October 16, 2015

A Rose Long Awaited | Beautiful Books Link Up

It's been too long since I've done a writerly link-up and as soon as I saw Elisabeth Grace Foley's post, I hopped over to Further Up and Further In for more details. Lo and behold, in the spirit of their Beautiful People book character link-up, this link-up is in honor of next month's NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month wherein brave souls commit and try their hardest to write 50,000 words in the entirety of November.
I'm giving it a go this year(^^NaNoWriMo profile link ^^)
I'm still healing and will very gradually be going back to work and will have physical therapy, so committing to writing 1,600+ words a day will be a good discipline to develop and get very, very close to the completion of Amongst the Roses' sequel,  A Rose Long Awaited.
  1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? Originally ARLA (as it shall henceforth be abbreviated) was going to be the second half of ATR (Amongst the Roses). Thank heavens I didn't follow through with attempting to write a novel encompassing all four years of the Civil War. Each book is one half of the war. SO much more enjoyable to write more freely in that way.
  2. Why are you excited to write this novel? Because I did a number on my characters in ATR. LOL, no but really I'm so excited to continue writing this "saga" because I love the characters. I first wrote them back in fifth and sixth grade and seeing as how they never left, I determined before I completed and self published God's Will that Amongst the Roses would be the novel{s} I would write next. As grown-up Meghan. 
  3. What is your novel about, and what is the title? Book Two of The Keystone Legacy Series, sequel to Amongst the Roses completed Nov. 2014. A Rose Long Awaited continues the story of Margaret Bryant, Connor Doyle and their families after the Battle of Gettysburg. The bloodiest three days of America's history tore apart what tenuous security they thought they had and they are left to pick up the pieces as the War Between the States goes on.
  4. Sum up your characters in one word each.Margaret Bryant: broken
    Connor Doyle: wounded
  5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write about? Ahhh...Margaret.
  6. What is your protagonist's goal, and what stands in the way? Margaret's goal is to survive and protect/provide for her family as much as possible. The fall from her station, her father's suspicious missing in action and her involvement with the Doyles, an Irish family all cast her a social pariah to her old friends and acquaintances and she is required to press on despite what people think, no longer caring as she once did.
  7. Where is your novel set? Chambersburg Pennsylvania, county seat of Franklin County. 25mi. from Gettysburg
  8. What is the most important relationship your character has? Her younger sister Annelise, despite how polar-opposite their personalities can be.
  9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? She learns that it is okay to heal, to thrive and not just survive.
  10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over? God is a god of second chances, restoration, healing and hope even in the darkest of times. I hope readers feel happier than when they did finishing Amongst the Roses because I have a feeling a good number of readers someday will be rather, *ahem* miffed at me for the ending of the first book. No spoilers to see here!
    Seriously though--I hope readers come away with a sense of hope, seeing the characters come out of literal and figurative ashes at the war's end.
  11. Bonus NaNoWriMo: Tell us your three best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month. 
    1. Committing to NaNo? Commit to cutting out distractions. Take a TV fast or at the very least take one day a week to catch up on your shows rather than watching them live or online the next day. Sign out of Pinterest. Turn the WiFi off if need be!
    2. Set up a loose schedule and reward system. You know your work or school days, weekend plans, and don't forget Thanksgiving at the end of the month! Make a plan, stick to it, buy some chocolate indulge at the end of the day for meeting your word goal.
    3. Words are words. If you write 2K one day but only 500 the next, oh well! Life happens. Hold loosely to the daily minimum word count of 1,667 and plan for make up days to really buckle down and write up a storm to make room for those crazy-life days where the word count may only be in the 100's.
    And at the end of the month--whatever amount of words you end up with is an impressive accomplishment!