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Nastasia Peters – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Altors

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Altors

    by Nastasia Peters

    1. Calycanthus was a girl at first, but soon turned into a boy. This was in the early stages, so early in fact, I hadn’t given female version of Cali a name.

    2. None of the characters had a last name until after the third book’s first draft was completed. It was while I was editing the first book for the first time that I noticed it looked awkward without.

    3. Isa, a supporting character, was never intended to be as present as he is in the first book (and as he will be in the second and third). He was supposed to be in the background, but when I introduced him for the first time in a scene with Cali, I had so much fun writing him, I couldn’t stop bringing him back afterwards to torment the protagonists.

    4. I drew the map of zinc four times before I was finally satisfied with the shape of the country. Because I redrew the map so many times, I had to re-write the opening chapter of Altors many, many times as well.

    5. Zinc’s editor is very territorial of the character Delph and has a deep seeded hatred for the character Ivy. It’s hilarious.

    6. Originally Solenum’s nickname was going to be So instead of Sol.

    7. (SPOILER for those who didn’t read the book) I didn’t know Calycanthus and Solenum would be part Seer until I re-wrote the ending and turned the story into a trilogy. Originally Calycanthus had blue streaks in his hair, hinting to the fact that he may be part Regius.

    8. I had Delph and Solenum be intimate with each other because I didn’t want to have two protagonist virgins.

    9. Datura, in the first draft, was the opposite of humble. He was quite arrogant and cocky. It did not fit with his nature and special talents, so I re-worked his character quite a bit until I was happy with him. It also helped with his and Calycanthus’ relationship and with that, the plot that circles around Cali became easier to develop as well. Datura’s speech pattern and body language changed so much from the first draft, all his dialogue was completely re-written until it took shape the way it is presented in the published copy.

    10. I didn’t know for sure if I wanted Cali to be gay until shortly before the character figures it out in the book himself. I was jumping back and forth and actually leaning more towards him being straight and not even having a love interest at all. That was until I tested out a scene between him and Datura, even if he had been straight, Datura would have been very important to Calycanthus as a character. The chemistry between them was so interesting, I decided to just go with it.

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        Genre – Fantasy / Young Adult

        Rating – PG

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