In my last post, I discussed some of the things I learned while writing my most recent draft, and I realized I had yet to formally introduce it on this space.
Just in case you were unaware, I am an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy as well as a writer of fiction, and for the last 8 months I’ve been working on a fantasy novel of my own that I am tentatively calling The Wolves of the Far North.
What is the story about?
In lieu of a proper synopsis (mostly because it is still heavily in the editing phase and likely to change), I hope this brief summary will suffice.
Essentially it is a story about two sisters who’ve had a tumultuous relationship since they were kids, one that has only grown worse after one of the sisters was the victim of an unfortunate accident which left her with a curse. At the start of the story, foreign forces have descended on their small village, and one sister must navigate this new world and understand the nature of her curse before she runs out of time, while the other is desperate to protect her family and will do anything to save them, even if that means going against ancient traditions and forging allegiances with her enemy.
Who are the main characters?
The aforementioned sisters – Vinya, the younger, and Maera, the elder. Despite being only a few years apart, their relationship has always been a rocky one. They have always been headstrong, and the strict code governing the warrior caste means that only one of them was ever going to be able to join their ranks.
I wanted to explore their sisterly relationship across the different facets of their life and society, including the warrior sect they aspire to, their own intense rivalry, and the harsh nature of the world they live in. Family is a big theme in the story, as well as the importance of tradition and the brutality of nature, and I want to make sure these themes are properly explored in both of their character arcs.
What inspired me to write it?
This is going to sound very odd, considering that the media that first sparked the idea is tonally very different, but it came to me after watching Disney’s Frozen. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the sisters, and I knew I wanted to write something similar. I wanted the concept to be explored more, see the divide between sisters go deeper. I had a brief spark of a scene in my head with two sisters feuding over what to do to save their homeland, one being decidedly pragmatic while the other was deeply spiritual, and unfortunately for her, cursed. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I just kept developing the world and the characters until I had something of a story to work with.
As a huge fan of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I was also heavily inspired to write about a society and a culture made up of hardy warriors that struggled to survive the brutal weather and had this ongoing conflict with nature. I began drawing a lot of inspiration from Viking culture and strangely enough, Shintoism while trying to figure out their values and how they would shape their lives. I loved the danger and intensity of a permanently wintery landscape, and I wanted to explore fantasy elements (magic, strange creatures) in a more grounded and personable way.
What are my plans for this novel?
In the most ideal of futures, I’d like to see it traditionally published, but the grim reality is that while I’m certainly working towards that end, it’s not a guarantee. That being said, if the story can’t find a home with a publisher, I might consider publishing it myself. Self-publishing has always been something that has interested me, and I want to keep my options open. Either that or I will have it available for free here on my website or on another, more story-driven site like Wattpad. After all, I’m not writing the story for it to sit in on my computer for all eternity. I want others to read and enjoy it!
I hope that will suffice for an introduction! I always seem to struggle with summarizing my own work, but I think that is to be expected. In my head the story is so much bigger and more complex, it can be hard to pull out the more essential threads to tell people what it’s about, so this was actually a helpful exercise.
And, should you be interested, information about what I’m working on will always be available via my works in progress page.
I want to hear from you!
Do you have any burning questions you’d like to ask about my wip? Are you also writing a novel? Tell me about your works in progress in the comments below!