It’s time for the Beautiful Books link up with Cait and Skye. This month I get to introduce my NaNoWriMo project. I’m going to be writing A Brigand, No Longer which is the sequel to Girl of the Rumours. I have talked about it before (see this post), but some of my ideas have changed a little and i’m going about it in a different way.
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Joane being interesting inspired this book. In particular ongoing conflict between Joane and Elind, back in an imaging of the story where Elind was young. And I may have had the idea for about two years. This time last year, I was expecting to begin writing it very soon.
Describe what your novel is about!
Joane and Aydel adjusting to their new situations. Impending war. The groom being captured just before a wedding. Mayhem. Outlaws running wild. Fathers. Sisters. Lots of spoilers.
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Wide stone streets petering off into dirt paths. Buildings in a mixture of stone, wood and plaster. Plentiful gardens. A river flowing through the town. A dirty tent town for refugees. a tangled forest stretching down from the mountains.
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Joane: Fierce, tomboy, man-hater, intimidating leader, protective, despiser of chiefs, lonely, proud, illiterate.
Aydel: Broken, freedom-lover, comforter, shunned, healer, best sister ever, regretful.
Wil: Noble, cautious, protective, can’t say what he wants, haunted, self-sacrificing, trustworthy.
Ireen: Power-hungry, not a compelling leader, terrifying, clever, perpetual rebel, hurt.
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I’ve done a bit of outlining. Still more to do. And I’ve stocked up on chocolate that is to be doled out at mile stones.
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Figuring it out. I have some plans, but I’m really just looking forward to seeing where it goes and what new characters pop up.
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
- A lot of the book is in a city.
- The city is more open than crowded, and is generally cheerful.
- Bright, strong colours are the fashion.
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Joane wants to make the world calm down, but she’s removed herself from her old place of authority and is hopeless in the new situation. Aydel wants her sister happily married, but Arthen has been taken in a raid and Aydel is prohibited from leaving the city.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Joane will be less jaded and suspicious. More graceful and capable. Aydel will have found hope again.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
Right now, I feel that a major theme is new beginnings. Submission and trust will come into play as well. I want people to come away feeling lightened and cheered.