fact that your first drafts get so long! It's fantastic that there's so much in your head and heart to write. In my case I'm often left puffing - and fretting - after a scene gets really long. Do the brothers ever help you with the cutting process? Do they get upset that things have to go? Do you "make bargains" with them about where the material will end up?

J R Ward said...

LOL Well, the Brothers pretty much dress themselves (Butch has been doing a very good job of it lately, don't you think?) I'm a bit of a fashion whore myself (although always keeping it in black) and I like things that look good. Actually, the Brothers look good in everything as far as I can tell!

But you bring up a very good issue. I think the best thing I can do for a reader is try to give them words that help them 'see' what is in my head. I pay a lot of attention to descriptive flow and rythym so that the picture is complete enough to give them a sense of what something or someone looks like, but not too much so they feel bogged down by the details...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Not spillin on the Dream Weaver thing?

J R Ward said...

Lizee!! OMG I'm laughing (and it's in a kind way, if you'd see, you'd know that I'm laughing at myself). There is no negotiating with the Brothers. They don't care about my problems. They could give a crap about what I have to do to make the book sing. What matters to the voices in my head is that the first draft is complete in their eyes. Any editing after that is my damage, not theirs. They want the first draft to be true. Everything after that is not their concern.

:) Boy, they sound... er, demanding. But they are. And I love them.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Deb, thank you for stopping by on your way to work!

Night Owl said...

I could always do with a longer book - I read this last one so fast. Now I'm just waiting again - always seem to be waiting.

rene said...

Hi JR! I'm over the moon for you today!! I can't believe Rhage's day is here!! Finally. Jesse and me did our little happy dance for you all day. lol That's for giving him to me!! Lucian is,a nd always will always be, yours. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I think many of us are enthralled, J.R. with the fact that the brothers are, er, demanding

J R Ward said...

Night Owl- ME TOO! I like the long books. You get invested in the characters because you have space to get to know them. I also love working with all the different POVs- it relieves some of the pressure in my head btu I think it gives texture to the manuscripts.

J R Ward said...

Hey Renee! Or shall I say:

HI MOMMY!

Lizee said...

This may sound completely ridiculous, or perhaps you've answered it somewhere, but who, really, do you think the brothers are? Are they/were they real? How did they find YOU? Were you thinking of ideas along the lines of their stories before they came? They certainly do sound like "interesting" house/head guests!

Night Owl said...

I sure wish they were real! We can only dream that J.R got her inspiration from some reality

Night Owl said...

I want some pictures if they are out there!

rene said...

You remembered!! (this is why I adore the breath right out you of)Our Girl is right here with me to bring you the good vibes and the love. She loves her auntie. :)

J R Ward said...

Lizee, I don't know. You know, I've had people ask me if they are real and my answer is that they are as real as anyone I've ever met. I mean, I can't distinguish what I know of them from the memories I have of people I've breathed the same air with. You know if you go through an experience with someone and then later on you can remember all the sights and smells and sounds and feelings? That's what the visions feel like.

As for the why of them picking me? All I can say is I'm glad they did!

rene said...

They picked you, JR, because you are an incredible talent and this world is a better place because your words are in it. (oh, and you too. lol)

krystal said...

Just wondering, JR, will you be having another interview with the brothers on the website??
--Krystal
(a.k.a. Elsa)

J R Ward said...

Hey Elsa! As a matter of fact, I'm writing it right now- I hope to have it up next week! :)

J R Ward said...

Rene, actually I think they picked me because I do what I'm told!

(Or... at least I do what they tell me!)

rene said...

Pffft. You do what you're told?? YOU??? Um, JR? Is this really you? lolol

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

J.R.: You've told us about the rich history of the Brotherhood. Any plans to write an Historical BDB novel?

J R Ward said...

Tammie!! OMG it's you!

Night Owl said...

When will we get an excerpt for the next book?

Lizee said...

