Hello denizens of the internet!
This is a new blog, my only blog, and a strange form of procrastination with NaNoWriMo fast approaching.
Am I crazy? Eh, probably.
But you can call me Cat.
I’m a reader and writer of fantasy, sci-fi, and YA, and have a tendency to build worlds in more detail than anyone ever asked for.
You can tell a lot about a person by what they write. Their favorite foods, their favorite tropes, whether or not they could ever get away with murder… So, I’m going to go ahead and introduce myself through my upcoming NaNoWriMo project. I’m linking up with Beautiful Books, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In to talk about The City Under the Rings, an adult sci-fi mystery with a dash of fantasy.
Question 1: What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
This WIP came to me back in June when I wrote a flash piece for an online publication. The prompt was “flame” and the story involved a world-weary traveler about to do something very bad for the good of the future.
Thus, The City Under the Rings was born and that world-weary traveler became my MC.
Question 2: Describe what your novel is about?
Synopsis pulled from my NaNo page:
Rin is a paladin. Wielding artificial magic, his job is to neutralize galaxy-wide threats. He pretends his nightmares do not define him.
Marad is a time agent, responsible for monitoring the time streams as decreed by her people’s god. She pretends that everything is fine.
Scala is an android on the verge of gaining a soul. Abandoned and broken, he finds it easy to pretend the rest of the universe doesn’t exist.
All three are united by their connections to the City Under the Rings. A source of great power and devastating war. Destroyed and forgotten eons ago.
Now the City is being rebuilt.
One universe was destroyed because of it. Theirs will be next if they don’t learn to work together and come to terms with their own dark secrets.
But saving a universe requires sacrifice.
Question 3: What is your book’s aesthetic?
Question 4: Introduce us to each of your characters!
This WIP has three main characters.
The first is Rin. He’s from an alien race known as the Denebians and also a member of an order of magic-wielding time travelers. He’s in love with his job which allows for a lot of travel and freedom and it goes to his head sometimes. But his confident facade hides inner turmoil caused by recurring nightmares and he’s afraid he might be going crazy.
Marad is a member of another race, the Kirini, and she’s basically the time police. She’s quiet and hard-working, but she’s got secrets of her own. Plus she’s forced to work with Rin which is not her favorite thing.
And then there’s Scala. He’s an android designed by a third alien race known as the Draquese and he’s my precious cinnamon roll who just wants to listen to music and not deal with stress because he’s gaining a soul and emotions are so hard okay.
Question 5: How do you prepare to write?
I am a pure, 100000% plotter. I don’t have a strict schedule, but I do make sure I have my outline, world-building, research, etc. all done before I write a single sentence of my WIP.
And once I start, I usually find something that still needs researching on page 2.
Question 6: What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Finally getting to bring my characters to life. Seeing how they interact and deal with what I throw at them. Finding what they love most and ripping it away from them–
Question 7: List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
My WIP hops to a variety of settings so:
- An abandoned town on an abandoned planet where Rin goes to think
- An archive where information about magic is stored
- The place where androids go to die
Question 8: What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Rin wants to stop the antagonists from rebuilding the City Under the Rings which will result in [SENSORED] which is a Very Bad Thing. It’s his job, and yet, he has the weirdest feeling this has all happened before…
Obviously, the antagonist trying to rebuild the City is the one who stands in his way.
Question 9: How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Rin is more than his career, more than his title. At the beginning of the novel, being a paladin is everything to him but he’s going to learn there are more important things than that.
Question 10: What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
A lot of my books feature similar themes. There’s Good vs. Evil, familial relationships, the morality of artificial intelligence (can an android gain a soul?), sacrifice, and the ever present idea that we are naught but ants in the cosmic scheme of things.
I’d like to leave readers with questions, stuff to think about. And maybe a few feels too.