I just finished a rough draft of my new adult novel (a standalone for now) entitled Kingdom of Ravens. Plotwise, this novel is about Sebastian Murdoch, a low-level thug and nephew of an Usher Falls organized crime boss, who meets and falls in love with Rosalyn Everard, crown princess of the neighboring kingdom of Sardonia. While it’s set in present day, it does have some vestiges of fantasy (chiefly shapeshifting magic) and science fiction (with the incorporation of some advanced tech).
I penned some random chapter drafts (that I ended up not using, at least for the time being) in September 2014, but I didn’t formally start piecing anything together until later that year and into 2015. I then tried to write a little bit everyday since 2015, and today I finally finished a full-length manuscript, though it is far from being a finalized, finished story.
I’m fascinated by Sebastian and Rosalyn’s journey, both as a couple and as individuals, so it will be fun to delve in deeper and polish their stories. They’re great characters and I have fun writing for both of them as they come from two very different walks of life: Sebastian has lived in the urban squalor of Usher Falls and under his uncle’s murderous thumb all his life, and Rosalyn is a princess with a relatively comfortable life though she harbors a challenging inner demon.
My next step is to read through the manuscript as is and make notes as I already know where there needs to be changes, expansions, additions, and reductions. However, it feels wonderful to be able to say I have a rough draft completed. 🙂