Know the Novel: a linkup | In which neighbors are weird, the forests are creepy, and Janet is annoyed

No, I have no idea if I’m going to do Nanowrimo or however you say it, but I still plan on writing this story sometime this year if college doesn’t eat me alive and this linkup looked like fun, so! Anyway.

[Edit: I realized I forgot to give the link to Christine’s linkup! It’s here if you want to do it. Anyway, thanks to Christine for the questions! I KNEW I had forgotten most of the intro. Oops.]

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?

I’ve been wanting to write a Southern Gothic fantasy like Raven Boys for a while. I’m not technically sure if this is a Southern Gothic at all but hey! Who cares! I’ve loved Tam Lin since I was a kid, and I have a…complex relationship with the South that I hope I get to explore while I write? The story has a high chance of devolving into a dumb paranormal romance though lmaooo

Also, the only thing I’ve ever read in my genre are two short stories and Raven Boys. This has absolutely no chance of going wrong! (I’m not even sure if it’s going to end up a Southern Gothic.)

2. Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!


Let’s see if I can do this (I refuse to apologize for cringiness)…

Janet Harrow’s sister is dead. She’s dead, and she isn’t coming back. But Janet keeps seeing her anyway. Well, Janet has always suspected she was going insane.

But when her sister turns out to perhaps not be so dead after all, the only people who seem to hold any answers are the vaguely unsettling and–worse–annoying group of drifters she met in her woods. They are not safe people, but if the strange boy with them who speaks in riddles and half-truths is the only person who will tell her the things she needs to know, then so be it.

*points above* I spent way longer on that than was necessary. All of this is subject to change, of course. This entire post is subject to change. My life is subject to change.

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

In Texas! I like the creepy forests, and as I said above, I do hope I’ll be able to write in my weird feelings about the South.

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).

I wish I had cool faceclaims for these guys or something. Usually I do, I just couldn’t find anyone who looked like these characters?

A young black person with long dreadlocks, a neutral expression, and a long tan coat.
Wait I went looking last minute for a model and this person actually looks a lot like her? Yayyy

Janet | ISTJ | Suspicious of change | Imminently practical until she isn’t xoxo | Smart | straightforward | Makes good grades | Tries to be normal but fails actually | Has OCD and probably depression, too | She’s black and pansexual let’s just hope I don’t make a mess of representation ahhhh | Kind of tall | An actual mess | Extremely introverted, but has decent social skills | Look when I say she has decent social skills I mean she has Lan Zhan’s social skills which is to say that her social skills are horrible but everyone thinks of her as the soul of respectability for some reason | I’m sorry for sneaking in another Untamed joke

I tried looking up a picture for Tam Lin, but all I could find were Cole Sprouse knockoffs and thirst traps. Thanks, Pinterest.

Tam Lin | A bisexual idiot | That’s it that’s his only personality trait | A drama queen | ENFP | Very empathetic but not actually compassionate | He might end up being genderfluid | Musically gifted and WILL use it for evil | Very cheerful most of the time, even when the situation makes cheerfulness a wildly inappropriate reaction | He’s white and he has dark hair and…wow, I can’t write descriptions?? He, uh *gestures to face* good cheekbones! He has good cheekbones! And…clear skin! A jawline sharp as a knife?

(As a side note, why does literally every YA hero get described this way…Normal teenagers won’t kill you, authors.)

All of the side characters are completely underdeveloped except for Janet’s brother, so I’m glad no one asked about them! *shoves them under table*

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?

Everyone is undeveloped! Yay!!

I mean, there’s going to be an evil fairy queen I guess. Except she’s more like an evil self-designated queen because she’s the head of a tiny community. That’s it.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?

Uh…everything? I kind of mentioned it up there when I talked about how I got the idea for it. But also, I have it in my head as a cross between a horror and a rom-com, and I don’t know if the finished product is going to turn out that way, but I love it.

7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?

Definitely a standalone. God help me if I write more than one of these.

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?

