Finding the Voice and Mood

Life has been crazy lately. Between loads of work to do, unavoidable tragedies taking place, and just a general awful feeling in the world, diving into this book has been an excellent escape for me. Though escape isn’t quite the right word because Dahlia’s story is quite grim. Her problems are ones I can control and solve though. Or, you know, ones she can solve.

Speaking of, Dahlia is quickly fleshing out to become the survivor, lover, diplomat, sister, daughter, prisoner, and rebel that I always hoped she would be. Her voice has been easier to find than many protagonists I’ve written before. I think this story and the environment of Carra really taps into the mood of the world lately, for better or worse.

Project: The Seeking

Each Seeking, the magic that protects the town 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: 6,906

New Words Written:
9/22 – 1,213

Progress:
The tension rises as the day comes to a close. Dahlia rescues someone she doesn’t expect. The smell of apple pie is everywhere. And finally, the dinner table is ready.

Next Up:
The High Family, an important discussion, and hope for the future.

Commentary:
The story took a turn I didn’t expect it to, and I let it lead me wherever it wanted. I got inspiration on what could happen with a particular person and ran with it. I had more fun describing High House than I expected too. Carra seems so peaceful at first glance. I also had to start writing down family trees because this is a small town and family relationships can be complex. I’ll probably plan to include them as an appendix.

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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!

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

 

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

Freaking gorgeous

I’m so excited guys. This cover is freaking gorgeous. I just finished confirming the maps that’ll be included as well. I know it’s still 8 months out before this gets officially released, but there’s no stopping the hype train now.

Here take a look so you can get pumped too!

 

Did I mention there’s a giveaway going on too?? I know, the good news just keeps on coming!

Enter to win an advanced reader copy of this very novella! You can also get a $5 Amazon gift card too, but that’s not as cool as getting to read about werewolves, a mad scientist, and a strong female protagonist, is it? 😉

Here’s the link to the raffle, you can enter via Facebook or with just your email.

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1245/

 

The Huntress Becomes the Hunted

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.