Lauren L. Garcia

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I've has been a storyteller all my life. I started writing down my stories at the age of twelve; two decades and over two million words later, I'm still going. My writing process often begins with a question: what if? Hot on the heels of those two words, other questions like “how?” and “why?” will follow. Inspiration comes from everywhere, though music compels my muse like nothing else. Sometimes a song will strike me, and I won't know why until I'm working on a particular character or scene; then, everything will crystallize in my mind. “Of course! This is how it should go.”

My work is extremely character-driven; they are the heart and soul of my stories, and much of my story crafting is centered around them. As a matter of fact, In additi
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Lauren L. Garcia If you are driving down a road, and find that the road is blocked, what do you do? Do you throw your hands up and say, "well, I guess I'll live here…moreIf you are driving down a road, and find that the road is blocked, what do you do? Do you throw your hands up and say, "well, I guess I'll live here now!" Of course not. You backtrack and find another way around or through the block. Use the same principle when writing. Often, when I feel "stuck," it's because what I'm trying to do is not what the story needs. When I backtrack or think of another approach, the "block" inevitably clears away.

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Lauren L. Garcia Hi Kathryn! That is an *excellent* question. :)

The Catalyst Moon series began as a way for me to integrate my favorite OCs, (original characters),…more
Hi Kathryn! That is an *excellent* question. :)

The Catalyst Moon series began as a way for me to integrate my favorite OCs, (original characters), from my Star Wars fanfiction into original fiction. Some of their backstories and personalities made the transition pretty smoothly, but other aspects of their characters did not translate well. For example, Kali was originally created as a Jedi Knight, but her background as a mage living in a bastion all of her life meant that mage!Kali's motivations would be much different than Jedi!Kali's. Much of her personality remained the same, but her attitude toward the world was very different.

It took a LOT of effort to translate Kali, Stonewall, and Milo from the world of Star Wars to the world of Catalyst Moon. At times, I felt hopelessly overwhelmed, sometimes wondering if I shouldn't have just made all new characters that would fit in the world how I wanted them! But in the end, my characters drive my stories and helped shape the world I created in CM, so I'm glad I put in the time and work. It was totally worth it. :)

In a similar vein, writing original fiction vs. fanfiction comes with its own host of challenges. There's good stuff; I'm the "boss" of this world, so I make my own canon. Things work out more or less how I prefer. ;) As for the challenging aspect...well, let's just say there were *many* occasions where I wished for a wiki to search for ideas! Making up swear words is also *really*tough! (But they are essential.)

Thank you for the insightful question!

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After three rewrites, two beta-readers, and countless revisions, Catalyst Moon: Storm (book 3) is with my publisher! I’m still trying to figure out when it’ll be released, but I anticipate late autumn/early winter. (Hopefully sooner, but it might need more work than I realize.) I feel pretty good about this one; it’s always tough for me to gauge a book’s quality so close after an ed...

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