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One thing I really loved as I wrote Magic Mansion was the comments I got from the readers. Their interaction kept me so motivated! Here's a little sample from the part where readers got to vote on two characters were auditioning to get on the show:
A member of Team Francis said:
Hmmm, Kevin or Francis? This is a hard choice because they're both substantial characters with a lot to offer. Kevin is machiavellian and Francis is so needy, weird, and whiny. Both could add a lot to the plot, but Francis is especially fun to read about, so I'll vote for him.
A Kevin-voter said the following:
My choice to keep is Kevin Kazan; not because he’s likable, but because he would bring a different slant to the magic competition. He seems more like the modern magicians and a clash between the modern style of magic and the more classical and “real” magic sounds great. I don’t know if Kevin has real magic or not, but I think he’d make a great character you’d love to hate.
And some other fun general comments were:
Like that the characters are not twenty-somethings for once, and, Ricardo is definitely hot.
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Magic Mansion forged a special bond between Dev Bentham and me because I got to know her during the polling process. What polling process, you may ask? I wrote Magic Mansion as a choose your own adventure type story. Because the concept was that the characters were participating in a reality show, the competition was periodically voted off—and I let readers do the voting in my monthly newsletter. There was a spot each month for readers to leave additional feedback on the polls, and Dev always sent me the most wonderful notes.
Today she’s put together a few questions for me about the novel.
Dev: I’ve always wanted to know how much you plotted/thought ahead each month and how much was all new after you'd seen the results of the poll.
Jordan: Because I couldn’t predict who would get voted out, I had to be incredibly flexible. The way I remember it, I really couldn’t do any planning at all. It was sort of like being part of an improv group. Each month I got my prompt and I ran with it.
Dev: Had you thought up the challenges?
Jordan: You would think I could at least do that, but no. The challenges were designed to shuffle different magicians to the top of the pack, so I’d think of things that the magicians would either really do well on, or really stink at. And I’d need to know who my “cast” was that week to design the challenge. Sometimes it was exciting to have someone unexpected win or lose a challenge, but for the most part I wanted the scoring to seem realistic.
Dev: And was there ever a week where you were rooting for a different character than the readers chose?
Jordan: (spoilers ahead)
This early vote really changed the feel of the Gold Team. With the negative energy gone, they bonded strongly and transformed from underdogs to the team to beat. That’s a classic plot arc that readers can really get behind.
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And if you hate reality shows, not to worry. It’s not a retelling of a reality show, it’s a behind-the-scenes look at the machinations of the producers and the competitiveness of the contestants. With magic. And a deserving couple falling in love.
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Time-Sensitive VoteThe 5th annual M/M Romance Group Member's Choice Awards is incredibly time-sensitive with voting coming to a close 6:00 p.m. eastern time on 15 January. You must be a member of the Goodreads M/M Romance group to vote, and be logged in to your account. I'd love it if you'd take a moment to click if any of the following stories or characters have brought you joy!
Poll #2 Favorite All-Time M/M Series - PsyCop
Poll #4 Best Short Story - Canine (A Channeling Morpheus Short)
Poll #6 Best Fantasy - Charmed and Dangerous
Poll #12 Best Main Character - Wild Bill
Poll #13 Best Anthology - Charmed and Dangerous
Poll #15 Favorite All-Time M/M Romance - Among the Living
Poll #22 Best Gay/Out For You - Life is Awesome (Mnevermind 3)
Poll #28 Best Cover Art - Charmed and Dangerous
Poll #40 Best Sci-fi/Futuristic/Post-Apocalyptic/Steam
Poll #44 Best Paranormal - Charmed and Dangerous
Poll #47 Favorite All-Time M/M Author - Jordan Castillo Price
VOTE HERE! :-)
We had lots of fabulous reader suggestions for titles and it was difficult to pick. In the end we went with While the City Sleeps, suggested by Linda Martinez. I thought it could really evoke either genre.
Lou: Jordan used to post Photoshop tips on her blog and I learned a lot from them. She also got me hooked on a handful of sites that offer deals on design stuff. The woman knows my crack.
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Interested in seeing more of Lou's cover art or maybe commissioning one for your own story? Find her on deviantart and pinterest.