Today I'll be talking about my NaNoWriMo book, Ms. Holmes. I'm so excited to write it.
1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I don't know exactly how I got the idea for the novel, except that I've had four different things I've been wanting to experiment with in my writing: 1. Retellings 2. Time travel 3. The steampunk genre and 4. Genderbending. So I mixed them all up and here we are.
2. Why are you excited to write this novel?
BECAUSE TIME TRAVEL. And also Sherlock Holmes. I've been obsessed with "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock" for a while now, and the idea of a female Sherlock Holmes has always fascinated me. There will also be a one-eyed cat, a gossipy landlord, and tea. Lots and lots of tea.
3. What is your novel about, and what is the title?
The title of the book is Ms. Holmes (which I'm extremely pleased with, since it's one of the few NaNoWriMo titles I had in mind right from the start), and as for what it's about, I'll just post my summary here:
What’s the best way to solve a murder? Stop it from happening in the first place. Astrid Holmes, teenage inventor and consulting detective, has spent years helping Scotland Yard’s best catch criminals and murderers and put them behind bars where they belong. But recently she’s been able to perfect a new invention that could help them even more: a time machine. Astrid and her most trusted companion, Dawn Watson, test their steam-powered machine, disguised as a train, and travel back in time to prevent said murders from ever happening. Little does Astrid know that she has a new and even more threatening enemy.
Faye Moriarty treats time as her plaything. Messing about with both past and future, Faye threatens everything Astrid’s put her life into rebuilding, and it won’t be easy to catch her. She’s slippery as an eel and deadly as the dragon she’s working night and day to build. Can Astrid and Dawn catch Faye before it’s too late? Or will time make monsters of them all?
4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
I have a lot of characters in mind right now, but here we go:
|Astrid Holmes (consulting detective/inventor) - Brilliant|
|Dawn Watson (investigative journalist) - Compassionate|
|Faye Moriarty (inventor) - Megalomaniac|
|Sahara Moran (sniper/assassin) - Loyal|
|Natalie Lestrade (Detective Inspector) - Stubborn|
|Cecily Forester (Clock-keeper) - Outcast|
|Emily Forester (Clock-keeper’s daughter) - Shy|
|Mia Holmes (Astrid’s little sister) - Sweet|
|Olive Harrington (Timekeeper for train station) - Odd|
|Kelsey and Lance Stark (Train conductors, husband and wife) - strong and adventurous, respectively|
|Jeffrey Stark (Son of Kelsey and Lance Stark) - Filterless|
|Griffon Geller (Serial killer) - Psychotic|
Ack, this is so hard to choose! I love each of my characters for different reasons, but side characters tend to be my favorites. So other than Astrid (especially her fighting with Sir Mittens when he gets in the way of her projects), I think my favorites are going to be Cecily (because she's a quirky klutz and just a bouncy, fun character) and Natalie (because she can get easily grumpy and irritable, which is always fun to write). Faye is also a villain I'm really excited to play with since I haven't ever written anyone like her.
6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Astrid wants to solve the various murders and crimes Faye is carrying out with her newly completed time machine, but time is complicated and Faye is just as brilliant as she is. Not only are both past and future being messed with by Faye, but there's a problem in the present. A serial killer by the name of Griffon Geller has recently escaped from prison, and Astrid's made it her personal mission to capture him again.
7. Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
Victorian London! Mainly at 221B Baker Street, Big Ben, and the train station.
|If you want to see more pictures, click HERE to go to my Pinterest board.|
8. What is the most important relationship your character has?
Astrid's most important relationship was with her little sister Mia, but her most important current relationship is hands down with Dawn. She's the first person Astrid could even consider calling her friend.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Through Dawn's influence, Astrid will grow more and more compassionate, when before she was more closed off and cold.
10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
I don't usually go into a book with specific themes in mind. The best themes seem to be the ones that aren't planned, but emerge as you're writing the story. So I have no idea how to answer this question, but I know friendship is always something that's a big deal in my novels, no matter the genre or story.
11. BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
1. Forget perfection. That's what editing is for. If you're one of those writers who can't stand to move on until everything's just how you want it to be, leave yourself a note to go fix it later. But there's no way you'll be able to write as quickly as you want to if you can't move past a plot hole.
2. Don't procrastinate. Hit your daily word goal ASAP before doing anything else, if you can avoid it. I've had years where I had to scramble to write 7,000+ words on the last day because I'd had such bad writer's block throughout the month. It never turns out as well as it would've otherwise.
3. Have fun! Win or "lose," NaNoWriMo is tons of fun. You can meet so many great people and get all of these ideas, so try not to let stressing out about your goal the main point of the event. Participate in Word Wars online, talk to other writers, and type like crazy. You'll love it even more if you do.
Your turn! Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Is it your first time or are you a NaNo pro? What's your book about? Leave a comment!