Steampunk and Werewolves Oh My!

Have you ever had a book series that you became so enthralled with that it not only became impossible to put down but also inspired physical reactions from you while you were reading it. I am not just talking about laughing and crying when warranted, but those moments where you are almost shaking with frustration or fighting the urge to throw the book down in anger because the character you most connect with is at the present being treated unfairly or placed in a hard situation. Maybe you even find yourself having to put the book down and step away for a moment, you know it is a work of fiction but even fictional characters need the silent treatment sometimes

Personally I love it when the author has inspired such an emotional connection to the characters that when they are being treated unfairly you feel as though it were you in that situation.

930986_originalI am currently reading a series by Gail Carriger called The Parasol Protectorate. I have just finished with the second book in the series called Changeless and I admit I have gotten so connected to the main character and her life that I found myself genuinely upset even angry with the ending of the book. I shall not give away any details, except to say that it is a sudden and sneaky twist to part of her life which seemed to be well and truly settled. I really want to start reading the next book in the series but am slightly afraid to find out what happens next. I absolutely love the way Gail Carrier creates such captivating and relatable characters, especially her female leads. They each have a distinct and important role to play and they do so by being intelligent, strong, and cunning without denying that they are women and proud off it!

This is an author who has inspired me in so many ways and I hope that my books can instill the same emotional connections that hers have done for me. I very much recommend that anyone who is in to steampunk and fantasy read this series, you will fall in love with the world and the characters.

Alisha Kendall

Status

Currently battling the villains of writers block! It has been a dodgy war with many casualties and though the battle field is covered in a thick haze of smoke an end is soon to come. Though our heroine was at first greatly outnumbered, a sudden turn of the wind or a shift in fate has changed the course of the battle and she seems to be gaining ground. Soon a victor shall be named and banners raised high above the parapet for all too see. What is yet to come from this war few can say, though many believe it will be glorious.

 

Introduction of my character

Hello all here is an excerpt from chapter one of my book, which is currently in progress. I am feeling so good about the direction this story is going and I wanted to share a little with everyone. Please feel free to give feedback in the comments section below.

Book One, Chapter One. We are just being introduced to the main character Angelica.

Opening her eyes at first the only thing visible was darkness. Blinking, her eyes soon adjusted to the dim light cascading in from what looked to be a vaulted glass ceiling. She was clearly no longer flying high above the trees, but standing in the center of an ornately carved marble floor. Looking around she could not see where the room ended, it was large to be sure but the faint light coming in from the glass ceiling above her only extended to the outer edges of the marble floor.

It took her a moment to realize that she was not alone. It was the sound at first that caught her attention, the distinct sound of footsteps and they were coming closer. Her breath catching in her throat she was suddenly very aware of just how scared she really was, but her legs refused to move and even if they could where would she run?

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©Alisha Kendall

 

Rise Above

It is so funny to wake up and know that there are people in the world who hate me before knowing me.

To read and to hear these words of anger and ignorance. Judging me; sentencing me to death before hearing the truth.

But you don’t want to hear. You don’t want to know that I am a person free and whole. With fears, choices, and a life only seen through my eyes.

I have only my heart to guide me and my feet to follow as I become the person I am meant to be. There is no guide book, there is no singular path. I must make my own way. Fighting for my life at every turn. Facing my own demons, it is up to me to rise above. To find my own song, dance my own dance, and write my own story.

So who are you to tell me I can’t?

Keep talking your hate for I can no longer hear it.

I am free!

Alisha Kendall

The Silence of Affection

I could breathe this space for a lifetime. Absorbing the cool sweet atmosphere that covers me like a warm blanket. the sensation of your heart reaching out to me. I am forever alive in your eyes and as I drift away into a deep slumber it is you which anchors me. Keeping me safe. Keeping me still. Forever nurturing my dreams and setting fire to my passion. With one touch I am yours, with one kiss I am solid, able to drift above myself seeing the whole truth of it. It is one life one heart and our spirits which blending together make the sweetest sound of all, silence.

Alisha Kendall

Development of Story

Once the creative juices were allowed to flow freely they just can’t be stopped! and I don’t think I ever want them too. I am having the most exciting and revealing experience working on my book. I have had to battle with the reality of not understanding my main character, just how involved it is to develop an entirely new world, and creating an interesting story arch that isn’t just a regurgitation of well known and often over used themes.

I began working on this story about a year ago and then hit a snag when I realized that the main character and I just didn’t understand one another. I was desperately trying to put her in a very particular box and she refused to stay there. So instead I focused on the world my character would be interacting with. I created maps, developed class systems and various cultural traditions. But, then a few months ago I had a breakthrough, I realized that like myself my main character was not a fan of boxes. I began to start asking myself some questions regarding her motivations and her reactions to certain problems she would encounter within the story and realized she was a lot more like myself than I had planned. While there are still some noticeable differences between us I could not escape the fact that the story I am writing is inspired by a personal experience I had when I was visiting my grandparents property and those thoughts and feelings are what drive my character to keep going.

So now I have the foundation for my book. There is a map, family trees, main characters and supporting characters, and I even have an exciting story arch with some very interesting twists. Look forward to some excerpts of my work soon, I hope it will inspire you as much as it is me.

Alisha Kendall