Love in Dark Places

It’s been a busy few days, and my wordcount really shows it. It’s been tough to concentrate on writing with so many things going on in the world lately. However last night I forced myself to be positive and to dive into writing this morning. Thankfully I think it paid off!

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the city of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the High Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.

When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.

THE SEEKING is a YA dark fantasy novel

Current Word Count: 5,693

New Words Written:
9/13 – 704
9/18 – 241
9/21 – 1,446

Progress:
A frightening introduction to the Gray People, disturbed dreams, and a bit of backstory for Bisa. Really dug into their relationship more and provided a counter to the very dark tone this book will soon be taking. Dahlia made plans, but time will tell how good those plans are.

Next Up:
Moving through a raucous crowd and meeting for a final family dinner before the Seeking begins. Of course there will be family drama.

Commentary:
It was tough to get the motivation to really jump into this story for the past few days, but once I got into the world again, the words just flew. This book also has more romance than I’ve usually included in a novel and I hope I’m doing this adorable couple justice. Next will be working on more buildup before the Seeking finally begins and Dahlia’s plans get put to the test!

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Writing During Irma

Tropical storm Irma came through Georgia pretty hard today, and since I live south of Atlanta, we took the brunt of it this morning. That said, people are still reporting tons of trees down, power outages, and one tractor trailer that got lifted up from a wind gust in Atlanta today. Once the storm died down some, I sat down with some tea, a kitty or two, and my laptop and dove into a new YA horror novel I’m working on.

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the city of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the High Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.

When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.

THE SEEKING is a YA dark fantasy novel

Current Word Count: 3,302

New Words Written: 769

Progress:
Finished up a vicious intimidation tactic, fleshed out some history, and had to deal with pig blood. On the side I’m working on finishing character profiles, setting profiles, and working out the full backstory for the world. The setting is falling into place and I’m enjoying how this is going so far!

Next Up:
Reuniting with a loved one followed by creepy dreams.

Commentary:
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these writing progress posts, mostly because the writing progress image generator went down for weeks and I got out of the habit of it. However I noticed these posts really motivated me to continue and let people know what kind of stories were in the pipeline. I’m planning to post these far more often

 

Kanta Can Be Beautiful

The first of my maps have been revealed for The She-Wolf of Kanta (April 17, 2018) and it’s so beautiful! Radiant Crown Publishing has truly outdone themselves with the quality of these maps and I’m so excited to be able to share them with you!

Here’s just a short snippet of what it looks like. Click to see the full history and map!

The History of Kanta:

Kanta used to be a small city with big hopes and dreams. The people pushed back the wilderness and claimed the land for their own, creating a haven amid the old forest…

See the full map and history of Kanta!

 

Those Burning Questions…

Do you ever sit around and wonder what kind of mascot or spirit animal I would choose?

No? Well why on Earth not??

I’ll give you a hint: it probably isn’t the animal you’re expecting.

To find out, you’ll need to head on over to JoBookLove and check out the interview I did! I talk about my writing process, how I deal with book reviews, and the most important question of all, what I consider my spirit animal.

Interview with Marlena Frank by JoBookLove

Bird Box by Josh Malerman 


Finished: June 11, 2017

Malerman was featured on The Outer Dark podcast sometime last year, I believe. I liked what he had to say and the title and description of the book intrigued me, plus they gave it high praise on the podcast, so I added it to Goodreads. Fast forward to this summer, and Goodreads tells me it’s on sale for $2, so I just had to give it a try!

My review:

Josh Malerman’s Bird Box was one of the more terrifying horror novels I’ve read in a while. There are a number of scenes that are so suspenseful that you almost don’t want to find out what happens next. The scene in the bar was one of the more painful scenes for me. That was when I truly started admiring Malerman’s style and how intense his writing became. I binged half this book in a day because once it got rolling, it was hard to put down.

The only difficulty was the constant changes in perspective. It changes times a lot and sometimes it was difficult for me to pinpoint when a scene was happening and I had to reread sections. Overall this didn’t change how good the novel was, but it did make it slower to start. I definitely recommend it!
What I consider a 5-star book:

  1. Is it a fun read? Definitely! I actually found it hard to stop once I reached the halfway point.
  2. Would you recommend it to others? I’ve actually been dropping plot pieces to friends, describing the dystopian world and the claustrophobia of the blindness that Malerman is so good at. The premise alone sells this book, but the stellar writing is what makes me finish it.
  3. Would you re-read it? I typically don’t reread many books, but I would reread sections of this one. The writing was beautifully gruesome.
  4. Does it stick with you? Oh yes! Sometimes a bit too well. 😉

My overall rating? 5/5