About my novel-in-progress

Scale model of Peveril/Peak Castle in Derbyshire, England, where some of my novel's action takes place.

Scale model of Peveril/Peak Castle in Derbyshire, England, where some of my novel’s action takes place.

OVERVIEW:

My novel is a three-volume historical fiction set in Medieval England (the 13th century).

(Because it is, indeed, still “in-progress”, and because I’m superstitious, at least in part, I’m not ready to share the title yet, even though I’m fairly certain I won’t change it.)

THE PLOT:

In 13th century England, a lowly but skillful lady escapes her abusive father by using her shrewd administrative and political expertise to help a baron battle his greatest enemy, and resorts to treachery and sin to ensure the coming war’s outcome will result in the life – and love – that she wants.

(More information found here and here and here.)

SUB-GENRES:

Political, magic realism; not a capital-R Romance novel, although it does contain some romantic elements

PROGRESS:

The first draft of all three books is complete.  I’m currently revising the first book in preparation for future submission.

EXCERPT:

Forthcoming

VISUAL INSPIRATION:

The Hostage, by Edmund Leighton (1852-1922).  Not the eponymous subject of the painting itself, but rather the woman in the background with her head covered; the one staring directly at the viewer.

12 thoughts on “About my novel-in-progress

  1. I love the sound of this. I have a fantasy project that also incorporates political and romance elements, and it’s pretty close to the same time period, but set in an entirely constructed world.

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    • I started off in a constructed fantasy world as well but ultimately switched when I realized, 10 reference on medieval England in, my story was about to become the most historically faithful “fantasy” novel ever! 🙄

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  2. I’m smiling at your scale model. I’d love to hold in my hands the location of my work-in-progress. I have maps and photos. Maybe I will see what some clay will do…

    You write that you are superstitious, yet your novel is set in the 13th century. I’m laughing kindly.

    I like this format for describing your novel, and how you used it. “the incompatible tasks of putting him on his throne and obtaining some measure of freedom for herself require equally cunning strategies.” grabs my attention and whets my appetite.

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    • That model exists at the site of what remains of the actual castle, and was a brilliant find, as I’ve actually zoomed in on the picture and used it as a sort of blueprint for describing key events that occur at the castle in my story.

      Yes, I can be superstitious, so to me it seems only proper I write about a society and people that were as well. I can delve into that mindset easily, I think. I’m glad that your appetite is whetted! 🙂

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  3. I made the opposite choice – the novel’s current draft goes up on my blog, a new scene every Tuesday. It is truly scary sometimes. Readers have been kind.

    As I approach the end of Book 1, a slew of questions descends, with the most important one being, ‘but the story isn’t finished!’ It has been the object of much recent worry how to finish Book 1 – and still move into the next Book. I didn’t think enough about that when I started serializing.

    Fortunately, I’m ahead of readers (by a bit), and I know exactly where we’re going (though the how keeps surprising me), so I figure I may just have to start serializing Book 2 as soon as 1 is finished.

    And it’s gotten so long! When I’m finished, Gone With the Wind and Pride’s Children will be about the same length. I never even thought about that at the beginning. I keep asking people to tell me where it’s flabby, so I can cut – and getting NO help.

    Good luck on your project – and remember many serialized first books serve as introductions to the whole set – if people like your writing, they can move on to the rest; if they don’t, they’ve invested nothing but a bit of time. Works for readers and writers – because the writers don’t then have unhappy customers leaving bad reviews.

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    • I know alll about stories that end up longer than one’s original expectations. My “two” books (originally it was only supposed to be one) has since grown into three, which is the book I’m currently working on. It is so much that the tale grew in the telling, for I outlined all the major plot points including the ending beforehand; I just had no concept of how many words would took to expand that outlined point into an actual scene. I’m still not sure I do.

      Thankfully, this third book WILL be the last one, and I truly am closing in on the end this. If I were to serialize my novel, I’d definitely want to have it completed beforehand. I wouldn’t do well at all with the pressure of trying to stay ahead of readers.

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