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"Young Maisy" and ballads
In my last post I mentioned I have a new book out. Young Maisy is the first novel in my new series, The Witch Queen. I thought I might mention some of the influences on this novel.
One of the biggest influences on the whole series has been my reading of ballads. A few years back I read through the "Child Ballads," the collection of ballads compiled by Francis James Child.
The ballad in particular that started the seed of Young Maisy was "Fause Foodrage." I won't go into detail because doing so would spoil part of the novel. If you want you can search for it yourself and find out what happens in the tale. I do like that the ballad does have a strong female character.
More generally, though, the idea of ballads runs through much of the early novels in the series. Characters talk about learning from ballads. They talk about being the subject of ballads. They talk about how ballads can be used to shape opinion. As for me, some ballads served as plot ideas while others seemed good inspiration for world-building.
I hope you'll check out the novel and take an interest in the series. I'll try to put up other posts about the next novels in the series and where the ideas came from.
Maisy is a village girl in an ordinary dukedom. One day a fight with other girls drives her into the nearby woods. While sorting out her actions, Maisy encounters a talking stag, a member of the Fairy Folk in disguise.
This begins Maisy’s life as a Witch attempting to reclaim her birthright. She learns that she’s not a common girl, but a daughter of royalty hidden away for her safety. She must use magic and her wits to figure out how to reclaim her title and someday become THE WITCH QUEEN.
Young Maisy is now available. Here is where you can get it:
Writing Stats for March 2019
Time for another update on how much I'm writing this year.
March was a bit of an odd month. I finished one project and started on another. There was a couple days' break between them. Also, in the third week of March, my sinuses acted up, so I lost a few days. But when I was writing the words were flowing.
That means I wrote 202 pages in March. That's a few pages under what I would have written if I had met all my session goals for the month. So good numbers despite of missing several sessions.
Another thing I did writing-related was complete edits on all my upcoming books. Not just for this year, but for the next few years. This way I won't have to worry about edits taking away from writing time.
I'm about two-thirds through the present book, the third in a trilogy. I hope that April will see the words continuing to flow!
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