Today, I’m thrilled to host young adult author Lori M. Lee on her tour for The Infinite, book two in the Gates of Thread and Stone fantasy series from Skyscape. The novels are about a young woman named Kai who can manipulate the threads of time and finds herself at the center of a conflict between the gods. Each volume has a great mix of action, adventure, and romance, not to mention twisty plots that will keep you guessing. Lori is an amazing author and friend, so please welcome her!
The Drafting and Revision Process for Lori M. Lee
I’m an outliner. I spend a lot of time just preparing to write the book. For one of my books, I have an 8-page glossary and nearly 50 pages of world building. The outline is 24 pages. All that took over a month before I was even ready to put down some words. Some of you are shaking your heads at me and muttering, “Weirdo.” You’d be right ;)
Once I’ve got my outline, I can complete a first draft in four weeks. This is usually a 40k – 50k bare bones draft that needs a lot of fleshing out. This isn’t always the case (The Infinite was a 70k first draft), but it has been for most of my manuscripts. In the second draft, I fix any major plot or pacing issues. I take my time with it. I go through sentence by sentence, rewriting and tweaking every line and bulking it up. I do this a third time if necessary before I feel it’s ready to be seen by my CPs.
Once it’s in my CPs’ hands, I take a break and work on other things or I veg out to Game of Thrones. Then when they return the ms (they are always so fast, I love them <3), I do another round of revisions based on their feedback. Then I either send it back to them for a second read and/or I pass it on to my agent. She always has great things to say, so likely I will do another round or two of revisions with her as well.
Sometimes, she won’t like it and decide I need to start over again. That’s always hard to hear, but also always on point. And sometimes she’ll love it, and we’ll prepare to go on submission :)
Hope that was somewhat insightful into my process!
About the Author:
Lori M. Lee is the author of young adult fantasy novels Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.
Gates of Thread and Stone
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
Praise for Gates of Thread and Stone:
“Lori M. Lee excels in building a world of intrigue, oppression, and magic amidst a Labyrinth setting as twisted and winding as the secrets hidden inside her characters’ hearts. Fans of strong heroines who don’t need a boy to hold their hands, action-packed fighting scenes, and whispers of steampunk and mythology, will find themselves wishing they, too, could manipulate the threads of time, if only to stay inside the story a little longer.”
A.G. Howard, New York Times bestselling author of the SPLINTERED series
“A fast-paced, heart-wrenching whirl of a story full of magic, immortals, and a romance that will leave readers gasping for more. I adored the tough, scrappy narrator and fell in love with the boy chasing after her heart. Lori M. Lee introduces us to a fantasy world unlike any other and gives us the first taste of an epic love story in the making. I can’t wait for more!”
Mindee Arnett, THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR series and AVALON series
“Inventive, romantic, and gripping. I was hooked from the first page!”
Amy Tintera, REBOOT and REBEL
“A thrilling adventure in a vivid world, GATES OF THREAD AND STONE is the kind of book you want to read both fast and slow: fast to find out what happens next and slow to savor the journey. I couldn’t put it down.”
Sarah Beth Durst
“Lee has woven a captivating fantasy that will thread its way into your heart and pull you into a world of magic and intrigue.”
Christina Farley, GILDED and SILVERN
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I’m happy to announce my cyberpunk story “Jump Cut” is now live in Unlikely Story #11, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography!
“Jump Cut” includes hover cross, gambling, and a dash of film theory. To learn more about the inspiration behind the story, check out my related Pinterest board and my author interview with Unlikely Story. The story is a personal favorite of mine and holds the record in close-but-no-cigar rejections out of all my short pieces. I’m just glad that the unlikely editors of Unlikely Story loved it as much as I do!
Be sure to check out the entire issue for stories by Levi Sable, Curtis C. Chen, Barry King, Fiona Moore, and Joseph Tomaras:
you’ll find stories exploring the limits and possibilities of technology and the various ways it defines, enhances, and intersects with humanity. An unorthodox application of a 3D printer; the creation of private worlds; hacking the human brain with extreme video sequences; parents customizing ideal children through knitted code; a self-aware AI taking up the pirating life; and a cult seeking transcendence through transformation — all of these stories explore coding, hacking, cracking, and our relationship with technology in most unlikely ways. (Editor’s Note, Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, Issue 11)
In other news, there’s only a week left to get a print copy of Fat Girl in a Strange Land, the 2012 anthology from Crossed Genres Publications, featuring my story “The Tradeoff.”
It’s been a while. 2014 is gone, and much of January for that matter, and 2015 is here to stay. I promised myself I’d start blogging more regularly, but you can see how that’s turned out. Between the holidays, a poorly-timed cold, and tons of writing, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to ring in the New Year properly.
But the writing is going well, even if I don’t have much to show for it. Revisions to two WIPs have commanded most of my attention lately, and my short stories in circulation have dwindled as a result. But luckily I have a bunch of new ideas that I’m looking forward to fleshing out to keep me busy well into 2015.
But there’s more in store for this year!
On March 10, 2015, The Infinite releases from Skyscape, the sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone by my fantastic critique partner Lori M. Lee. This YA fantasy series about a girl who can manipulate the threads of time and finds herself at the center of a conflict between the gods has a great mix of action, adventure, and romance. Add it to you TBR pile!
June 2, The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth releases from Roc and features my story “Against the Wind.” Set in S.M. Stirling’s post-apocalyptic Emberverse, where all electronics, explosives, and internal combustion engines mysteriously cease working and humanity must find a way to survive, this anthology is a great introduction to Steve’s world or fun companion to his novels, and I’m honored to be a part of it!
Finally, this September will see the release of Fran Wilde’s debut fantasy Updraft from Tor, which yours truly had a sneak peek at during its development. Fran’s a wonderful writer and trusted friend, so I hope you’ll check out her story of bone towers, man-made wings, and creatures that roam the clouds!
Hopefully 2015 will have even more amazing things to come. In the meantime, happy writing!
I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Jump Cut” will be published in The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, the 11th issue of Unlikely Story, available February 2015.
This story is a personal favorite of mine, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for when it goes live. In the meantime, check out the table of contents for the other great writers that also have stories in the issue.
And for a sneak peak at what the story’s all about, you can check out my Pinterest board chock full of visual inspiration.
Needless to say this sale is a great way to close out the year. Happy writing!