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”.
What genre is Dark Hart?
Dark Hart’s genre is 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 canabalised 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 investigato, 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.
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.
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.
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 Adult, though I’m sure it may appeal to people who enjoy NA. My demographic will most likely be women.
I hate trying to pin down ages so I’ll just have to stick with the above for now for what target I’m aiming for.
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
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 or 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.
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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.