Well, here we are… life as an aspiring author is ticking along. On top of everything else that I have to do, you would think that I wouldn’t have that much time…
Here’s the update on things so far.
The Faustine Chronicles
I’m now working on Book 3, and I’ll be honest – the plotlines had me on the ropes for a bit. They interweave and wind about me like a bunch of psychotic snakes. My mind is a mess of threads and stray wires. I have at least four drafts of this in various incarnations, and am working on edits and revisions to get it into some semblance of order! … Book 4 [The Book of Death] is going to be worse, I can feel it. Ah well!
A recent love, I’m now balancing my writing time between plotting a new Regency mystery, and the Historical Fiction Smackdown on wattpad. My Regency tale will be set in one small rural town which is experiencing the baffling tragedy of a suicide cluster among its young ladies. Based on a real occurrence a few years ago in a town near my own and an incident recorded by Plutarch, I want to tackle the issues of small English town mentalities, the fears brought about by social upheaval and change, and the moral aspects of the scenario among other things. Central to this will be the struggle of the magistrate to tread the line between giving the families some dignity by declaring their daughters “temporarily insane” and thus saving them the ignominous burial which would follow a deliberate suicide, and his need to make an example of the dead to prevent further tragedy. What should he do when he knows the families personally?
…. Let me know what you think!
I have submitted two short stories for consideration by Angelic Knight Press and Stoneskin Press. I am also involved in the wattpad HistFic Smackdown (!) to keep the creative juices flowing. I’ve never ever written so much!! Wattpad and its community has really given my work a whole new lease of life!
My writing is also benefitting from a number of wonderful aspiring authors. I will be asking several of them to guest blog here, and will do some reviewing and interviewing into the bargain.
— C. M. Rosens