Giveaway Winner and a Q+A Writer’s Tag

by | 8 September 2017 | Books, Life | 19 comments

It’s been one whole week since my website launched! *cue confetti explosions* You guys are all so amazing and flooded me with comments and emails and I’m still so overwhelmed with your encouragement. 🙂

But now that it’s been a week, the time has come. I have drawn the one lucky winner for my giveaway and I’m excited to announce that the winner is…

*drum roll*

Gray Marie!!!

Eep congratulations my wonderful friend! *throws confetti* I’ll be sending you an email at some point today, and you can tell me your prize choice and mailing address so I can get your book on the way! 😀


Moving on to the second half of the post, today I have a Q+A Writer’s Tag from my friend Cassandra Barthuly. She’s got an epic blog and her posts on writing are sheer brilliance, so you should all go stalk them all.
Anyway, getting right into the questions.



My current WIP (work in progress) is called Agent Kit and is about a fifteen-year-old kiddo called Benjamin Kit who’s trying to stop a world war. And about a street wise fugitive who’s trying to keep Ben alive.

Or in other words, here’s my attempt at a semi-synopsis: Agent-in-training Benjamin Kit wants to stop the war, but to do so, he must stand against the most powerful organisations in the world. Even if he’s not alone, how can one group of renegades possibly win?



I definitely started with the characters. Agent Kit is the second book in my trilogy, and I never planned for there to be more than one book until halfway through book one this random boy walked in and he just needed a story. Then he went and completely messed up my happily-ever-after ending in the first book and reaffirmed that there definitely needed to be a sequel.

And then, because I’m very bad a wrapping things up, a third book happened as well. I still haven’t worked out how that happened. 😛

Generally speaking, I normally start out with characters. I’ve got half a dozen story ideas, and twice as many that are just characters with no plot or story attached. Characters are just so fun to create and develop.



Two things:

a) Book one ended in a cliffhanger and very obviously demanded a second book.
b) I just liked Ben so much that I wanted to write more.

Aside from that, I just felt that the story couldn’t just end in one book. There was more to it. There was deeper development. More theme and character arcs that I wanted to play with. I wanted to show more aspects of the world that I’d begun in Rogue Escarlate and expand them further and from a slightly different perspective—through Ben’s eyes.



I actually have several amusing scenes that were ‘retellings’ of funny stories from a homeschool conference that I’d been to just before writing it for the first time (away back in November 2016). At this point, only one of those scenes is actually making it into the rewritten version that I’m plotting out currently. I’ve also made several inside jokes in all my novels. The sort of jokes that most people wouldn’t even notice as out of the ordinary, but certain people would instantly know. 😛



Nadine Brandes is a huge inspiration for me. Not only are her books absolutely amazing, she’s an epic person herself. Basically author goals.

Hope Ann is also an amazing person, and she’s definitely encouraged me a lot. Her books are really cool and she’s such a great person to get to know.

Many stories have inspired me in many different ways. This specific trilogy is definitely inspired a little by the Bourne movie series (many explosions and car chases xD), and there’s also the very vague hints of a Robin Hood retelling that have managed to survive my rewrites and edits.


That’s it for today, friends! (Except for another post, featuring Hope Ann’s EPIC COVER REVEAL. I’m so in love with the cover, seriously guys. You need to check it out.) Thanks for dropping past. 🙂 If anyone’s interested at all, feel free to grab this tag! I’d love to hear about your writing.

Congratulations, Gray, once again for winning the giveaway!! I’m so excited for you. 😀 You should be getting an email from me very soon.


Your turn! What real-life events or people inspired scenes or characters in your book? Who or what has inspired you as a writer?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Kendra Lynne

    Congratulations; Gray!
    And that was a really cool Q & A tag. I liked your answers; Jane. ?
    I really hope this comment goes through. ??

    • Jane Maree

      Thanks, Kendra! 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      Yay the comment worked. 😛

  2. Brianna Henderson

    SO THAT’S WHAT AGENT KIT IS I kept seeing you talk about it but never a synopsis and honestly that sounds so cool. Also Rogue Escarlate is such a cool title. And apparently I like the word cool.

    Honestly real people don’t inspire me that much? That sounds awful. 😛 But I don’t really base my characters after real people. Although, every single teenage boy I write I hold it up to my younger brother in the light and squint to make sure things are right. And all little kids are helped along by my other many younger brothers. *grins*

    J.R.R. Tolkien’s probably had the most influence on me as a writer, but honestly, the OYAN writing community inspires me the most. A whole lot of other teens and young adults navigating life and writing and if they can do it so can I.

    Note: You “post published” thing says this was published on the 8th and it’s still the 7th and time zones are just really cool

    • Jane Maree

      HAHA oops. XD I may have neglected to mention a synopsis very often. XP Thank you!! I’m glad you like the title. 🙂

      Shame on you. XP I’m kidding, that’s really interesting actually. Siblings can be useful like that sometimes. 😛

      OYAN, yas. <3 It's definitely an encouraging community to be a part of. And Tolkien's books are super epic. *nods*

      Whoa that's so cool. You're reading a post from the future. ;P

      • Kendra Lynne

        That’s whatI always think when I read the dates of your new posts; you are in the future and I’m reading a post today that’s posted tomorrow. ?

        • Jane Maree

          Haha nice. 😛

  3. J.A.Penrose

    EEEEP! Very cool. Congrats Gray!
    Another awesome post!

  4. Jane Maree

    Yay thanks, Jess! 😀 Good to hear you liked it. ^-^

  5. Sarah Louise

    WOOT, Congrats Gray!! *Throws confetti everywhere*

    • Jane Maree

      *throws confetti also*

  6. Jem Jones

    Congratulations, Gray! Enjoy your book 😀

    And I enjoyed reading a bit about your projects, Jane! (For some reason, the names Kit and Ben make me think they’re nice/honest/loyal boys? just by their names?? IDK why xD)

    • Jane Maree

      Yeet thank you. 😀 I’m so excited that you like it. And ooh yes that’s cool. Nice, honest and loyal describes Ben really well actually. 😛

  7. MiddleEarthMusician

    Congratulations, Gray! XD
    Loved this tag! Can’t wait to read your book, Jane. It sounds so EPICLY AWESOME!!! XD *throws confetti*
    Haha, I always come up with characters first, then storyline. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      Eep thank you. ^-^ That makes me very happy to hear, MEM. 😀
      Characters. <3 <3 I sometimes come up with characters, character arcs and theme and /then/ plot. XD

      • Clare Farrelly

        Sometimes actual plot can come along quite late…. after the first draft. But there is never any lack of action! And definitely cool characters.

        • Jane Maree

          Haha yes true. XD Sometimes I forget plot altogether. XP

  8. Gray Marie


    Congrats on the website, it’s lovely! And this tag is awesome!! <3

    • Jane Maree

      YOU’RE WELCOME!! *throws confetti* I’m so excited for you. 😀

      Thank you thank you. *hugs* It’s great to hear that.^-^

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