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Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? Wings Unseen. It was once titled Lansera, the name of one of the fictional countries in the book. It was also titled Feathered Heads in a later draft, which was an absolutely horrible name, but I knew I needed something other than Lansera. I'm so glad I finally came up with Wings Unseen, which readers will see functions on multiple levels in the narrative.
Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date? Yes, Wings Unseen was published by Meerkat Press in August 2017.
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? I began thinking about it in college, around the year 2000. I worked on it in bits and pieces over the next decade, finishing the final draft in 2013.
What is the summary of this specific fiction work? When Prince Janto leaves for an annual competition, hoping to slay the mythical silver stag, he leaves behind his fiancée, Serra Gavenstone, whose brother has just been murdered. Serra accepts an unexpected invitation to study with the mysterious sacred Brotherhood, hoping to find a place to grieve her brother's death in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that consumes all living things from within, a horror that only she can see. And her brother's killer, Vesperi, a ruthless noblewoman, possesses the silver flame, the only weapon that can save them.
Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? In Chapter 12, Serra has just arrived at the Temple of Enjoin with her trusted, overly emotional handmaiden, Bini, and Ser Allyn, a no-nonsense, disapproving, advisor to the king. Though she was not close to him, Serra is grieving for her murdered brother, Agler, and will be staying with the priests of Madel, their goddess, to study their ways and escape her life at court for a time.
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Anything you would like to add? By the end of the year, I hope to have finished Draft #2 of Wings Unfurled, the sequel to Wings Unseen. We'll see if my publisher loves it enough to publish it! I will also soon be shopping around the first book in my postapocalyptic, paranormal romance trilogy, Natural Disasters, to agents. Wish me luck!
Becca’s food, drink, and travel blog, theGourmez.com, has garnered multiple accolades and influences every tasty bite of her fictional worldbuilding.
(Right: Becca at her book launch for WINGS UNSEEN)