Let Me Introduce You To My WIP: Dark Hart

Okay, so I’m not the most comfortable talking about my writing projects.  Now, for someone who wants to be published eventually, that needs to change.  Or, I at least need to just get over it and be uncomfortable.

With that in mind, I decided to create a Round Robin game.  How it works, is I introduce you to one of my WIPs.

I then nominate another writer to introduce their WIP and then they nominate the next person.

Let’s get to it…. I want to introduce you to my WIP “Dark Hart”.

Book Aesthetic for Dark Hart by Ari Meghlen. Novel Aesthetic for Dark Hart by Ari Meghlen. Dark Hart, a preternatural urban fantasy.


What Genre is Dark Hart?

Dark Hart’s genre is a Preternatural Urban Fantasy.

For those who don’t know, preternatural means outside the normal and is often used when describing stories featuring “monsters”.  My book features a collection of creatures including vampires, gargoyles, goblins, shifters, witches etc.

Urban because it’s set in modern day and fantasy because, well, that’s pretty obvious :).

How Did You Come Up With The Idea?

The series came to life back when I was 18.  So, a lot of years ago.  I have actually written so many scenes and plots for this series, I have around 9 book plots.

However, book 1 never felt right and after a long hiatus from this series, I returned to book 1 in 2017 and tore it apart.  I cannibalised some pieces I liked and then re-wrote it.

It’s not easy to go back to characters you’ve lived with for a LONG time and how you’ve seen them develop, only to go back to their origins and start again.

I’m not exactly sure where the original idea came from.  I had written another story that became the prequel to this series.  I liked one of the characters and then pulled him forward into the new series.

Back when I was 18, preternatural fiction, especially ones with vampires and shifters, was not as big a trend as it has been in the last few years.

Who Is The MC of Dark Hart?

The Main Character in Dark Hart is Trinity Hart.  She’s a former private investigator, among other things.

Suffering from PTSD she is practically a shut-in and has only one real connection to the outside world, her friend Kyla.

The second main character of Dark Hart, is Tane who is advisor to the Bai Ro Vampire Court.

What POV Is Dark Hart Written In?

I write in third person unlimited omniscience, as I prefer to tell the story through the eyes of different characters.

I can rarely limit myself to just one or two points of view.  Both Trinity and Tane get POVs in this story.

What Is The Current Status of Dark Hart?

Dark Hart has been through 2 edits by me, and is part way through an edit by my Alpha Reader.  Once he has completed it, I will need to do a 3rd edit as I make those changes.  There are some issues I’m away of that need to be fixed.

The manuscript is currently standing at 107,046 words.

Who Is Dark Hart’s Target Audience?

My characters are mostly in their twenties and above.  So, my target audience is mostly people who enjoy reading Adult, though I’m sure it may appeal to people who enjoy NA.  My demographic will most likely be women in their early twenties to late thirties.

I hate trying to pin down ages but this is the best I can do.

Share The Blurb of Dark Hart

Okay – this is probably not going to be the official blurb, but it’s what I’m using at the time as it took forever to write.  I am not good at writing blurbs.

All Trinity Hart wants is be left alone.

Covered in scars she has no memory of receiving, the ex-private investigator lives with the unnerving emptiness of a past she can’t remember and haunted by a sense of wrong-ness.

During an ill-fated trip to feed an addiction, she gets caught up in the politics of the city’s Preternatural denizens following the unthinkable – the murder of their strongest.

Share a Small Piece of Your WIP

Gun and magazine

He made to touch her arm but thought better of it.  “You need to trust me.”

At the words, her gaze hardened and a sudden distance stretched between them, more noticeable than before. Making a quick decision, he ducked back into the car and appeared moments later.

“Would this make you feel better?” he asked, holding out her gun.

Trinity’s eyes widened. “You’re giving me my gun back?”


When her gaze met his once more, Tane threw her a small smile.  “Just don’t shoot me.”

She studied him curiously for a long moment then took it from him.  He waited a second or two, just in case she decided shooting him was the better option.

When she didn’t, Tane collected the torch from the trunk and locked the car, while the woman checked the gun’s magazine, chambered a round before slipping the weapon into the back of her jeans.

How Will Dark Hart Be Published?

I’ve been researching a lot regarding publishing, and I will most likely aim for self-publishing.  I’m not big on giving up creative control to someone else.

There are benefits and negatives to both traditionally publishing and self-publishing and to me the negatives for traditional outway their benefits.

However, when I eventually am ready to publish it, Dark Hart will be given professional treatment in regards to professional edits and a pro-designer to create the cover.

I’ve worked on this series too long to do it half-heartedly.

Want To Learn More?

If you want to learn more about Dark Hart, then sign up for my monthly newsletter as I will be share more about this manuscript there.

Also, newsletter subscribers get first refusal as beta readers for all my WIPs as well as chances to win prizes.

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Round Robin Nomination

As I mentioned at the top, this is my Round Robin Game and so I am nominating the awesome Lorraine Ambers.

Lorraine, I nominate you because I think you are a wonderful fantasy writer and someone people should be checking out.  I’ve been lucky enough to be Lorraine’s beta reader.

All you need to do is:

  • Write a post next week and answer the following questions:
    • What genre is (WIP title)?
    • How did you come up with the Idea?
    • Who is the MC of (WIP title)?
    • What POV is (WIP title) written in?
    • What is the current status of (WIP title)?
    • Who is (WIP title)’s target audience?
    • Share the blurb of (WIP title)
    • Share a small piece of your WIP
    • How will (WIP title) be published?
  • Link back to this blog post
  • Nominate another writer into the game to introduce their WIP using this “Round Robin Nomination” format.

Happy writing

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14 thoughts on “Let Me Introduce You To My WIP: Dark Hart

  1. Pingback: Let me Introduce my WIP: Mischief and Mayhem – Lorraine Ambers

  2. Thank you so much, this is such a huge compliment. Especially as you’ve always been the first set of eyes on my work. 💜💜 I wouldn’t be where I am today without your amazing critiquing.
    I love reading about Dark Hart, your writing is enchanting. I cant wait to finally return the favour and become your beta reader. 😍

  3. You had to write about this, Ari, and you did it well! Unlimited omniscience sounds exciting and the story is intriguing to me. Best of luck with it! And great idea to do this round robin :>)

    1. Aww thank you Lynne, I truly appreciate your supportive comment.

      lol yes, I wasn’t going to make it a round robin, but then I thought, maybe it would help other writers who are nervous, like me, about sharing their work but it might give them a little push 🙂

    1. Thanks so much 🙂 Yes, it took quite a lot of mental preparing just to reveal with much, which isn’t that much at all! lol But it helps me to keep pushing against those boundaries.

  4. Congratulations to your writing ‘coming out’! As someone who still struggles with admitting to being a writer and has pangs of anxiety on talking about my project (let alone the dreaded moments I asked for betas), I know it can be a hard step.
    Cheers, and have fun writing!

    1. Thanks Tomas, I appreciate your kind words. Oh yes, I know that anxiety struggle well. I sometimes feel as if I’ll be writing forever without actually showing my work to anyone sometimes.

      That’s why I keep trying to do things like this, or when I started my newsletter, it’s my way of carving small new paths just beyond my comfort zone.

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