Due to school taking over my life and leaving room for virtually nothing else, also because I am late on getting a post up (sorry), I figured I would do something quick and easy that also lets you understand why there is a random bar thing on my blog. So I introduce to you the Beautiful Books Tag! I was introduced to it by Paper Fury – who you should totally check out btw, truly one of the greatest bloggers out there – so I thought I might as well take a whirl at it!
Here are the questions (also the answers directly after them for ease):
- What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? I have had the idea for this book since about July last year, I was thinking about how cool it would be to have a crime gang set in Rome run by a sixteen year old who totally kicks ass. Once I sat down to write it I ended up writing about a super distant 400 year old vampire bitch instead. It’s all cool though, in this version she’s not as much of a bitch and younger than 400 so it’s closer to the original idea! (yes this is a re-write, it’s my 3rd time through *sigh*)
- Describe what your novel is about! This book is about a pair of sisters who are fighting to stay on top and not be taken out by people who are sick of seeing them on top. Along the way the main character – Celeste – finds love even though she believes that those in love are weakened by that love.
- What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! I am gonna link you to the pinterest board that was created for this, The Feather Queen Pinterest Board, just click on the link and you are good to go!
- Introduce us to each of your characters! We have Celeste who is our main gal, she’s determined and will d whatever it takes to protect her lifestyle and those she loves. Some would describe her as a bitch, but she is a successful bitch so it’s all okay to her. Next we have Astrid, who is Celeste’s younger sister. She is in love with Jacques and very down to earth and with the modern lifestyle, also she is way more laid back than her sister although she does struggle with anxiety. As mentioned just now there is Jacques who Celeste doesn’t like all that much, but he makes Astrid happy so she puts up with him. He is able to tell the future and loves the outdoors and gardening, although he is scared of being out in the woods at night and he is kinda a tiny little bit scared of the dark and of spiders. Clarise is somehow way more of a bitch than Celeste, and is willing to take down those she loves to get what she wants. She has a fear of failure and breaking promises. Morgana and Matthew are the local witches who have been together forever and appear to never fight. Morgana is the more powerful of the two, Matthew knows this and will do anything to help her become the best she can be. He actually hates the outdoors and would much rather spend all his time gaming or sleeping. Morgana however absolutely loves the outdoors, especially anywhere with water. Matthew puts up with his hatred with it for her, as he knows that when he needs to stay indoors she is more than happy to sit right beside him and read as he games. She loves reading and will read anything insight, but she prefers doing the more practical side of magic and making mistakes instead of learning how to not make them from the books. She would rather make them and learn how to not make them than never had made them in the first place.
- How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?) I prepare by panicking and then sitting my but down and writing. It’s mostly worked before. Raspberries and the idea that I am being productive yet also procrastinating – productive procrastination if you will – at the same time helps. I also like to get to know my characters so that I know I can trust them to help me find their and my way.
- What are you most looking forward to about this novel? I am looking forward to finally finishing at least one draft of it. Also to finding out what happens to them. I already know of one death…
- List 3 things about your novel’s setting. There’s a city, some black markets and a giant wood.
- What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way? My character’s goal is to end the usurpers that have been trying to usurp her and her sister for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately someone close to her and her heart are in her way. Sad times all round sadly. I can tell you right now that the ending is devastating, I may have already written it… #noregrets
- How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? She learns that love doesn’t make you weak and that whilst that may be, your heart doesn’t always know which way is right (although she may have already known that, but sssh)
- What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over? I think that my themes are love, loss and learning to believe and trust others who aren’t your family. I think that I want my readers to feel devastated yet hopeful by the end. But isn’t that what every writer wants their readers to feel?
I hope that this gives you insight, of course if you want to know anything else then just ask, but I’m not gonna promise to tell you anything!