Pantsing! I have a few scenes I want to incorporate but I am making it ALL up as I go along. It’s kind of a more relaxed, character-driven story (read: it has no plot) so I think pantsing will work for this one. Hopefully!

9. Name a few unique elements about this story.

I haven’t read a story like it before? So there’s that? It does share a lot in common with my other stories, though. I insert weird horror elements, I write two faux-sexy protagonists, and I call it a day.

I guess I haven’t seen many people give their take on redneck fairies, which is a crying shame. More people should do this. Tbh, a lot of books I’ve read about fairies are kind of boring, and I want more original ideas? Anyway, I’m not saying that making fairies into gay rednecks will save the fairy genre, or that my story is in anyway good or tasteful, but I am saying that I think gay redneck fairies are interesting and I would like to see that more than…whatever authors were doing when I was a teen. *side-eyes*

(I read great books when I was a teen, but I also read some really weird ones, and I want to know what was up with all the sexual harassment in bad fairy books. Will I do this? Is it simply the plight of any author who writes about fairies? Were the authors required by law to put in at least one pervy and unnecessary scene? Is there a curse??)

10. Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

Oh gosh. I made a Pinterest board somewhere but I put it on private? It’s somewhere I guess?

Okay here we go. I love making Pinterest boards it’s so relaxing.

I was going to make a joke about how obvious it is I wrote this at three in the morning, but I write all of my posts at three in the morning and I think the joke is getting a bit old. But, uh…Wow, you can tell I wrote this at three in the morning.

8 thoughts on “Know the Novel: a linkup | In which neighbors are weird, the forests are creepy, and Janet is annoyed

  1. OH MY GOODNESS. This sounds SO MUCH FUN!!! I am always, always, ALWAYS here for creepy forests. They’re basically my aesthetic. And the idea of redneck fairies is one of the most unique ideas I’ve ever heard and I adore it. XDD Plus this is a Tam Lin retelling of sorts??? EEEEEEE!!!! It gets better and better! And I’m over here drooling over the pinterest board. The aesthetic is just *chef’s kiss* perfection!

    This looks like it’s gonna be a blast to write! I do hope the writing goes wonderfully! Thanks so much for joining the linkup and sharing this goodness with us. 😀

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  2. Aggggh well this is exciting. (And it’s been a year since we met, I think! Yay for Know the Novel!)

    I’m definitely getting Raven Boys vibes from this one!!! Which is a good thing. I hadn’t realized Raven Boys was Southern Gothic, but that DEFINITELY fits. Such an intriguing genre.

    Janet sounds like a sweetheart. And, man, “Janet” is such a cool name. (And your snark about YA heroes is so hilarious.)

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    • Wow, I can’t believe that! It feels like so long ago.

      That’s great!! Pretty much what I’m going for. I really like Raven Boys. It has its flaws, but it’s a really, really creative book, and beautifully written. I haven’t been able to get into anything else by the author, weirdly enough.

      Aw, thanks! I know, I love the name. (YA heroes are all so absurdly pretty…and I know I do that too, but I try not to go ham on the descriptions. I have my moments, though.)


  3. This sounds interesting! I haven’t read the creepy kind of stories yet. I love your Pinterest board. Very eerie. I really got the vibe of this story.
    And your two protagonists sound very fascinating.
    And that blurb is so fascinating.
    Basically this story intrigues me.
    Hmm… I really should read the Raven Boys.

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  4. “Musically gifted and will use it for evil” XD Your blurb is quite intriguing (but why do the darn things take so long to write?? will we ever know???). “My life is subject to change”–truer words were never spoken XD Generally I’m not super into horror or rom-coms…but somehow a horror rom-com combination sounds fantastic?? It’s so off the wall and…and…I mean, redneck fairies? Come on. Incredible.

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  5. OKAY, THIS SOUNDS AMAZING. I hope you do end up writing it. *gasps* Redneck fairies???? That’s such a great idea. And Janet sounds like a great heroine. And Tam Lin, well, he’s already my favorite just from your description.
    And combining horror and rom-com is such a great idea. *nods*

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