I can't believe an entire month has already passed since my last post about Run In The Blood!
Over the next month I'll be editing this novel, working on the first draft of another as well as a couple anthology pieces, and... turning 30! Truly terrifying stuff.
One of things I've found the most difficult when telling people about my upcoming novel is answering the question "What's it about?" I want to make sure I don't leave out anything exciting, but I also don't want to explain the whole plot...
Luckily, the other day it hit me that this is probably the best way to sum it up:
Run In The Blood is a fantasy novel. It has cutthroat pirates, and powerful magic. It has scaled beasts and corrupt monarchs. It has tons of all the fun fantasy stuff that I loved reading about as a kid, as well as a romance that I wish I'd been able to read as a kid.
But, at it's heart, Run In The Blood is really just a story about the moment you realise that your parents/guardians are just people, like everyone else.
The three main characters all have very different relationships with their parents. One doesn't even remember hers. Regardless, their lives are all affected by the decisions that their guardians have made, for better or worse.
That's all for now! Looking forward to sharing more in next month's update.
I leave you with this picture of my cat, Dutch, who has yet to figure out that I'm a people.
There are just four months to go until Run In The Blood comes out on December 25th!
While there's still lots to be done, I'm so excited that the story has found a home at NineStar Press, and I can't wait for it to be out in the world.
I want to share a little something as I count down to the release, so I thought I'd start with some pictures of the setting that I've been using for inspiration as I write. The island nation where the story is set is mostly mountains and tundra, with river valleys in-between. There are abandoned underground cities honeycombed beneath the surface, and a massive capital city built onto one of the peaks.
I can't wait for other people to visit it! (Y'know, metaphorically)
That's all for now, but I'll keep updating as the book gets closer to existence. :D
Photo credit - L to R