Rooks of the Raven is a story that's molded into an enticing tale. When I first started, an idea springs to my head and guess what it is? The title! Like a newborn baby, it cried out Rooks of the Raven. This new idea came to life. My journey begins...
My next step, what is this book going to be about? I didn't have an inkling of a clue Honestly, I'm not just saying that. I love the title I say to myself now the genre is my next step. I start thinking about genre and nothing came to mind. I seriously put the project down, but something about the name kept pulling me back.
Something kept pulling me back to the title Rooks of the Raven. Most people that know me understand I love playing a strategic game of chess. On a path to find a tale of delicate rarity, I realized something. A family. A king, queen, rooks. They became real in a way.
Finally a genre risen , a historical fiction. Thus began my journey. Even though I said historical it wasn't till many draft later I decided on a timeline. In one of my drafts I even remember adding a car in it. My dates were jumping around, should I make it 1950, maybe 1800th. I wasn't sure. But I kept on writing. I kept digging and digging, thud. I found gold..
picking my main character(mc) name was next. In Rooks of the Raven, Abel was not always the main character. The name I first desired was Corjo. I valued the name Corjo but I also treasure strong heroine type protagonist. I couldn't let go of the his name so I made another main character. Having these two characters started to set boundaries for me. My timeline slowly immersing from the fog, soon I will know my exact period and plot.
**Spoilers below! I think**
In the beginning, when I was writing about the family Abel's mom could talk, she had dialogues of her own. But later I begin to think? What if the mother was a mute... What could have happened to make her this way? What is her history that even her daughter doesn't know...Thus, The Queen was born. All she needed was her King. Two rooks, Ina the infant and finally Abel.
(Scroll up to the pictures. Are you curious as to why she holding a queen chess piece?)
Halfway through self-publishing my Novel. My researched consist of reading one novel to better equip. However, I am a visual learner. I learn from movies or TV shows that pertain to my subject of interest. While writing I google the clothes my characters wear. Like corsets. Before I even found my timeline they were wearing Kevin Klein. My story was everywhere, But that is okay. like soft clay mold your work as you go. On the other hand do not be afraid to solidify some events that you feel strongly about.
It is incredible the one book I read was The Help, and I was nervous but at the same time excited since it was in the same category as me after I published on Amazon.
I admit it, I do not like reading so it took me forever to finish once I finally start appreciating the novel. I began to read more pages.
I do not have an arsenal of books that I can say I read throughout my life so to my surprise when I saw The Help sitting in the top 100 rank on Amazon at spot 20, I was envious but more importantly thirsty. I was hoping one day I sit in the top 100 best seller chart. Like I said in my previous post, I'm hungry. I made The Help my goal to achieve better rank for a day or so. It became my rival, so to speak.
Believe me, I had tremendous doubts, throughout every last detail. How could my newly published compete? I ask myself. How can a newly published author even aim that high, am I being foolish?
Its funny for me The Help is literally one of the few books I randomly read. I guess what I'm saying is I sure did not start on amazon 100 list, but every day I am blessed with this story...I cherish it. Long story short I accomplished my goal.
As a first published author, I feel reckless. I'm never sure if I'm doing well. I want to ask if you could support me through this journey. Help me by grabbing yourself a copy and writing helpful reviews. Help my book get into the hands of others. That goes for any author leave a helpful review, negativity just stunts growth. Nobody wishes to stay stagnant because of a vicious review. Thanks so much for listening or I guess more like reading.
picture above shows amazon best seller rank. I am #14 and The Help #17