My Big, Fat NaNoWriMo Project

So, as I’ve stated before, this time of year is my Christmas. Halloween kicks it off, then for an entire month, the wondrous word orgy that is NaNoWriMo takes place. This year, I’m breaking from the tradition of working on the historical fantasy novellas, since I have two completed and in need of editing before I write the third.

Actual picture of me editing a book.

Actual picture of me editing a book.

So, what is this year’s project? Allow me to introduce you to the Shadow Fox Chronicles.

Calling this a new project would be false advertising. A long, long time ago, in another life, I was a script writer for an independent comics studio and in exchange for my services, I got the chance to create my own title. Flash forward a couple of years later and I had two issues of a fledgling comic, featuring a superhero named Shadow Fox.

Sadly, the project died, never to be reanimated.

Two good things happened as a result of it, though. The Shadow Fox books were my first completed novels before Peter Dawes and The Vampire Flynn came along. And one project birthed another until I found myself where I am today. Yes, there are two full-length, completed novels for this old cast of characters, but truth be told, they’re not my best work. They’re nowhere near my best work, in fact, and a decade of aging hasn’t made them any better.

So, I sat back, rolled up my sleeves, and with the help of my partner-in-crime, I tossed out the old plot and decided to create a new plot for these guys.

The Book Synopsis

meanwhileinphillyIn present-day Philadelphia, there’s no lack of extraordinary things taking place. One year ago, vampires became part of the limelight, proving their existence and assimilating themselves into our culture. While reporter Andy Lane follows the vampire populace, writing blog posts about their exploits for the Philadelphia Inquirer, he stumbles upon a gruesome murder. At first the Philadelphia Police Department suspects a vampire might be the culprit. But the further Detective Luis Alejandro delves into the case, the more something sinister emerges from the evidence.

Andy’s roommate, Scott Reilly, is an attorney with the prestigious corporate law firm Beyer, Waibel, and Groff, who has lacked for nothing his entire life. The youngest son of socialites Robert and Beverly Reilly, he had grown up with the expectation that success was written in the cards for him from birth. Dating the beautiful Melissa Thompson, he stands on the other side of a court battle with his girlfriend which ends in victory for her firm. The client they represent? None other than one of the largest corporations in the area, Devlin Biosystems.

Rachel Connors is a research assistant for one of Devlin’s chief scientists, Dr. James McIntire. Slowly, she begins to realize not everything is as it seems in his laboratory. Each of their lives is connected by a spider web, and as each person carries on with their day-to-day routine, they immerse themselves further in a corporation that has been shrouded in secrecy ever since its newest CEO, Denise Devlin, came to power. Are their motives as altruistic as they try to make them out toward being and if not, what will that mean for Philadelphia? As the age of wonder dawns on this city, some monsters will remain cloaked in shadow, while the most unlikely heroes will emerge from within.


Is it November yet?

So now, with only a few days until the madness begins, I have a plot and I have the beginnings of a story outline, but there’s still a whole lot of winging it. And a lot of trust in my wits to figure out what I need to do next.

How are you doing, fellow WriMos? Do you have your destination in place? Or are you pushing off from harbor with nothing but the wind to guide your sails? And what are you working on this coming month?

If you want to be writing buddies, here’s where to find me.

Tomorrow, I’ll share more about my cast of characters and even what writing tunes I have planned for the month.


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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.

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