Sorry to keep coming 'round to mundane practicalities, but your process fascinates me. I know you have to write when the stories come to you - but do you also have a set writing schedule? That is, do you write whether the brothers are speaking or not on a regular basis: so many hours/pages per day or week? Or is this a more reacting-to-the-revelations process for you?

Night Owl said...

Yes! It's me - Sybil said you would be here today - since I didn't make it to her blog yesterday. - work work work -

Eve Silver _www.evesilver.net_ said...

Okay, gotta tell ya, I'm a huge fan of the brotherhood.

But I'm not posting a comment for me, but for my son! He had to read a romance novel and do a book report for school (grade eight). I gave him Dark Lover, and he said it was the best book he has ever read. He can't wait to get started on Lover Eternal.

So I guess the story appeals to a wide demographic, LOL!

sybil said...

Rene, actually I think they picked me because I do what I'm told!

YOU so do not.

Oh michelle!!!!!!! Yes do historical!!

Night Owl said...

That's so funny Eve! Which brother does he want to be?

J R Ward said...

Lizee- I'm am rigid. A totally and completely anal retentive, high strung, stress ball nightmare of a Blondzilla writer.

I write every day. Holidays. Birthdays. Sick days. Snow days. Usually from 8 to noon. Then I go the gym. Then I work on editing stuff in the afternoon. Write more in the evenings. If I travel, I get up a five in the morning to write. If I don't write, I go bonkers. Crazy. Or... er, crazier.

I'm not someone who can set page goals, though. Sometimes a scene writes smoothly. Other times it doesn't. I just make sure I plant my butt in the chair every morning. I will say also, that the Brothers chatter all day long usually. Odd things will come to me at odd times... :)

J R Ward said...

Eve that's hysterical!! I'm so glad he liked it!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

JR.: Eve Silver and another viewer turned me on to Dark Lover. Great story, Eve, and congrats on "Dark Desires."

J R Ward said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I wanna give away something, a little secret... BUT I CAN'T!

sybil said...

yes you can....

and you didn't answer the historical thing, just saying ;)

Night Owl said...

ah - I like secrets!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You cheeky girl, you!

Eve Silver _www.evesilver.net_ said...

night owl - my son wants to be Rhage or Wrath.

JRWard - he wants to know if Phury will be in the same story as Z, or if he'll get his own story.

And I want to know if you can write fatser... please...

J R Ward said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh jeez, Syb, ya killin' me here.

krystal said...

of course you can tell us! You know you want to....

Eve Silver _www.evesilver.net_ said...

ooops! I meant "faster". It would be great if I could learn to type.

MM&MQ said...

JR just ROCKS.......and her talent is truly a blessing!!!!!!!!! For US!

sybil said...

hee I knew that name sounded familiar!

hi eve! I have your book but haven't read it yet. Although I just saw it on my weekly book stalking, uh shopping trip to walmart. They had a whole bunch back out. Which is awesome for a reorder of a debut.

MM&MQ said...

SECRET? Spill!!!!!!!!!!!!

J R Ward said...

Eve you are too kind! Phury absolutely gets his own book. Although he does play prominently in Z's.

Phury's taken my heart... he certainly has!

krystal said...

Oh yeah, I actually have another question, lol. Do you know who is going to speak to you next for their book after Z?

sybil said...

LOL mm you are back ;)

and really eve z needs to be a lil fatter so it works either way

soooooooo secrets? hmmmm

J R Ward said...

Krystal, Butch is next (actually I'm writing him now). Then it's V and then Phury.

After that, I'm not sure! :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yeah, Phury is a good one, too. You do such a great job building interest in the characters, driving us crazy waiting for what's coming next.

I used to think I was odd because I felt such keen anticipation for the next book in a series to come out. Clearly, I'm not alone. I want you to know, J.R. I've never anticipated a novel like I have 'Lover Awakened."

(And Eve, I had to correct my spelling, cause I just typed "Liver Awakened."

J R Ward said...

Michelle, you rock! And you know, I have to thank you for all your support of the Brothers!

