Meet My Characters: Madalena Symone Young

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Madalena Symone Young, 23 when the story begins, female lead

Birth date: February 19, 1989

Appearance:

Hair: Blonde hair past shoulder length with burgundy highlights

Eyes: Hazel

Height: 5’ 4”

Weight: Slender

Build: Average

Backstory

Prefers to be called Mady. Mady’s parents were arrested when she was 10 for selling drugs. They lost custody of her and she was placed with her aunt (Lorain Caterina Polinsky), but her husband was an alcoholic and was emotionally abusive to them. He eventually left when she was 17. She went to college to study fashion and design and worked 3 part time jobs to pay for it along with having a scholarship and taking out a student loan. Her grades were suffering and she almost lost her scholarship. At that point she was approached by a male student who told her the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Nashville was hiring. The pay was a lot more than her 3 part time jobs put together and she would work less hours so she’d have more time for her school work. She reluctantly went and talked to the owner. She told him she’d give it a try. She also told him that she lied about her age when she was 19 and her uncle left her and her aunt. She needed a job and the corner bar hired her, so she had experience bartending. Soon she had quit her other jobs and was making decent money every week.

One night while serving an older gentleman he told her he was making an adult film and she’d be perfect for it. She declined his offer at first, but he gave her his card and told her to give him a call if she changed her mind. The more she thought about it, the more the thought of the money she’d make appealed to her. She didn’t have any friends to talk to about it, other than the other girls at the bar. They told her it wouldn’t hurt to at least check it out, but to be careful. She gave the guy a call and he gave her an address. She went on a Saturday, a few hours before her shift at the bar started. It was a warehouse in an industrial park, but there was a sign on the door that read: ‘Garry Martino – Producer’. Inside there was a well-appointed lobby with a large desk at the far end and an attractive young woman sitting behind it. She directed Mady to take the elevator to the third floor and she’d find him there. When she got out of the elevator she saw about a dozen people walking around what looked like a movie set. It was a living room with a sofa opened into a bed, a loveseat and a few chairs. There was loud music playing, but it stopped a moment later. She caught sight of Garry, he was standing in front of a table of food. She quietly made her way towards him and tapped him on the shoulder. They talked for a while since everyone was on a break. He explained what was going on and told her she could just hang out and observe for a bit before she made a decision about whether or not she wanted to be in the movie.

When everyone came back from break they were talking about the next scene and it hit her that they were talking about sex. She didn’t say anything, but it made her feel uncomfortable. When they started shooting the scene she was surprised to see the actors and actresses were actually having intercourse and being filmed. Being in a pornography movie made her feel sick to her stomach, so she excused herself and tried to walk out of the building as calmly as she possibly could. She got on her bike and drove to the bar so she could talk to the girls there and see what they thought about this. A couple of them told her she’d made the right decision, but some of the others told her she should have stayed a little longer and talked to the guy about it some more. Apparently they didn’t see a problem with being a porn star.

About a week later Garry showed up at the bar again and asked for her. He wasn’t upset, but was wondering why she left without telling him and wanted to know if she was still interested in being in his movie. She told him it made her uncomfortable and she wasn’t interested, so he left.

I Need to be Serious for a Minute…

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This isn’t something that you’ll see too often on this blog, but I feel the need to be serious for just a few minutes. I’m going to be posting my character’s back stories for your reading. But, I want to say something before I do. I’ve learned a few things since I’ve gotten more serious about my writing. I’ve joined some writing groups and met some amazing people.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that many people suffer from PTSD for many reasons. I’m fortunate enough to not have to worry about it, but I want to be sensitive to readers that might be dealing with this. So consider this a trigger warning for any posts in the future. I don’t write graphic stories other than mushy, lovey-dovey stuff, lol. BUT, some of my characters don’t have the most stellar pasts, and this might cause issues for some people. There is mention of rape, drinking, suicide, and possible drug use. Again, nothing detailed or graphic, but some people might have an issue just with the mention of these things. So I want to give fair warning to readers who may be sensitive to these things.

Ok, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming!

National Novel Writing Month

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I know I’ve been quiet lately. I’ve been slacking on my writing, but I’m hoping to change that next month. I’ve been saying that I want to finally complete a novel, but have yet to do it. So, I’ve made the decision to join the craziness of Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

I know there will be days that I won’t be able to write, but I’m going to find ways to make up for those days and I’m going to give it my best shot at hitting the 50K word goal by the end of November. If I don’t make it by then I’ll keep going into December until I hit my goal!

