It's been a while since I last talked about my Rooglewood entry, The Seven Huntresses. I'm at the editing stage now, and my story has meandered down a long, twisting road to get where it is. It's starting to look presentable, I do believe. xD Of course, my beta readers pepper the document with lots of things I failed to notice - things I can't wait to change so the story will be better.
Oh, how I appreciate my betas! Sometimes their comments are hard to take, but I tell myself, "Gosh, Lila, they're only doing exactly what you've recruited them to do!" and then I'm smiling again. You know who you are - I appreciate your feedback so much, and even if the story doesn't win, just know that you have been a great help and blessing to me. <3
Now, for Beautiful Books! I was going to do this month's set of questions, buuuuut they're kind of boring compared to last month's, so despite the link-up being closed, I'm going to do October's BB edition to let you in on more of my story. xD The questions were created by Cait and Sky - all credit to them!
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
The announcement for the final Rooglewood Press fairy tale contest was my sole inspiration for The Seven Huntresses. You won't believe how excited I got after reading about it on a couple of the blogs I'd been following, all the way back on the 1st of June. My heart was literally pounding, it was such an awesome-sounding opportunity!
I think I was doing dishes when I got the idea for my Snow White retelling. As a matter of fact, I did most of my initial brainstorming while doing the dishes. My little sisters would dry as I washed, and I'd be going on and on, spewing forth about the story until I blurted new ideas in ecstasy.
My sisters didn't say much, but they still participated in the brainstorming by hearing me out. So thank you, sisters. <3
Describe what your novel is about!
Well, I'm too lazy to try to whip up a blurb - and it wouldn't be decent anyway - but the story is about seven huntresses appointed by the king of Cilin to keep watch over the dwarves, who came to stay deep in the forest after dragons drove them from their mountain settlement.
Ayla, the POV character and one of the seven Royal Huntresses, has been terrified of the dwarves for as long as she can remember. When Ayla saves the prince of Cilin from an assassin, she realizes that he - and therefore Cilin - is in danger...
Trying to protect him for a single night under their care proves to be much more difficult than the Huntresses anticipated.
Note the format, please. This is not a blurb. If it were a blurb, it would be very, very messy, but thank goodness it's not.
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
lazy snowflakes // a whizzing arrow // sharp winter cold
manipulation // loyalty // amnesia // duplication
hollow tree // white-blond hair // inky blackness
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Well, my MC is a Huntress named Ayla, and the biggest things about her are 1) she's terrified of the dwarves, and 2) she couldn't be more loyal to the king and his heir, Casimir. She looks a lot like this:
I also have a prince named Casimir, a troubled boy with a lot on his plate. But he still takes the time to smile, and he's quick-thinking. He looks a lot like this (unfortunately, though, he can't fly):
Then there are my six other Huntresses. There's a Huntress who always scowls, and a Huntress with a scar down her cheek. We have the oldest and calmest Huntress of the bunch, and the youngest and most energetic. They're a varied mix. :D
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I make sure my glass of water is nearby and hope for zero interruptions. Sometimes I eat Whale crackers. Most often I procrastinate - though with this frightening deadline staring me down, procrastinating hasn't been much of a problem lately...
Howling? More like groaning. Or laughing. It depends on my mood.
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
I look forward to finally finishing up all the edits, formatting it correctly (including figuring out the best chapter breaks), and sending the manuscript to the Rooglewood judges. That's going to be exciting! And nerve-racking. Very nerve-racking...
It's not like editing hasn't been fun. No, no, no! Editing has been such an epic time. I have loved this beautification process soooooo much. I'd never even really edited at all before this project, and so it's been a new experience. Just... YES.
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
1) Wintery. Snowy.
2) A cave. And trees. *cough*
3) Underground tunnels
Although, I guess that would technically be five things...
Although, I guess that would technically be five things...
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Ayla's goal - the goal of all the Huntresses - is to protect the prince. For one night! But a lot happens in one night, and it ends up taking a bit longer than that. xD
As for the antagonist, she's a she. And... she's evil. *cough*
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
*sigh* I'm going to give the same answer as 95% of most bloggers who did this Beautiful Books edition.
I shall not say, because SPOILERS.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
My main themes are Loyalty, Fear, and Friendship. I want my readers to feel like they've been tricked so many times, but now everything is okay. I want my readers to feel encouraged that sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem.
It might be fun if I wrapped up this post with a snippet. What do you think?
“You should stay with us.” The words spilled out of me like a waterfall. It would only be a matter of time before I said something I regretted. “Let us protect you tonight. In the morning, some of us could scout for you. We can ensure that your return to the castle is secure.” I added hastily, “If you wish it, Your Highness.”
“Stay with the Huntresses?” Prince Casimir repeated. I imagined his thoughts turning like a waterwheel as he considered my offer.
“I remember the archery contest,” he finally answered, his voice tight as if he couldn’t spare even a few seconds of reminiscing. “My father chose the best archers I have ever seen. I would be safe with you. But I can’t stay in these woods forever."
Are you entering the Rooglewood contest? If so, how goes the story?
And if you're doing NaNo... how is your sanity, my friend? I'm concerned for you. xD
Talk to me in the comments!
The Lord's Truly,
Lila Kims <3