I’m so excited to be working on my first novel! Well, actually, I did start writing a novel…oh…about 17 years ago. I think I got up to about 20,000 words or so before kids came along and my ability to find time to myself for writing was severely reduced. After that, every time I thought about working on it I had to reread the entire 20,000 words just to remind myself what was going on, so I soon gave up!
This time round I’m being more intentional. I’ve worked my way through Susan May Warren’s book: How to Write a Brilliant Novel, and have started using Scrivener as my writing tool. Now that I know what POV, hook, storyworld and reaction scene all mean, and have got my novel all mapped out on the Scrivener corkboard, I feel like a bona-fide writer!
There’s no title as yet, but here’s a sneak preview of the current premise of the novel:
As the Soviet Union falls apart so does Bela’s idyllic childhood with her grandmother in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains. Like others in her family she seeks escape from a mundane and unhappy life. One day her drug-addicted brother, Azamat, introduces her to Michael Gregory, who is instantly captivated by the beautiful, young, Yakar woman. Could this handsome British linguist provide her with an opportunity for freedom? But then a terrible tragedy shocks the world and makes Bela question who it is who truly holds her heart and whether escape is really the answer.
I hope that sounds exciting! Watch this space for more news about the novel!