Announcement: We are in the countdown phase for the publication of my new novels. The date on the internet is 1 September. We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline. My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness. These were the original titles. They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume. The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com. I'll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:
1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
All novels have five discrete parts:
1. The initial scene (the beginning)
2. The rising action
3. The climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement
The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.
Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves. The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.
Here is more of the example revelation conversation. It is from my novel Warrior of Darkness, yet unpublished, but part of the Ancient Light novels. Here is the second piece:
Klava sucked in a deep shuddering breath, “I will start. My mother was born in
America and my father in the Soviet
Union. I won’t tell you how
they met, but they had me. I was born in
. My parents still live there. I have a twin sister and five other bothers
and sisters. My twin and I are the
oldest. She is married to a military
officer. I went to London and studied languages there. I graduated two years ago and moved to Oxford . I’ve lived in Ireland all that time. Now it’s your turn, Niul.” Belfast
“You don’t sound British at all, Klava. You sound like you have lived all your days in
. How can that be?” Ireland
“I’d be guessing, I thought you couldn’t work for the Brits, not and do what you do, but I’m getting the distinct feeling that you do work for them.”
“I didn’t tell you about my life and family so you could attack me about it.”
Niul’s voice rose, “I didn’t think you were a traitor to the Irish cause before.”
Scáth shushed him. Klava put he finger to her lips, “You are much too loud, Niul. You know my job is to stop the bombs from hurting innocents. I stop
bombs. I stop PIRA bombs. I frankly don’t care about your cause—I just
want to protect the people.” Ulster
“You’re Catholic aren’t you?”
“What of it?”
He laughed, “I took your confession. You should be on our side because of what you believe.”
“I am on neither side—because of what I believe. I protect life—that is my purpose.”
“But you are the one dragging around a living-dead.”
“She was the one your PIRA killed. She was only a child, a girl of fourteen. She was raped and left out on the streets. I gave her back some dignity in her life. My actions were a momentary weakness brought on as a result of your assassins.”
Niul shook his head, “You should lower your voice.”
“Sorry. She would not be here except for you.”
“And you would not be here except for me.”
Klava raised her head, “That same night you took the life of my servant, you also robbed me of my virginity. I didn’t ask you to steal either of them, but now I am trying to regain some of what you took from me.”
“How will you do it?”
“I have been advised to kill you.”
Niul jerked back. Scáth snarled at him, “She could do it too.”
“Hush, Scáth.” Klava turned to Niul, “I will not kill you. My purpose is to protect.”
“What will you do?”
“That is just what I am determining now. You said I should join with PIRA because of what I believe, because I am Catholic. Yet you have put your trust entirely in the world otherwise you could not make magic. You are not Catholic at all. Why join yourself with those who oppose your core beliefs?”
“The actions and beliefs of PIRA are not so far from mine.”
“Then what are your beliefs?”
“You are right when you say I trust entirely in the world, that is the core of magic. I’m surprised you know that.” He shrugged, “The PIRA trusts in the world too or they wouldn’t believe that they could change it by taking the souls of others.”
Scáth grinned, “My Mistress knows all about magic.”
“Aye,” Niul squinted, “You must know much about magic. You turned my spell, and you killed the other one.”
Scáth hissed, “Instead of reflecting your spell, she could have killed you just as easily.”
Niul tuned pale. “Just who are you, Klava?”
Klava wrinkled her nose, “I already told you about me. It is time for you to tell me about you—that’s only fair.”
Niul gazed at her for a moment, “Very well, I’ll tell you a bit. I was born in
My mother and father owned a farm.
They were stanch Catholics and the troubles hit them hard. The Brits bivouacked on our land for months. In spite of that we were able to take in the
orchard crop that year. I think they
still have the farm and live content, but I haven’t seen them in years. In Armagh I
had my first taste of a woman and of the magic.
They came in the same wrapper for me.
I was always good in school. She,
my first, wanted a young man with patience and wisdom. Because of the studies, I went to Queen’s
University and studied Gaelic History and Language. I took a Masters and was awarded a Doctoral
degree in the same. I taught for a
while, but the time required for the magic became too great, and the PIRA
approached me and told me they would pay me for that alone. I was happy to spend my time in study
especially in the study of magic. I am
very good at it.”
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