MM&MQ said...

Waiting for Rhage was torture! And now our "ZZZZZZZZ" Big Sigh
Dark bad boy........lovin me some Z

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm honored you've spent so much time here today, J.R.

sybil said...

How much of Butch shows up in Z's book?

Does any of Z's story over lap with LE? I don't know cuz you don't do as you are told ;)

Eve Silver _www.evesilver.net_ said...

Hi Sybil. Thanks for the info about Dark Desires.

JR - Phury is definitely hot. And Z. And Butch. All of them... LOL! These stories are amazing. The kind of books that will stay on a keeper shelf to be lovingly taken out and savored time and again. And I adore the covers.

I also wanted to comment on your website. The idea to interview the brothers was positively brilliant.

Can you tell me what the editor found objectionable about the deleted scene with Billy Riddle? I thought it provided significant insight into the personality of Mr. X.

MM&MQ said...

HEHEHEHE...............

KEEP READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Sorry................

J R Ward said...

Syb, Butch is in the book of course... and yes, he runs into Marissa again...

The stories are sequential. Z's picks up right after Rhage's.

J R Ward said...

Eve- I've got to go pick up Dark Desires!

As for the scene, my editor and I discussed it (this is why I love her, it's never a cram down. She and talked, mull things over, then I decide what if anything changes.) and decided to pull back a little. At least until we got a sense of how folks would respond to the series.

Thanks re: the interviews- they're fun to do and I'm doing another set right now!

krystal said...

Well, I've got to scoot! Class is in half hour and I'm in the comp lab. This was fun! Talk to ya'll in the cell laterz....

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

J.R.: If you have a sec, because you write really good, emotional, hot love scenes and tee up the brothers' sexuality nicely...got any thoughts about whether there's too much sex in romance today as some folks charge?

J R Ward said...

Take care and thanks for coming! :)

Lizee said...

Ladies of the Blog - in the far north where I am writing from, it is blizzarding and I have an appointment that I have to drive to. So I leave reluctantly but you can bet I'll read every word here when I get back! JR - thanks so much for all the time you've taken and for answering all our questions. You're a delight to your fans and an inspiration (I think - you might be a force to fear) to other writers. I love how you've been led to your work. Good luck with Butch and V and the others as they come. Can't wait.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Thanks for stopping by to blogchat with J.R. Ward. She is so awesome. And, I think she gave us some new tidbits to chew on. Hope you keep coming back to visit. I'm always up for a little Black Dagger Brothers!

J R Ward said...

Awesome question Michelle!

Hmmm... I think as with all things in writing, it's not what you do, it's how you do it. If the sex is done in such a way so that the reader connects with the characters more closely and understands them better, then it's integral to the book and I'm all for it.

But your question is more general, isn't it... I think the market chooses trends by what books move. And if hot books are moving than obviously there isn't too much sex in them. However, what you may be getting out is an over all perspection of romance books. Frankly, I think people who are going to look askance at romances (quite a nice illiteration there, isn't it?) would do it anyway. I think each reader and writer needs to find what's right for them. :)

J R Ward said...

Michelle thank you SO much for having me! And thank you for everyone who came and posted!

Stacy~ said...

Sorry I missed this - it was fun to read all the posts.

I have both Dark Lover & Lover Eternal in my tbr pile - right now I'm reading a Lisa Kleypas book and she's one of my all-time favorites, but after that....

Trish said...

I cannot wait for Phury's book. I WANT MORE OF HIM. I think I am falling a little more in love with him as the books wear on...

Write faster J.R.

You're awsome

Rhesent said...

Umm...JRW..CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER A QUESTION FOR ME?....Where Can I Find Pictures Of The BrotherHood...I Found A Myspace For Vishous...Heres the URL www.myspace.com/truly_vishous_warrior And In My Opinion It Looks Exactly How He Is Described..

Rhesent said...

So...If you could..Could u send me the link to pics of the brothers..