I’ve decided to make a Bullet Journal to keep track of everything for NaNoWriMo so I printed out a word count tracker and taped it inside and I have a collection of other pages, mostly tips about grammar and such because I tend to struggle with grammar from time to time. I’ve also added some quotes and things. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to writing, but I’m going to work on creating some characters and adding that to my journal. I have an idea for a story, but I still need to do some research for it.

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I want to try and develop some characters for my story. I don’t usually do much planning for my stories because as my characters develop they usually write the story for me. They seem to have a life of their own and sometimes I can hear them in my head, lol.

THEN, comes National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo) in March and I’m considering doing that as well so I will have a novel written and edited early next year. I might make another Bullet Journal to go with NaNoEdMo, but I’m not sure yet since it’s a ways off still.

I Just Can’t

So I’m posting this quick message to let my readers know that this is the extent of this week’s post. My writing motivation has run screaming for the hills and refuses to come back. I guess you could also say I’ve been hosting a pit of a pity party for myself recently. I hope soon to have another post up for readers to enjoy. In the mean time, check out my other posts, comment and follow.

Calling All Fiction Readers!!

Calling All Fiction Readers!!

Calling all avid readers! I’m looking for some dedicated readers that are willing to give feedback on my stories. Some of them will be completed, but some of them will be ones I’m still working on. I want to make sure the completed stories are ready to be shared on my blog as posts and some of the longer ones will be broken up into multiple posts. I don’t have any formal training when it comes to creative writing, but I’ve been told I have talent.

As I was doing some research on how this whole Beta Reader or Advance Copy Reader thing should work, I found this  blog post about the topic. There’s also a worksheet that has been created for this very thing, but not all of it will apply to my stories. It’s more or less a guideline as to what I’m looking for when giving feedback. There are also tons of other articles out there about how to be a beta reader if you want more info.

This link is a simple form I’m asking my ACR’s to fill out before I send my work out. Please be sure to read it and feel free to send me an email if you have any questions: nikki.ayve@gmail.com.

How To Differentiate Between Love And Romance Stories

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I’m not very good at explaining the difference between the two to be honest. I’ve done some Googling on it and I’ve pulled a quote from Nicholas Sparks’ website as he answers this question:

“Though both have romantic elements, the sub-genres have different requirements. Love stories must use universal characters and settings. Romance novels are not bound by this requirement and characters can be rich, famous, or people who lived centuries ago, and the settings can be exotic. Love stories can differ in theme, romance novels have a general theme—”the taming of a man.” And finally, romance novels usually have happy endings while love stories are not bound by this requirement. Love stories usually end tragically or, at best, on a bittersweet note.”

To be quite honest, after MORE Googling I feel like it’s a bit of a gray area and kind of open for a bit of interpretation. So I decided to get opinions from people in one of the Facebook groups I belong to. Naturally, romance has to be a major key in any romance or love story. But in a romance story, we focus more on the journey they take to be together and how they change along the way.

Additionally, secondary characters, while present, aren’t major parts of the story. They support the main characters and they don’t have their own story apart from the main characters. Plus, romance stories have a happily ever after (HEA) in the end. Whether the main characters get married or engaged, readers can still tell they will be together, at least for the time being.

Love stories don’t have to have a HEA, but the main characters can be together, even if one of them changes (for better or worse). A lot of fiction writers write love stories with multiple characters and storylines in the same book.

While there will always be differing opinions about romance stories vs love stories, I think this is a pretty good explanation. Comments and questions are always welcome!

My First Post

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I’ve been wrestling with what my first blog post should be about. Should I write about the books/stories I’m working on? I could, but I don’t want to just throw my short stories up on my blog and be done with it. I know some authors blog about inspiration. So, what inspires me? Well, partly it’s experiences I or someone I know have had, but not always. Sometimes I get inspiration from other books I read or stories I hear about, movies, etc.

So, what about characters? I don’t base my characters on anyone I know, usually. I might pull bits and pieces of personalities from people I know, but I don’t base a character solely on one person. I don’t really want someone to read my stories and feel like I’ve written about them specifically. When I think up names I like names that we don’t hear every day. I like to spend time looking at baby name websites to choose names and I like to keep a list of names I like. I usually have a hard time coming up with last names for my characters, so I look online for ideas.

My writing can be a bit sporadic at times because I don’t have an actual work space. When I’m not using my laptop it gets put away and I use a folding table I put away when I’m not using as well. I’d love to eventually find a corner where I can have my laptop setup and more or less leave it there.

I’ve been writing off and on for about 10 years and I have a secret. I used to write fan fiction stories, but I didn’t share them much. I’m working on editing a select few, taking the fan fiction aspect out of them and just turning them into short stories that I’ll post here soon. Keep an eye out and come back for updates!