Fergyville by Katina Ferguson
Frank and Catherine are parents worn down by three young children, and life. As they try to come up with a new, more efficient, way of managing their lives, they are met with a series of unforeseen obstacles. When Frank gets home from work, things don't seem quite right. He begins to wonder if some of the problems experienced by his family are in fact the work of malicious people from his past.
Here is a little back story to the creation of the series and why I chose novelettes:
About the Fergyville series:
The concept for the series came as a result of conversations I had with my dad. Whenever I'd give him a call to see how he was doing, and fill him in on what's new, he'd be amazed with the way I turned an ordinary summary of the day into an entertaining drama or comedy. There are times where he would be in tears (from laughter) over the way I described something my kids did and my thoughts surrounding their deeds. He reminded me that, as a writer, I didn't necessarily have to craft epic stories right away; sometimes great stories can be made out of the material we're given every day. It wasn't something I had thought about since my preference is for paranormal and science fiction material, but I decided to give the contemporary story a "go" anyway. So far, I love it. The storyline in the Fergyville series isn't something I pulled from my personal life, but I draw from my personal experiences and certainly my observations of people (in general) to bring the material to life. I spend a lot of time transposed in the body of my characters because (for me) it is important that I know what they are "feeling" and why they feel the way they do.
Why novelettes and why a serial installment of novelettes:
I kept people like me in mind when I paced the reading time for the books; multitaskers, mothers and fathers of young children, folks with multiple jobs or juggling work and school…anyone with a hectic schedule really. I wanted those readers to be able to finish each book in one sitting so they could feel a sort of immediate gratification (in finishing the book) and still have time to read other materials that interest them. Novelettes are the kind of reads one can fit in between full length novels, and they are very entertaining. With this series, I decided to do a serial installment because it was easier to manage (with my schedule) and I felt it would give readers a chance to get to know me (my style) without having to spend a whole lot of money (or time) up front. The first book is paced at about a 30-minute read and the following books will be around the one-hour mark, somewhat like a television series, which is also the reason I call each book an episode.
Fergyville is set for 12 episodes. Do you already have them planned out or is that just a rough guess?
It's a rough guess. There are themes that I want to explore with the characters of Fergyville and I think it will take 12 novelettes to do it.
What is your writing process? Do you set certain hours of the day, or just write when you’re moved to do so? How many hours do you generally write?
My writing process varies. Like Catherine, I have three young children (they served as character models for Catherine's children) and no matter what I plan, in terms of a schedule, I usually have to make adjustments…this regular occurrence is what inspired the theme for episode 1 actually. During the summer all of my kids are in the house, so I write at night. I aim to do 3 to 4 hours but that depends on what's left of me at the end of the day. Realistically I get 1 to 2 hours in.
Do you have any favorite authors?
No favorites. A good book is a good book. Overall I've not been one to have a favorite anything ; food, color, music etc. There is what I like right now. I'm reading more indie work these days and the last book I thought was a wonderful surprise was The Evolution of Insanity by Haresh Daswani.
If somehow you were forced to stop writing, what would you do instead?
Good question. I'd go the verbal route…tell my stories. I'd dictate them to someone who could write them for me, or I would record them somehow, or I'd just snatch anyone who was willing to listen and talk to them. I'm a chatter box.
At a movie theater which arm rest is yours?
The right of course J
Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi all the way!
Fergyville is available on the Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords. Go get it; it's a fun read.