Beautiful Books 2017: Introduce Your NaNoWriMo Novel
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? This novel was inspired during the writing of The Belgrave Legacy, back when it was 3 novels and I was specifically drafting Tears of an Angel where I had the main female character’s brother and best friend mirroring her relationship struggle. I plan for much of what I cut of their subplot to find a new home in Unmoored.
Describe what your novel is about! It’s Alec Belgrave and Ivy Moore’s time to shine. Readers will get to see what was happening between the two people closest to Fawn as she went through her journey in The Belgrave Legacy.
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! I keep thinking water (Ivy, a siren) and fire (Alec, sometimes hot-headed). The cover will be predominantly blue like The Belgrave Legacy was predominantly purple.
Introduce us to each of your characters! Alec is the protective older brother to Fawn, good friend to Ivy, and is both confused and annoyed with his attraction to his little sister’s best friend. He does his best, but sometimes makes mistakes. Ivy is the lively best friend to Fawn, knows more about the Supernatural world than either Belgrave twin. You can learn more about Ivy here.
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?) I “outline” (but I really do need to write an outline for this story, despite having already jumped in head first). I’m naturally a pantser, even though I always tell myself to be planner. I’m aiming for the realistic (but elusive) goal of becoming a plantser.
What are you most looking forward to about this novel? Getting to tell Alec and Ivy’s story since I was so sad when I had to cut it when I combined the 3 Fawn and Caleb stories into a single book.
List 3 things about your novel’s setting: usually separate; college campuses (they don’t go to the same school), Hell, and The Belgrave apartment (among others in flashbacks)
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way? Ivy wants to tell Alec they’re soulmates and be happy, but Fawn’s life overshadows her attempts. Alec wants to get a handle on (and move on from) his feelings for Ivy, but doesn’t know how to.
How do your protagonists change by the end of the novel? Alec becomes more understanding and patient. Ivy learns to open up more and be more trusting.
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over? The importance of friendship and trust as the foundation for a strong relationship.
Zara Hoffman is a student in NYU's MS in Publishing graduate program. She is the self-published author of The Belgrave Legacy and Stellar Blood trilogies and many more books to come.
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