HOW IT CAME ABOUT
I had the idea for Aurora, and the Fae Colorline mythology bouncing around my head for a couple of years, but it stayed in the background as I tried to establish myself after college in LA as a screenwriter. I began to focus on the TV world, writing several pilots for the CW network, then found myself with some downtime between development cycles. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to work on more: prose or poetry, and then the idea of Noa came to me. A heroine who writes poetry; a novel that could encapsulate both! I knew that to explore this special passion, which of course is my special passion, I would need a lexicon of images beyond the ordinary and natural—something magical. And then it all came together: the idea of a young poet, struggling to find her own world separate from her childhood, who can actually enter the magical world she envisions in language.
THE LIGHTNING-FAST REVISION AND WORD COUNT WOES
When Amazon Skyscape decided to publish the book, they decided they wanted it fast, really fast, and so my editor Annie and I had to get to work! The original rough draft was over 620 pages and 160,000 words, and Annie gave me a target of 80,000 words and three weeks to do it in! She gave excellent guidance on how to cut and polish and streamline, but it was still a gargantuan task! Trust me, many late nights followed to the sound of nighttime Kauai waves, while Ninja slept on the surfboard wondering why we weren’t out in the water (see picture). Finally, somehow, we made it by the deadline—and amazingly, for all the heartache it took to cut things I loved—the shorter version is my favorite by far!