I think I'm on a roll with Henge. And I have a review coming eventually, I think:)
Le Fay Series
Genre: YA Fantasy
Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.
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I usually start a first draft once I’m excited about an idea--enough to hear dialogue in my mind and see a vision of the story. My muse is typically not one character--it has to be two or three and they have to have a dynamic, complex, and fascinating relationship with each other. For Clan, it’s Twain, Buster, and Chad. For Henge, it's Morgan and Merlin. It's been the key to jumpstart my imagination. Another key ingredient to get me excited is incorporating aspects of the story that are non-traditional, or challenging. For Clan, it’s having all of the characters be a clone of one person. For Henge, it's using a traditionally evil sorceress as the hero.
I'll find out if the story works out or not within 50 pages. I'll either not see a clear direction that sells me or I'll become very crazy about the story and finish the draft in a couple months. I may create a loose outline, but I tend to like not knowing exactly what happens. It's like tuning into my favorite television show - I'm very excited for every chapter that unfolds. However, since I know the pain of revising, I try to be extremely solid on my world building before I begin because I know it's
going to be the toughest part for me throughout revisions.
Once I finish the draft, I abandon it for a month or so and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I will then make notes on what to revise. I try to see every weakness in the story and make time every weekend to work on it. After the second revision, I may be confident enough to show it to my agent, and if she likes it, we'll revise it again - then it will go on submission to publishers.
About the Author:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan.
Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry.
CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
2 paperbacks copies of Henge
4 ebook copies of Henge