Paying It Forward

One of my CPs, Loni Townsend, tagged me in the Pay It Forward Bloghop. Now I’ve seen this doing the rounds and love these things, so of course I said yes. I’m not yet certain who I’ll tag and that’s been holding me back from posting this, but let us continue anyway…

What WiP shall I talk about? Oh dear … that’s a puzzler, isn’t it? There are so many and I really do go on and on about a select few, don’t I?
But let’s talk about the second book in the Dark One Trilogy, okay? It’s the one I keep telling myself I’m meant to be writing as opposed to haphazardly editing book four of a different series…

What am I working on?
Dark One’s Bride picks up about five months after Dark One’s Mistress with Clara still the sole PoV. It follows her from her arrival at Endlight and carries on through the week leading up to her wedding. In between, she deals with her doubts of becoming the first Great Lady in centuries, on top of being thrust before the court, an assassination attempt and…
Heh, almost revealed the ending. Nope. Not yet.

The blurb goes a little something like this (forgive the badness):

It’s been five months since Clarabelle Weaver agreed to marry the infamous Dark Lord. Now, after spending her time in the mighty citadel with only the soulless men for company, she has at last arrived at Endlight where all of the kingdom’s nobility have turned up to be part of this historic occasion.

Thrown into the unfamiliar world beyond her village and the quiet citadel, she finds that the man who would become her husband still harbours secrets. And those parts of his past he had no intention of revealing to her are looking to haunt them.

When one of the noblewomen goes into labour, it grants Clara an insight to her future and she finds herself questioning whether she’s at all prepared for motherhood. She has only a short time to come to turns with this newfound anxiety, for if she decides she cannot give Lucias the heir he needs, it will mean giving up the man she has come to love.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm. I’ve never been able to answer this question. But that was due to there being too much of a muddle and not knowing enough of the current titles to say “this is why it’s different”.
But in all honesty, I wrote Dark One’s Mistress with the intention of sticking to some of the major tropes in the romance genre. It may sound defeatist to say “it doesn’t differ”, but that’s kind of how I feel (the doesn’t differ part, not the defeatist bit). To my eyes, it conforms rather than sticks out (well … maybe not the soul-stealing guy actually being the good one) and I doubt its sequels will veer much off that path.
Why do I write what I write?
With this one? I have no idea why it keeps going. The first novel was done on a whim. The idea of writing a story where the evil sorcerous lord was the lesser of the two evils intrigued me. So did looking at the world solely through Clara’s eyes. At the time, I’d only attempted a shorter work (what is now Golden Dawn), with a prologue and epilogue by other characters. I didn’t think I could do it then…
Maybe I really want to know if I can weigh a whole trilogy on her shoulders.
How does my writing process work?
Ugh. It’s so sporadic right now.

I’ve tried to work chronologically, but more often than not, I’ll have bits (sometimes whole chapters) that I write towards. In fact, of the 19 chapters I’ve plotted, the ones at the latter end are completely filled out (definitely the wedding scene and the last chapter). It probably helps that I am essentially rewriting to stretch the original timeline and just adding earlier chapters rather than the whole story.

3 thoughts on “Paying It Forward

  1. Looking at it critically … I'm about two thirds of the way through the draft (minus the missing chapter that will be her turning point). But I'm rewriting, so … in those terms, I've a long way to go.

    In all honesty, I've no idea if Astraea Press will take it. I guess you can say they have first right of refusal. It all depends on how they view the intimate scenes.


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