Hey, sorry for not uploading in a really long time! School just piled on top of me! A-Levels are a lot harder than anyone lets them on to be. Seriously. Or I just took three hard courses that have an abnormal amount of work. Either way, I’m struggling a bit. But it’s fine, I will manage in the end and get the grades I need. I hope that whatever is going on in your life is not making life more difficult than it has to be. Anyway. Rant over. Onto the post. It is another beautiful books one and as I am just editing the book I wrote last year it won’t take much to answer these questions as you can pretty much just check out last years post. But something has to go up, so enjoy!
- What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? I’ve had the idea for about 3 years and I honestly cannot remember what sparked the idea, but I can remember that it started out veeeery different to what it is now. But I am glad that this is the book I have ended up with. Not the other three options it could have ended up like.
- Describe what your novel is about! This is the pinterest description:
Drama and the supernatural also crime and romance! And whilst all of this is true, it’s also so much more, but I think that ultimately it is a story about family and how we are tied to it no matter what.
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! Here is the link to my pinterest board which has recently been revamped!!
Introduce us to each of your characters! Aw man this is going to take a while. There is Celeste who is our main gal. She is ruthless, very much not straight, blonde, tall, stunning – but at the same time looks as if she would kill you without a thought and a fairly family orientated person. She is also such a babe. I think she might be the best character I have ever created. She is the only one who has stayed with this story for the last 3 years. Her sister is Astrid who is another main gal. She’s new to the story – as is everyone else. But she’s fitting in wonderfully. She joined this story a year ago along with everyone else. She is more straight than her sister, but still not very and is pretty much the spitting image of her – without the appearance of looking as if she could kill you and then not regret it. She very much would regret it, unlike her sister. She isn’t quite as dedicated to the cause as her sister, but will still do pretty much whatever it would take to be successful. She doesn’t want to fail – even if that means getting involved in a little bit of criminal activity. Morgana is the ultimate g. She is seriously the best ever and I think that she might be one of my favourite characters I have created. Ever. She’s boss-ass witch who slays. Both figuratively and literally. She owes her life to Celeste, which she is not happy about as Celeste made her sign a contract and now Morgana has to do whatever Celeste asks of her. Which could be anything. Then there is Matthew. He is loyal to Morgana in every way. He would not leave her if he was forced to. He would give up his own life for hers. He doesn’t like Celeste as she pretty much controls Morgana and for that reason he resents her so much. Basically, they’re all incredibly functioning and like one big family.
- How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?) I write down all the idea I have for an idea and then I either start planning or just writing. It all depends on how I’m feeling about the project, but my planning isn’t very rigid. It’s just a vague idea of what I want to get done. I have to have something to snack on. One summer I motivated myself to write just by saying that for every 100 words I wrote I got a raspberry. It worked incredibly well and I wrote almost an entire 40,000 word book. I like something clean to snack on because then I don’t have to pause to wipe my hands after eating. Also water and tea. Those always help. And finding the perfect music. Cause if I’m not feeling it, then no writing is going to get done.
- What are you most looking forward to about this novel? Finishing it. (and using it to help me look for an agent)
- List 3 things about your novel’s setting. Modern day, Alternative-history, London.
- What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way? Her goal is a mixture of things, but the main thing is getting rid of the person who gets in her way. Also love. That’s majorly getting in her way.
- How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? She becomes more accepting of her feelings and has forgiven herself for falling in love the first time.
- What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over? I think I want my readers to feel like they themselves have come full circle and have realised something about themselves. A bit like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
There are my answers! I hope that you have a good month of writing if you are partaking in NaNoWriMo and if you aren’t then, I hope you have a good month of writing anyway.