Hello my beauties, it’s me again. And I am finally joining in the Beautiful Books Linkup, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up And Further In! (tip: click on the picture to go to Cait’s beautiful books post!) This is my first linkup, so I am really excited to show you all what I’ve been working on, and basically flail and panic and have a meltdown about NaNo. No big deal. (FOR THE NEWBIES: NaNoWriMo is a super awesome challenge that writers ALL AROUND THE WORLD participate in to write 50k words in 30 days, AKA in the month of November. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. CHECK IT OUT!)
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For those of you who don’t know, last year was my FIRST year doing #NaNoWriMo, and I obviously did the logical thing and worked my behind off and got that baby self published. YAAZZZZ. You can check that one out here! And believe it or not, people have actually bough it. DON’T ASK ME HOW IT HAPPENED. I’m basically still braindead from the entire thing but #whocares. It’s about a princess who gets her memories stolen, meets dragons, and finds out she has hella powerful magic. It’s a young YA and very cool if I do say so myself.
First of all, in case you had not yet noticed, I love FANTASY. They don’t call me the Queen of it for nothing. So, logically, I will be writing a… wait for it… FANTASY NOVEL. Even better, I will be writing another fairy tale retelling (my NaNo warmup novel was a dark fantasy gender reversed retelling of Sleeping Beauty so I’m still on fire from that). My novel will be (queue drumroll…)
No Such Thing as Never
In case you can’t guess from the placeholder cover, the novel is a Peter Pan retelling. And I plan on making it deliciously dark and gruesome and stabby and violent. All the beautiful things about books, you know.
And now for the questions from Beautiful books! Brace yerselves (SEE WHAT I DID THERE????? EH? EH?)!
1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Well I’m glad you asked. I have been literally obsessed with all things fairy tales since as long as I can remember. If there was a fairy tale retelling I knew about, I got my hands on it. I watch every. Single. Fairy tale retelling. Literally. I even watched all of the barbie movies because FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS. This particular idea I haven’t had for that long. BUT I did notice that there is a lack of good Peter Pan retellings that manage to be acceptably dark, so I thought I would take matters into my own hands.
2. Describe what your novel is about!
Like I said, it is a Peter Pan retelling, which means it will involve London at night, flying, pirate ships, magical islands, guns, knives, swords, killing, kidnapping, fairies, AND MORE help I am already dying of excitement! I tried the light happy kind of fantasy, and while it was nice, I REALLY LOVED writing Feathers Black (my Sleeping Beauty retelling) and so I need more, stat!
3. What is your book’s aesthetic?
Here I am going to steal Cait’s idea and just direct you to my Pintest board for No Such Thing As Never. ENJOY.
4. Introduce us to your characters!
Don’t mind if I do!
- Peter: Peter Pan is the lost boy. But he’s not as lost as everyone thinks. He has years of history with hook, the origins of which no one really knows. Because of their dark history, they are always fighting and there is so much darkness in them that one will not stop until the other is dead.
- Wendy: A pretty girl, just on the verge of becoming a woman, who loves her brothers and has a knack for telling stories. Also happens to be a great sword fighter and has amazing aim with a slingshot, and later all sorts of guns. She is sassy and kind at the same time, and super loveable obvi.
- Hook: Hook is a tortured soul. He has made many mistakes in his long life, almost all of which he regrets, and the result has led him to become a bitter man, doomed to be an adult for ever. He can’t bring himself to leave Neverland – he is too afraid of death for that. But his feud with Peter brings his death closer every day.
5. How do you prepare to write?
- Chocolate is, obviously, a given. Always. That’s how I prepare to breathe basically.
- Also an outline. I do a chapter by chapter outline usually by hand, and when I have plot ideas I scratch them on the side of the outline. It’s a bit messy but let’s face it: the outline is probably going to end up in the garbage halfway through anyways.
- I try as much as I can to be open to new ideas, because that’s how awesome plot twists arrive!
6. What are you looking forward to about this novel?
What am I excited about? WHAT KIND OF A QUESTION IS THAT? This is a story about NEVERLAND AND PETER PAN FOR PETE’S SAKE (pun intended). Here is a brief listing of ALL THE THINGS I am excited about: Learning pirate speak and being on ships in my mind. Also mermaids and pirates in general, oh and fairies. BASICALLY EVERTHING ABOUT HIS BOOK GAH.
7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
- There is London at night with people party going and dresses and pretty things. Also Big Ben. Can’t forget Big Ben!
- Pirate ships and the mysterious island of Neverland! Need I say more?
- Well, there is one more thing. Or two? (I’M CHEATING HERE I KNOW) There are obviously also enchanted forests filled with fairies and an ocean full of devious mermaids.
8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Peter’s goals: Kill Hook, be ruthless, keep Wendy in Neverland forever.
Wendy’s goals: have an adventure, return home to family safe and sound
Hook’s goals: Would be happy with either killing Peter or making good and erasing their grudge. Or going back in time to undo his mistakes
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
This question is a LITTLE hard, because I don’t really want Peter to have changed that much. Wendy will change a lot, and Hook will sort of, but I don’t want to give too much away!
10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
- Sword fights
- Pirate ships
- Mix between that’s awesome and maybe a little sad or disappointed, but certainly surprised!
P.S.: For those of you who were wondering: The Title Image is 100% SARCASTIC. There will be NO RELAXING. But plenty of tea. So maybe 99% sarcastic.
What are your #NaNoWriMo projects!??? Is this your first time? Tell me all!