Sooo for any of y’all awesome TWNers who have been around the blog since January, you may or may not remember the virtual scavenger hunt we hosted: Escaping the Blogosphere. (Which has been requested to become an annual thing, soooo we may or may not be having it again next year. Just givin’ y’all an early sneak peek. 😉 ) AnYwAy as the prizes we gave away, those who won the second prizes got to pick any post for me to do on TWN. The AMAZING Jen Rose (Pst, you guys can go check out her awesome blog right o’er here) requested me to do a post, and I quote, “Maybe have your main characters from your current WIP either be interviewed by you or just talk about their story… or maybe interview each other? Or something else?” Annnddd I thought, wait a minute, what if I did a whole series all about my books? We could have character interviews, fun excerpts, graphics, maybe games and giveaways, and just a lotta awesomely fun stuff!!!!!!!!!! AND for all of y’all who wanna hear more about In Pursuit of Hope or some of the other works on my writing’s page that I haven’t talked much about, THEN THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!!!!!!! How does that sound?
*grins smugly* That’s what I thought y’all would say. 😉 So let’s get right on in, shall we?
THE FORBIDDEN CHRONICLES:
For the first post in this series, I thought I’d start off with my series titled: The Forbidden Chronicles. Let’s get all the basic facts about it down first.
Mock cover for book one:
Genre: YA high fantasy (Oh, yeah! We’re going to the big stuff. XD I have no idea what that was even supposed to mean. XD)
Status: Ehhhh, well, I meant to work on this book as soon as I finished Heir to His Crown, but Ashlee and Ruslan kinda took over and plans changed. I’ve had this idea since Feb. (that’s long for me, y’all) and I’ve actually been doing some pretty minor plotting!!!! I don’t normally plot, cuz my stories tend to turn out better when I let my pansting side take over (I know y’all plotters are shocked, but it’s true, that’s just how I work as a writer). BUT this story is gonna have a lot of plot twists and magic systems to keep in check, so I figured some minor plotting will help me out with this one. So that’s what I’ve been doing.
Main character: Cascade. She’s sixteen years old, spunky, optimistic, adventurous, and the kinda girl who’s not afraid to speak her mind. (Yeah, she got that one from me. XD) BUT she does have an introverted side to her, especially when she’s in new situations. (*cough* kinda why I had to ruin her life, y’all XD). She wants to please everyone, but at the same time, she’s not going to try to be someone she’s not just to make that happen. Now, y’all know I don’t normally focus on what my characters look like, but here are just some extra details I’ve worked out for Cascade on what she looks like physically: dirty blonde hair, brown eyes, average height, oddly pointed ears (which she is VERY subconscious about, so don’t EVER mention it to her) and etc.
Number of books in the series: five… well, I’m hoping I can do five. I have a hard enough time trying to do a trilogy, so we’ll see. (The books in the series are: Forbidden (#1), Cursed (#2), Untold (#3), Discovered (#4), and Freedom (#5).)
Book One Summary: I had one… but then a week ago, I decided to completely change my plot, so here’s just an overly-informed ramble about the book.
Magic is forbidden in my country…
Sooo basically lemme set the world for y’all. It’s obviously a high fantasy setting with lotsa mystical creatures (I might throw a genie or two in there for old times sake XD), but through the years, Doesn’t-Have-A-Name-Yet, the place where Cascade lives, has been through war after war to where all of those magical creatures have pretty much become extinct. So now it’s just a bunch of boring, ole humans. XD Or are they boring! You see, in this world, there are some humans who are born with magic. (I haven’t figured out how yet, but I’m working on it.) Jump about three hundred years into the future, and now the ruling powers of Doesn’t-Have-A-Name-Yet is this controlling government. I don’t have quite all the details worked out for the past history (remember, I just completely changed my plot a week ago) but basically there were some humans who had magic who revolted against the ruling powers and ended up killing the Government-Ruling-Dude’s son or something. WHICH made Government-Ruling-Dude REALLY mad and he decided that people with magic were evil and the only way to protect Doesn’t-Have-A-Name-Yet was to rid the world of these magical humans. Sooo jump ahead another fifty years and we have the setting for the book. Having magic is illegal in Doesn’t-Have-A-Name-Yet and all those who are born with the curse of magic are known as the Forbidden. Government-Ruling-Dude-#2 now has all his guards/armed forces going throughout the land still hunting down Forbiddens who are still alive. Oh, and the world’s also a bit of a mix between a dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy world, so y’know there’s that. (Seriously, y’all, EVER since I got the idea for a dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy novel I have been pretty much addicted to that setting. *hides all the books who are suddenly acquiring the same worldbuilding* I need help.)
