I started writing a short story which I called Beauty is Only Skin Deep, and it was supposed to be about two sisters: one ugly and one beautiful and how people treated them. One of the sisters was adopted (the beautiful one) and the other sister was the birth daughter (the ugly one). Through the course of the novel, the two sisters would understand each other better.
I wrote character outlines, and I had a lot of brothers in the Little family (the main family). There were seven brothers and one sister: Sage, Dillon, Fergus, Garrik, Hadrien, Viktor Jr, Jerrika and Darcel Little. Their adopted sister was named Rayna.
The Quint family had five kids: Jena, Vincent, Nuri, Faryn, and Delisa.
And then Rayna had A LOT of suitors.
As I look back through my old drafts, it's quite humorous because of how many people there were and how little depth and description the characters had, even the main ones. I kept the Quint family the same amount, only changed several of the names, and I cut out three of the Little sons in my later drafts.
After I decided to make Beauty is Only Skin Deep a novel and include it in my Prophecy series, I rewrote the book and my character sheets. Beauty is Only Skin Deep became the first book in which I really used my new character developing software throughout the whole writing process. I use Persona, and I strongly recommend it to other writers!
I decided to change the title of the book, but I couldn't think of anything I liked. However, at about 12:30 AM the name "Child of Beauty" came to me as I was trying to sleep. All of a sudden, I was wide awake, rushing to my computer, and changing all of the names of the books in the Prophecy series to "Child of --" It was such an incredible moment, and I LOVE the new title.
Child of Beauty is the story of two sisters, one adopted, the other birth. Jerrika Little is plain, but every treats her as if she's hideous. Raised in Perso's Creek, a country where King Navion Perso rules his subjects unjustly, she is the daughter of a high noble and sent to Krijar Castle to train to be a Soldata, an elite female warrior. She and her beautiful, adopted sister, Rayna, find themselves in a school where they continue to distrust and hate another. Rayna's surrounded by her high noble friends and the prince who loves her, and Jerrika's only friend is a noble-born trainee. What could possibly bring these girls together? And what is it that these two girls have in common which will change the destiny of Perso's Creek forever?