Hello everyone! Cait from Paper Fury is hosting Beautiful Books, a link-up in which you can share you NaNoWriMo novel with a bunch of other amazing writers! 😀 With NaNo on the way, I thought this would be super helpful and give me the opportunity to share my novel with y’all. 😉
My novel is currently titled These Stranger Tides. 🙂 It’s going to be part of a trilogy/series and I’m so excited for it! 😀
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
The idea for These Stranger Tides came about when my family watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Best. Movie. Ever.) during a family movie night. I was thinking what it would be like to be left somewhere with no clue who you were or anything else about you and poof! 😉
Describe what your novel is about!
*covers ears* Noooo! Not this question! 😛
It’s about a young girl (Arden) who is marooned on an island with no idea of who is she or what her destiny is. When a mysterious stranger who is caught up in the conflict with the outside world, Arden finds herself faced with a chance to help – and to find out the truth about her past.
*winces* There…done. 😛
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Here are some photos from my Pinterest storyboard:
Ooh, spoiler… 😉
Introduce us to each of your characters!
I’m just getting started with characters, but I’ll share my MC and protagonist, Arden. 🙂
Meet Arden, my MC and protagonist. She’s a fierce and headstrong girl around 15 who is marooned on a distant island far from any other land or humans. She is very strong, skilled in survival, and quick to learn, turning the island into a somewhat functional home. She is positive she has a family and yearns to learn who she really is. And yet, she’s terrified of learning the truth; what if she isn’t who she thinks she is?
How do you prepare to write?
I’m about 90% Planner and 10% Pantser, so I spend a lot of time planning. I write down everything I know, figure out characters, world-build, plot, then write! 😀
(I’ll be doing an upcoming post about my game plan.)
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
ALL OF IT! 😄
Ahem. But seriously, I’m excited for just about all of it. I feel really confident planning wise since for Camp NaNoWriMo I didn’t plan enough and I’m excited to get started. I’m especially excited for the end because there’s a major cliffhanger (These Stranger Tides is part of a series).
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
#1: Arden’s Island (The Realm of the Outcast)
#2: The Realm of the Republic
#3: The Villain’s Lair (not sure where this is quite yet)
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Arden’s primary goal is to survive and cope with living alone on the island. Memories and instincts stir inside her and she finds herself longing to discover who she really is and why she is on the island.
Her other goal is to find out who she is.She is lonely and feels abandoned, the only thing keeping her from breaking down being the fact that she believes that her family is coming for her. She refuses to believe any different yet faces the tough reality that they may not come back after all – that she may have no family in the first place and that she may be a dangerous criminal.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Arden becomes braver and stronger and is ready to face the truth about her past.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
At the end of the first book I want the readers to yearn for more. I also want them to feel for Arden and desperately hope that she’s not someone dangerous or deadly. As for the end of the trilogy, I’m not so sure…
Well, there you have it! 😀 I’ll definitely be sharing some blurbs and more information as November approaches. (Eek! )
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
What’s your novel about?
Do you read my secret notes? Comment below! 😀