When answering, I always have to start out by clarifying just what I write, and this includes urban fantasies (as Chris Marie Green and, later this year, Christine Cody), Harlequin category books for Special Edition and Blaze (as Crystal Green), plus the occasional novella or short story.
It’ll come as no surprise if I tell you that the most hair-pulling, intensive, complex plotting and layering goes into the urban fantasies. First, they’re about 100,000 words long, and if you’ve ever read my Vampire Babylon series from Ace, you’ll know that these books contain main plots plus subplots that support the themes, characterization, and action for the primary plot. The longer books allow me to really explore the world of my vampire hunters and their quarry—each have their own layered societies that require lots of room for building. Also, the word count lets me flesh out the noir mysteries and to explore new developments with characterization. These books can take months to write, but I think the end result is always worth it.
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I’m giving away a signed copy of the sixth book in the Vampire Babylon series—DEEP IN THE WOODS. To enter, just leave a comment. A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, March 20, 2011. (Void where prohibited.) Good luck, and thank you!