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Name of the King is the first book of the planned trilogy, The War of the Black King. The trilogy follows the life of Ireen and those around her as she struggles to find her place in a rapidly evolving world.
However, the World of Alturas isn’t limited to the province of Themble, nor the present timeline. Besides The War of the Black King, I plan to write several novels within the World of Alturas. These books will be written once the main trilogy is finished, although they are being loosely outlined now.
Sometime in the future, although I am not sure when. The current goal is to have the first book, Name of the King, reading for querying by October 2020, in time for the World Fantasy Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can follow the growth of the books on the Progress Bars to the right.
Name of the King completed its rough draft on December 21st, 2019 at 120,761 words. Editing has begun with help of several dedicated beta readers. The second and third books are having their outlines tidied and finished to match the revisions of Name of the King. Each book will be roughly 120,000-140,000 words.
I would certainly hope so! The War of the Black King‘s intended audience (besides myself) are playful adults who are looking for a serious story in a more lighthearted world. These books are a mix of slice-of-life and political intrigue, with a healthy dash of drama thrown in. If you love diving into a world sculpted with care, and struggling side-by-side relatable characters through adventures that make your blood boil and your heart sing, then The War of the Black King may be for you.
The real question is: what didn’t? Inspiration, for me, is everywhere. I can find it in the most mundane things. However, books, both fiction and non-fiction, are my main references. I own several hundred books, and a good number of them are various encyclopedias on a rainbow of topics, from world fashion to numismatics to sailing. Pinterest has proven to be an invaluable aid as well as an addiction.
The best way to find inspiration, I find, is to ask yourself why you passionately love or hate something, whether that be a book, a tv show, or the view outside of your window. The best inspiration I ever found were the ones I hunted for.
My earlier digital art was drawn with my 2011 Wacom Bamboo tablet and Adobe Elements (later Photoshop CC). In early 2018, I upgraded to a Wacom Intuos Pro and use this and Adobe Photoshop CC to complete my current artwork. Most of my sketches are done with trusty Dixon Ticonderoga pencils on whatever paper I can reach, which is usually printer paper or in an inexpensive sketchbook. Occasionally I dabble in watercolors.
Yes and no. My art is my own interpretations of the World of Alturas. A reader might find themselves picturing something slightly differently – and that’s okay! That’s part of the beauty of literature and art.
I originally began outlining and writing The War of the Black King on Google Docs. However, the first book quickly became too long for Google Docs to handle easily, and it was beginning to become a mess to navigate. In August 2019, I switched over to the writing and editing software Scrivener. Had I know that Scrivener existed earlier, I would have started all of my outlining and writing on that miraculous program.
No. I am a perfectionist, and I find that doing other people’s characters and ideas stress me out, and I do not enjoy it. Thanks for wondering!