Pitch contests have a lot to offer writers, including feedback on your pitch (the hook, query letter, and/or first page of the book you’ll use to entice agents and editors), a chance to get your work in front of agents, and meeting, learning from, and commiserating with other writers.
As part of the fun associated with the recent In With The New pitch contest, I’ve been tagged by fellow writer Keith W. Willis (@kilbourneknight) in a blog hop. So, it’s my turn to talk about the novel I pitched, a Victorian historical fantasy, Shadows of Elfland.
What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or historical?
Shadows of Elfland is a multiple-point-of-view book, but the two main characters are Cassandra Weaver and Henry Stewart. Cassandra recently moved from the city to Drixton, a (fictional) village in the Victorian countryside, where she’s struggling to play the part of a country gentleman’s daughter while dealing with her new neighbors’ superstitious ways. Henry’s hiding from his past, trying to make a new life for himself in Drixton, and he knows the villagers have good reason to be superstitious.
While my characters are fictional, some of them have significant connections to historical figures and events. I can’t say more, because that would be a spoiler. 😉
When and where is the story set?
My book takes place in England in 1869. I’ve tried to stay true to the historical setting, with the twist that the folklore that many Victorians still believed in is real.
What’s the main conflict? What messes up your characters’ lives?
The Faerie come hunting in Drixton, which throws Cassandra into a reality she doesn’t think she can handle and forces Henry to deal with a past he’s trying to escape.
What’s the personal goal of the main character(s)?
Cassandra’s been uprooted from her home and is recovering from a crippling illness, so she struggles to fit into her new role without losing sight of who she is. Henry wants to prove to himself that there’s a place for him in the human world, despite a rather atypical upbringing.
Where can we see more?
I don’t have any excerpts online at this point, but you can follow this blog to track my progress in my writing adventures.
Who’s next in the blog hop?
I’m going to tag three other In With the New contestants: Marjorie Brimer (@margiebrimer), Jenny Ferguson (@jennyleeSD), and Jaclyn Davis (@jaclyndavis01) ‘cuz I want to hear more about what they’re writing. 🙂 If anyone needs a spot to post their answers, I’m happy to put them up here.