• Claerie Kavanaugh

Sneak Peak Saturday: Part 2!

Welcome back to Sneak Peak Saturday! For those of you who are new, were just two months away from the release of my debut queer romance, Duet Rubato. To celebrate, every Saturday, I'll post a behind the scenes tidbit: a piece of artwork, some trivia, a favorite quote, something about the process for writing this book, and everything in between! Last week, I introduced CATIE and told you guys how I came up with the title. I also gave you guys the blurb, if you’re new here.

A Bit About My Character Art: A few months ago, I decided I wanted character art commissioned for this book, much like Kim Chance did for her book, Keeper. For this set of drawings, I actually hired two artists. Ricky, from Fiverr, who also did my logo, and Starr, from Twitter, who made a special, limited edition piece of heart which will go on swag given out to my street team. Click the link to join!

And now, without further ado, I'd like you all to meet: ADDIE!

ADALINE "ADDIE" DAVIDSON (Main Character/Love Interest) Addie Davidson has been in the performance industry since she was old enough to know what it was. Her mother became her manager and she spent a good portion of her childhood touring with professional companies in between attending the prestigious conservatory where she and Catie meet. By the time she entered the Manhattan Conservatory of Music and Art, everyone knew she had a bright future ahead. But now, ten years later, she prefers being behind the curtain as the assistant director of Bright Light Theater. Or, that’s what she tells herself. When she and Catie meet again after so many years apart, she might be the key to helping Addie remember who she truly is.

Bonus Trivia: The Start of This Book

Originally, I thought Duet Rubato would be a 50-page short story I would post on my blog or send out to my newsletter subscribers. It was also the first book I’ve ever tried to pants—meaning I had almost no plan when I started writing it. Hard for me to believe considering it now over 300 pages long. The only thing I knew at the time was that I wanted to write the stories that in the theater and I wanted the characters to be two females. I knew I wanted it to be a second chance for me and it and I knew that I had about a month and a half timeframe because that is long as it takes to get a show from addition to opening night. Because I spent about 12 years of my life involved in theater, I had a pretty solid grasp of how a production worked. I did have to do some research because of the that I gave each of my characters, especially after I made Addie the assistant director. But other than that, the entire novel which was 297 pages when I finished the first draft, came off the top of my head. Though I don’t think I’ll ever do it again, it was a ton of fun to experiment and I love this book!

Question of the Week: What new writing strategies or techniques have you tried?

Until next time, keep making magic, word weavers!


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