For Those About to NaNoWriMo…

Happy October, fellow Internet denizens. As I stated in my previous post, October will be a month of training for me before I undertake NaNoWriMo for the seventh time. As it stands, I am 3-3 and am hoping this time around, I can make that last push which turns a 40,000 word effort into a 50,000+ one. It isn’t easy and those of us who step up to the challenge are often a special brand of crazy. It is for that reason that I wish to give the other insane writers a bit of a spotlight.

Here is what I would like to do:

If you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo, and would like to take part in an author interview/blurb post on my blog, leave a comment. You can also contact me on Twitter or Facebook. I would like to hand you very short questionnaire and give you the rest of the post to talk about your project, whatever you wish to divulge. Characters, synopsis, the playlist you intend to use while writing. You can also give a quick look into your already-published works, if you have any, and any promotional links you wish to share.

I intend to run these posts throughout the months of October and November. The sooner you get back to me, the sooner you can pick which days your feature runs.

Author Interviews Thus Far:

About My Project:

My book is titled The Unquiet Dead. Here are a few details about it:

Concept: First in an unnamed series. Am leaning toward the “Christian of the Black Series”, but not totally sold on it, either.
Genre: Historic/dark fantasy. I call this a ‘medieval urban fantasy’ to be tongue-in-cheek.
Rating: R, more than likely. Contains strong language and moderate sexual scenarios. Action-oriented violence.

Synopsis: In the year 1465, England finds itself in the midst of upheaval. The Wars of the Roses has the monarchy in a constant state of back-and-forth, with two rival factions of the House of Plantagenet battling for control of the throne.  With the white rose of the House of York pitted against the red rose of the House of Lancaster, another rose blossoms from the bloodshed, a troupe of mercenaries employed by both sides for special tasks. Assassins, thieves, and spies make up this Brotherhood of the Black Rose*. And in the middle of all of it is Christian Richardson.

Born to a traveling merchant named Richard Hardi, Christian has known death and upheaval all of his life. His mother taken by a fever when he was only five years old, Christian was also forced to witness the brutal death of his father seven years later. An unnamed band of criminals kill Richard while picking through his wares, searching for something they leave without finding. While the bandits had been masked, one lingering memory stays with Christian as he grows into adulthood: the arcane symbol emblazoned on the cloaks of his father’s killers.

Now, as a member of the Brotherhood, Christian uses his missions to search for them, both to understand his father’s demise and to seek vengeance. It becomes an obsession, until he finally locates the same arcane symbol and follows the twisted path to the doorstep of a secret cult. The clearer their plans become, the more Christian is thrust into the realm of the surreal, until he uncovers not just a plot to exploit the nation’s instability, but the true reason behind his father’s death. Will knowing the truth change the nature of the game, or will Christian only realize the danger of the situation too late?

* – What is it with me and black roses? You would think this was intentional or something. *slow, wicked grin*

More About My NaNoWriMo Novel:

Are you ready to throw your hat into the ring?

If so… let the games begin.

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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

15 Responses to For Those About to NaNoWriMo…

  1. Sounds intriguing! Your going to have to do a lot of research to make it realistic, though. Can you handle it???? Lol. I’d be interested in doing an author interview. My email is Although if you get too many people signed up, don’t worry about dropping me 😀 I’ll be busy writing all November anyway!

    • Peter says:

      I have two books I need to read before the end of the month: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer and The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir. They are staring down at me and I am whimpering pitifully at them in return. *chuckles*

      It would be an honor to feature you. I will send out emails by the end of the week at the latest. (I need to catch up on my current WiP today, but once that’s out of the way I can start planning out blog posts.) Thank you for volunteering and good luck!

  2. Peter says:

    And for those who would like to email me: peterwdawes (at) gmail (dot) com.

  3. MR Graham says:

    Ooh, I’m going to be looking forward to these updates. Your special brand of crazy is an entertaining one. 😉

    Unfortunately, I have yet to summon the moxie to really get into a NaNo. 50k is quite a lot of words. 🙁

    • Peter says:

      I love the fact that some of you find my crazy entertaining. It does only serve to encourage it, though, you know. 😉

      It is a lot of words, which is why my last three attempts have fallen flat. But should my health hold up, my writing opportunities have increased as of late and life has settled from the tumult of the past three years. So, I remain optimistic.

      Plus Christian is a fully formed scalawag. Am hoping his excitement for telling his story translates into an ease of writing it. #thevoicesarereal

  4. writerinplay says:

    Reblogged this on Justine Dee – Writer in Play and commented:
    Thought I’d get that out there for anyone who wants to participate 🙂

  5. I’m a huge fan of NaNoWriMo! I’m always up for the challenge and I will dominate!

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