Monday, 13 May 2013

Update for May

Well, April has come and gone and I’ve broken my resolution to write a monthly update on my website. Where does the time go?

On the up side, though, my lack of presence on the internet does indeed indicate that I’ve been busy writing. Legend of the Mist is going beautifully, and I find I’ve made new friends out of a number of characters that I had no idea would exist when I set out to write the story. Their appearances here and there, though surprising to me, just seemed to fit, and now I cannot imagine the story without them. Characters like Cinead, Siri, Cook ... well, you’ll meet them all in time.

I was nervous at first about writing Legend of the Mist, as it would be my first full length novel. I had no doubt that I could do it, but I did wonder whether it would be harder to meet the word count. Above all I did not want to create a story that rambled on and on, and that contained obvious fillers for the sake of quantity. I’m happy to say my fears are proving to be unfounded. I am already 13,000 words into a book that I’ve committed will be at least 75,000, and I have not even thought once about word count.

To that end, I’ve uploaded more of the book to my Goodreads page. It’s part of Chapter 1, and is the part that immediately follows the previously posted Prologue. It gives a better idea of where the story is going, and introduces the reader to some of the integral characters of the story, including the heroine, Norah. A word of caution, though, to all who read it, this is not your typical Viking romance, and Einarr, the Viking leader, is not the hero of the story ... but you’ll have to wait to find out who is : ) As I’m writing it, I’m also discovering that this is not a story with an easily definable ‘bad guy.’ There is no true villain among the characters, and each one will develop into a likeable character in his or her own way. It makes for interesting writing, I’ll admit that.

For the Prologue and Chapter 1 together, click here.

I hope to have Legend of the Mist out by the end of summer or early fall. That’s the plan, at least. For now I return to the grind stone ... which is not really a grind stone because I’m having a great time living in Viking-era Orkney at the moment. As always, I invite you all to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, and for those of you who have read the Highland Loyalties trilogy on Amazon, I would love to read your customer reviews for Bride of Dunloch, Uniting the Clans and The Laird Returns.

Take care for now,
Veronica Bale

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