I’ve begun working on a new novel.
With the completion of Fairytale and Gingerbread, I felt it important not to let myself lag (you know, even more than I already am). I’m still not making much progress on my Little Mermaid retelling, so I thought I needed to start something fresh. With NaNoWriMo right around the corner (btw, have you heard of it?) I thought I might just wait until November to start, but…nah. My brain had other plans in mind.
Instead, I started working on a new novel that’s been on the docket for quite a few months, a retelling of the classic tale, The Swan Princess. I admit, I was hesitant to start this. This novel (which I’ve titled Spellbound) touches on some subjects that are particularly difficult for me, and I know I need to do them justice. I’m already mentally preparing myself for taking a few breaks, but in the end I think it’s going to be important that I get this out there, and so SO worth it.
Want to know more? I know you do. Hop on down to read the synopsis!
Melchior Belrose has lost faith in his ability as a doctor. There’s blood on his hands he can’t wash away, and the guilt of his failure seeps deeper into his mind every day. Even a mysterious letter from a long-forgotten Empress does little in restoring his faith, even as she seeks his help for her ailing daughter.
The Duchess Cosette has been cursed to remain on a secret island her entire life. She knows nothing of her family or the great power she holds to protect her people. All she knows is a lifetime of sickness awaits her if she leaves. But Melchior has a duty to uphold, cure the Duchess and restore her to her people-even if she doesn’t want it.
Yay! New novel! And dare I say, I don’t think my blurb this time is TOO horrible? No? Maybe? Kinda sorta? Well, I still have time to tweak and polish it before it’s ready for publication. I’m just so excited to begin working on this novel I just had to share! It’s a little different from my usual novels (why do I feel like I’m always saying that lately?) as I feel like it requires a bit more world-building that I typically do, so I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Other facts about Spellbound:
- Doctor Melchior is bisexual and not “confused” about it
- He is 1 of 5 people in the world with the ability to practice a special strand of medicine
- The Duchess Cosette has a terminal illness
- She also has eleven older sisters
- Lots of dancing, music and beautiful lakes
- Would probably make a better film than a novel
- Because it’s so gorgeous
- But it’s a book
- Still gorgeous though
Yes! Starting something new is always exciting, and admittedly one of my favorite parts of working on a novel. Last month I was in a little bit of a writing slump, and I think Spellbound is the perfect project to wake up my mind and get me back to where I need to be. Let’s see how much I can write before the craziness of November takes over my life!
What’s your favorite version of The Swan Princess? Have you ever seen Swan Lake? Are you obsessed with swans or not???