Thanks to Cait @ Paper Fury for this month’s edition of Beautiful Books! I’d like to let you guys in on my Nano Wrimo project and hope you’ll join in with yours! You can find the questions and link up over on Cait’s blog.
1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I was reading a book last year with the “knight who falls for the queen” plot. I started wondering how that would play out if it were gender bent and I’ve always wanted to write about dragons, so…viola!
2. Describe what your novel is about!
A young knight and her sister’s intended husband who find themselves in a forbidden romance. Meanwhile, an exiled dragon shifter must destroy them both if he is to spare his unborn child.
3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
The three perspectives in the book are:
Melora—shieldmaiden and captain of a battalion of knights.
Blythe—young dragon shifter who has recently come of age.
Zoran—traitorous dragon shifter who betrayed his people to save his daughter.
5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Eh. Mostly I just grab myself some tea, hunker down with my laptop, and tell myself no food until I meet my quotas. I have to be rough with myself!
6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Blythe and Melora’s relationship! It is a romance after all, and I really like writing the female lead as the jaded one and the male lead as the innocent ray of sunshine. <3 Zoran and his storyline have also been incredibly interesting for me.
7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
1. Mountain forests
2. Violent religious factions
3. DRAGONS AND WARRIOR PRIESTESSES
8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Blythe and Melora have had the terrible bad judgment to fall in love and want to be together. A marriage contract, looming war, draconic magic, and religious faction stand in their way—some want them apart, some want them dead. Zoran is trying to protect his unborn daughter, but the limits of his powers and the superstitions of his lover’s people prove harsh antagonists.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Blythe and Melora are central to the story and it’s really about them learning about love. Blythe is discovering it for the first time and Melora is learning to accept it again after her husband’s suicide. They both learn about pain and loss, too, and become better for it. Zoran has to learn about hard choices and what it means to sacrifice, but most of all, what things are worth the sacrifice.
10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
The nature of love and the complexity of it. Not just the experience, but how other people’s loves can interact and conflict with ours. Melora and Blythe love one another and that is threatened (unbeknownst to them) in part because of Zoran’s love for his child.
All in all, I want my readers to be reflective and sympathetic. Besides giving them what I hope is a good story, I would like to have them question the motives of people around them. Sometimes your enemies aren’t out to hurt you, they’re just protecting someone else.
Did you enjoy this edition of Beautiful Books? What do you think of my WIP’s themes? You can join in over on Cait’s blog and check out all the other awesome featured stories!