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I have very kindly been tagged by my fellow Kristell Inkie, accomplished author, blogger and artist Sophie E Tallis ( http://sophieetallis.wordpress.com )to participate in this blog hop. It’s meant to be outlining my current WIP, but as my current WIP is only 7000 words long (so far), I’m going to talk about the previous WIP instead, which would be The Summer Goddess.

What makes this blog hop so special and different from all the other thousands out there is that it gives YOU an enticing first glimpse into an author’s future work, long before it hits the bookshelves, or in this case before it even hits the publishers. I’m hoping it will give you some insight into the process, as well as being an enjoyable poke around the insides of my head…

Seven questions about my current WIP, before I nominate others and pass on the metaphorical torch.

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Our heroine is Asta, of the Beehive Tribe. She has appeared in a previous book, but she gets her own story here.


2. When and where is the story set?

Tower by the sea 1The story is set on and around the Eastern Sea – on the rugged eastern coast of Atrath, on the Scattering, an archipelago to the north-east of the tribal lands, and in the humid empire that lies to the south. It’s geographically quite wide-ranging! It’s set approximately 25-30 years after the events in The Art of Forgetting : Nomad, but it’s not a direct sequel, it’s a stand-alone novel.


3. What should we know about him/her?

Asta has reluctantly assumed the leadership of her tribe after her younger brother Finn has turned it down. She is struggling with the weight of expectation, especially following on from her father, who was an inspirational leader and a legend amongst his people. She is a passionate defender of her family, despite the fact that her relationship with them isn’t always easy, and she’s prepared to go to great lengths for the people she loves.


4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Spoilers! But not really because the thing that messes up her life happens in the first chapter. Still, if you really want to know NOTHING about a book before you start reading Viking Ship stormit… why are you reading this?

Asta’s life is thrown into chaos when raiders from the Scattering attack the Beehive Village, killing her brother and kidnapping women and children from the village, including her brother’s wife and his six-year-old son, Rhodan. Asta’s search for Rhodan takes her to the Scattering and far beyond, where she finds his captors have another destiny in mind for her, and her only uncertain ally is her brother’s restless spirit.


5. What is the personal goal of the character?

She wants her nephew back, at first, before she realises that she has the power within her to help lift the dark shadow that hangs across the eastern ocean and break the power of a bloodthirsty cult and their insane, imprisoned god.

That ambitious enough for you?


6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title is The Summer Goddess, and you can read more about it on this blog right here!


7. When can we expect the book to be published?

All being well, fingers crossed, dependent on many things, possibly Spring 2016. If you’re lucky 🙂


Now to find some creative types / victims to tag….

Bristol blogger, short story writer, novelist, review and wearer of many hats Pete Sutton : http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Piotr Swietlik – affectionately known to Bristol SF-dom as “Polish Pete”, whose short story “Flight of Daedalus” appeared in Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion : http://piotrkswietlik.wordpress.com/

And finally my Kristell Ink colleague Kate Coe, who blogs here : http://www.writingandcoe.co.uk/

Have fun!