Nuff worldbuilding talk. Let’s get to the actual plot!!!! So on Cascade’s sixteen birthday government officials arrive at her house and claim that she is one of those born with the curse of magic. Of course, she denied it cuz she’s NEVER had magic in all her life, but see magic doesn’t always appear when a child’s born. It can take years before someone starts showing the signs that they have magic. And these government people know what signs to look for. So now that we’ve settled Cascade does have magic, the government people (I really need names, y’all XD) immediately take her away from her home and family. No one really knows what happens to the Forbidden once they’re caught. They’ve just always mysteriously disappear. However, that is not the case with Cascade. She’s taken to some remote facility run my Abner Brilliant (name subject to change), a man in close alliance with Government-Ruling-Dude-#2. There she meets three other Forbiddens close to her age, one of which is a mysterious boy with a shadowy past that seems to frighten Abner and his men. But she has bigger concerns to focus on when Abner explains why he has gathered these young Forbidden. He anticipates a war with the elves on the Northern Border–elves who were supposed to be extinct but legends says has magic powers beyond understanding–and believes the answer to Doesn’t-Have-A-Name-Yet’s safety is in the very people the land has shun: the Forbidden. While Cascade would rather not get caught up in one man’s conspiracy theories, she has no choice. You see, Abner only wants the best and whoever doesn’t excel in the training the four Forbidden have to undergo, will fall to the same fate as the Forbidden before them.
DUN DUN DUNNNN!!!!!!
Well, as y’all can see, I still have a LOT of stuff to figure out and even what I’ve given y’all could very well change as I get to work on it, but there’s some stuff for y’all now.
Now it’s time for the fun stuff. Here’s some graphics I’ve made for it. We’ve got Cascade’s character board:
Remember that mysterious boy in my rambling summary? Okay, his name is Justin and here’s some kind of character cardish thingy for him. 🙂
If you’ll look closely, you can see he has “fire” in his eyes which I thought was pretty cool to add. I’m planning on making one for Cascade soon, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Making it wasn’t as easy as it looks.
And here’s a promotional graphic thing.
Annnd I would share some snippets, I just don’t have anything written. *sheepish smile* So instead, I’ll give y’all some fun facts!!!
#1. Cascade has water powers and Justin has fire powers. And the other two Forbidden who lack names has time and visibility powers.
#2. The idea for this book LITERALLY came from the cover. I was bored one day, designed the cover, and a day or two later I finally go the idea for it.
#3. Though, you might find it hard to believe, Cascade’s world is set in the SAME world as Heir to His Crown, only it’s like three thousand or so years into the future. And Keenum’s stories focus primarily on the west side of this world, while Cascade lives on the east. Why is that important? The west side of the world has less magic than the east and no magical creatures.
#4. I am hoping to write the first book, Forbidden, after I write the sequel to Into the Lamp (which is planned to be after In Pursuit of Hope and Checkmate… don’t ask. XD)
#5. The setting was going to be a medieval type setting before I decided to change it.
#6. Cascade has an older brother.
#7. That conversation Keenum had mentioned in an old post that he had with Colin and Robyn was how I was going to present y’all this story idea before I decided to go a different route.
#8. I’m aiming for this book to be a 100K novel.
Well, I know this wasn’t the most interesting post ever, BUT the other ones in this series I plan on being WAY more fun. Which, I’ll go ahead and give y’all a rough sketch of the rest of this series, but please note this could VERY much change!!!!
Episode 2: What Lay Beyond the Woods Duology
Episode 3: Into the Lamp Trilogy
Episode 4: In Pursuit of Hope
Episode 5: Checkmate
Episode 6: Heir to His Crown Trilogy
Episode 7: A Spy’s Life Series
Episode 8: Crown of Beauty, Crown of Ashes Trilogy
WHICH LEADS ME TO MY SUPER AWESOME ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!! I am FINALLY going to be interview Robyn Hood from What Lay Beyond the Woods in my next post for the series!!! WHICH MEANS y’all get to send in questions!!! EEE!!!! So you get a maximum of five (just cuz I’m REALLY hoping we’ll get a lot of different people sending questions in) and they can be about whatever you want them to be. You can send them in either one of two ways. (1) you can send in your questions through the contact form or (2) you can leave them in the comments below. And Robyn will answer them in my next post in this new series. (Also, cuz I have no idea when I’m going to do the next post, it’d be great if y’all could send them in before the end of next week. THANKS!!!! 🙂 )
Also, note: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SEND IN YOUR STORY FOR IMAGINE!!!!! You have until midnight tonight EST. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me or anyone else at TWN know. Thank you!
Keep on being awesome and never stop writing,