My writing progress. A blog hop thingie

I was tagged by the Britol Con manager, grey hound owner and fantasy author, Joanne Hall, to answer some questions and tag other people. So here it is!

What am I working on?

Children of the Shadow, the third and final book in my Ellenessia’s Curse series. Just trying to get the start together so I can finish it and move on!

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?

I think it differs, or I like to think it differs, because I take things from a different angle. My Ellenessia’s Curse series is from the POV of a demon’s prophet. I don’t think we often see things from the ‘dark’ point of view very often, or deal with prophets, though we often have prophecies in fantasy. I also like to think that it’s different because my characters are human, none of them are perfect, they all have flaws and in that respect I try to have a balance. I have strong women, weak men, strong men, and weak women, no one is written to fulfill an aim, to make a point, they’re all people with back stories of their own, with their own wants, no one is just there to be evil, or to be the strong woman token, or the love interest and so on.

Why do I write what I do?

Because I like it :) I write what I like to read. A mixed bag of characters, none of this gorgeous perfect woman/hero bollocks, but a mix of people. And there’s a lot of dark stuff, mild horror maybe, character driven peril, because that’s what I like to read and watch. I don’t care for action driven stuff, where the characters are flimsy and I don’t like rape heavy/war heavy books or TV, so I don’t write it. I write character driven, mild horror, often gay, stuff, because that’s what I like. Often I draw on things in real life that I like, cats, mythology, ghosts and so on.

How does your writing progress work?

Um. I sit here and write when I can think of what I want to say! And often I hate it, remove it, put it back, rewrite it, and faff getting no where. When it flows, i just write until it’s done, go back over and tidy it, send it to friends to check, tidy it again. When it doesn’t, then I’m just frustrated and cranky. I’m cranky a lot :)

Writing Progress

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This is the cover for book 2, the Seer’s Tower. It’s on it’s second lot of edits at the moment, so slowly progressing. I have reached the 95K mark of book 3, the Children of the Shadow. It isn’t going to be as long as the others, it’s more or less at the end, except, I’m not sure how to write it! I know what has to happen, and I know how the book, and the series, will finish, but I’m not sure how I get to that point. Tying up a series is difficult. Loose ends need to be finished off, but not too soon, or there’s no book! And it can’t all be about endings, or the book will have no real drive forward. It’s also hard to think about this being the end. I’ve been living with Candale and his friends for almost a decade now and it will be hard to say goodbye and to move onto something new. But good, too, I think, to get to know some new characters in a new world, with a new problem!
While working out how to get to the end of the Children of the Shadow I have been working on a new project, a collection of short stories about faeries. Not nice, light children’s stories, but a collection, some dark, some not, but certainly more for young adults and grownups! I have always had a love of the fae and faerie mythology,all mythology, really (hence my degree in Ancient History and Classical Civilisations) And I’m enjoying the research that comes with this new project. I only have two stories so far, one that has already been published, and one I just finished that is unseen by anyone except my poor, bullied editing friends. But I plan to have around 7. It won’t be a long collection, but hopefully it will be enjoyable!
And, as you can see, I have a blog! One you can comment on, and follow, so please do! :) I’m interested in knowing who is out there!