What I Regret In Writing My Angelbound Series
By Christina Bauer, author
When I’m building a world, I try out different things. A teeny-tiny number work, the vast majority don’t. Most of the time, that isn’t a big deal. But every so often, I try super hard to shove something in and it becomes a major time suck.
With that in mind, here are 4 things I tried in early versions of Angelbound that I sincerely regret having wasted so much time trying to make them succeed when, in looking back, these are some serious shit burgers on the ideas menu of my writing life.
1. Armageddon started off as a small pink poodle
No, I am not kidding. I actually thought it would be awesome to have the King of Hell be a small pink poodle that talked. You know, the ‘last demon that you would have expected’ type thing? And yes, it was funny. But no, it totally didn’t work. That said, I loved the name.
2. Lincoln began as an antihero
I wanted Lincoln to be a badass. Sleep around. Drink. Be a dick. I even had an illegitimate child running around in one draft. But Lincoln was having none of it. The character fought me until he finally became who he was. A good and great man. Ahhh, Lincoln!
3. Myla was originally named Monica
And the book was titled Demonica (har har har). Unfortunately, there’s a restaurant in Boston’s North End called Monica’s, and we lived near said restaurant for about ten years. I kept trying to write Myla as a badass fighter, and I kept seeing the Monica’s logo in my mind: an overweight nun.
Needless to say, she got renamed Myla.
4. Walker was originally an agoraphobic fairy with a foul mouth
God DAMN, but I loved that foul-mouthed fairy. She did not belong in Myla’s story, but I kept her in there for the longest time anyway. Then, when I was rewriting the first chapter for the millionth time, Walker literally appeared. He wasn’t in my outline, but his portal materialized in the kitchen and out stepped my favorite ghoul. I haven’t given up on the potty-mouthed pixie, however. She’ll find a home some day!
So there you have it. Four unfit ideas (except for Monica, which was more of a word-association issue). TTFN!
ABOUT CHRISTINA BAUER
Christina Bauer writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. Christina lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby. Her most recent novel is QUASI REDUX.