Guest Post: What’s going to happen next? by: Nikki Woolfolk, author of The Men of Summerly

Publisher: Word Nerd Press

Publication Date: August 7, 2014

Synopsis: Tradition is as quaint tradition does.

So thinks British trade envoy Simon Leatherby as he settles into his temporary home in the mountains of Stubborn, West Virginia, to negotiate an equitable export trade agreement. As the guest of honor at the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Ball, Simon is charmed by the beauty of this rugged country and matchmaking townsfolk, but only business is on his mind.

Ashland “Ash” Gottschalk, a sweet tempered glassblower, is caught up in a horrible set of circumstances, no thanks to an evil manager and his two wicked assistants heaping abuse on all the downtrodden workers of the Pantoufle Glass Factory. With a clever plan, borrowed items, and a touch of magic, Ash’s friends transform the kind cinderfella into a proper gentleman for one stolen evening at the ball.

A chance meeting at the celebration turns into a magical evening to remember as Ash and Simon meet their match. When the clock strikes midnight and the mysterious Ash disappears as suddenly as he appeared, Simon moves heaven and earth to seek out the keeper of the glass trinket left behind on that starry night.

Will Simon find his ‘prince’ before time runs out or will the evil management’s last cruel trick destroy his happy ending with Ash?

Author Bio: Nikki Woolfolk grew up with her southern father’s good cooking and tall-tales and her mother’s science fiction loving influence early Silicon Valley. In 2013, a friend challenged her to mix her two loves, science and writing, to create a romance novella. Considering herself more nerd than a romantic, Nikki wrote her version of a romance in which she gets to “have a parkour chase scene, blow sh*t up, and make sure the good guy and gal get the girl” with food on the side when the adventures work up an appetite.

Nikki lives in New England with her son and her partner and is working on the next book with more original recipes for the Steampunk Romance Sweet & Steamy series. For more details go to her blog: or find her on Twitter!

Guest Post: What’s going to happen next?

Isn’t that how all stories grow into being is with the question that begins with what? It is a writer’s ultimate tool in plotting, character motivation or pulling a writer out of the corner they have written themselves in. One of my favorite screenwriter’s Leslie Dixon likes to purposely write herself into a corner and then ask herself what the character would do in the situation. She did it with the cringe-worthy scene in the movie LIMITLESS and no one can say it wasn’t true to the character.

As a kid I grew up watching science fiction on television and in movies and as my mum sat by my side she would prompt me and ask me what I thought the characters would do next. Such a playful prompt helped me later in my writing fiction because it forced me to do two things. 1. Go deeper into character point of view. and 2. How will their actions affect other characters and plots?

I think that’s the part that I love about creating stories. I may work with a loose outline, but I am still surprised about what I learn from each character I write and their actions and motivation. There’s nothing sweeter than diving into a story and loosing the world behind you and experiencing the thrill of adventure and emotions of the characters.

I figure if I had spent more time on my school work instead of having my nose in a book I probably would have had better grades. Though the idea of leaving behind the world an author created just never crossed my mind until the story ended.  Isn’t that what’s best about reading fiction? Always wondering what the character will think of next or if they’ll take revenge or if they’ll show mercy and so forth.

For my newest Steampunk novella, THE MEN OF SUMMERLY, I took the Cinderella fairy tale and gave it a twist in setting via my Steampunk world and character by having a M/M in a society in which it’s commonplace, but class is the ultimate divider, not orientation.

It was fun taking this well known fairy tale and adding a twist. By focusing on a world that is part idealistic, but still has its flaws, gave me the opportunity to move the plot along while the characters took me on a sweet ride. I’ve often been asked if, as a writer, I prefer character driven stories or plot driven one. I must admit that I cannot see one existing without the other.

It wasn’t so much during the first draft process, but actually during rewrites that I my characters revealed more of themselves and in that my simple plot grew and the setting richer for it. Instead of secondary characters just holding up the scenery or giving important plot points they worked off the main characters and became three dimensional instead of flat for me.

Even though I am much older now I still am asking myself the same questions I did when I first began writing: What’s going to happen next? The best part about the question is that the answer is varied and a surprise each time whether I’m writing or enjoying someone else’s storytelling.

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