Natalie Wright, P.C.
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House, takes place in Ireland. I’d been inspired to write a story partially set in the Emerald Isle, but I’d never been there! As I finished the first draft, I knew that I
had to go to Ireland before I could finish my revisions.
problem. I didn’t have the money to make the trip. But that problem was solved when
I won a trip to Ireland in a radio contest – true story! (Read this post for more on that story.) Less than a month
after I’d prayed for the opportunity, my plane touched down in Dublin.
traipse around the Irish countryside, roughly following the path that my
characters tread in Emily’s
House. I smiled so much my face hurt!
|That’s my head, peaking from behind an Irish Megalithic stone|
Ireland, I’d envisioned Emily’s
House as a single novel, not a series. Written for a late tween to early teen audience, Emily’s House is a
classic hero quest. Emily learns of her ancient magical heritage; journeys solo
and learns secret knowledge from a wise mentor; receives magical objects; and
then defeats the bad guy and saves the day. A grand adventure for Emily and her
pals. One big story. The end.
from Ireland, cruising at 35,000 above the Earth, something happened. Maybe it
was the lower-than-normal oxygen level. Or perhaps the white noise hum of the
engines created stillness and focus. Whatever the reason, my mind was open and
my imagination flowed.
popped into my head: Emily’s House, Emily’s Trial, and Emily’s Heart.
than one story to tell. In Emily’s
House, Emily was faced with obstacles, to be sure. But I hadn’t challenged
her as much as I could. I wanted to see what would happen if I pushed her to
the edge of the cliff. All I needed was a juicy catalyst of a challenge.
of book 2 was clear to me: Fear.
What if her friends’ nightmares became real?
September, 2010. And by the time I touched down back in the U.S., I had a brief
outline of Book 2, Emily’s
and participated in NaNoWriMo (Nat’l Novel Writing Month). The goal: To write a
50,000 word novel in 30 days.
the month, but I achieved my goal. By December 1, I had the first draft of Emily’s
Trial written! It was an incredible challenge to push myself to write that
much each and every day. The truth is, usually I’m a sporadic writer. I may
write for eight hours one day, then not write at all for a few weeks.
for thirty days straight was a blessing. I ate, breathed, slept and dreamt
Emily’s world and characters for a whole month. And as I lived with them, they
spoke to me more clearly than they ever had. The characters took the story to
places I hadn’t imagined. And I ended up with an ending that required me to go
back and rewrite the beginning!
explore the theme of fear with these characters. Poor Emily – I pushed her so
hard! But the reward is a character-driven action story that tests long-held
friendships and loyalties.
Trial! I hope you have fun reading it J
|Emily’s Trial, Book 2 of the Akasha Chronicles|
challenge again this November, and banging out a first draft of Book 3, Emily’s
food, sleep, fresh air and Facebook as I write the last chapter of Emily’s
amazing journey. Will Emily rise to the challenge left her at the end of Book
2? And will love flourish in Emily’s Heart?