HUGE congratulations to our most recent Silver Pen, Cassie Frye of Tennessee! She has successfully completed 15k of her NaNoWriMo, a huge accomplishment. Learn more about Cassie and her project below!
What is your favorite book and/or author, and what draws you to them?
Jane Austen for the way she weaves humor and social commentary so effortlessly. Don’t make me choose a favorite!
Leigh Bardugo and Susan Dennard for their amazing world building and characterization. If I could write books half as good as theirs I’d feel accomplished.
And many more. This section could go on forever.
Is this your first book? If not, what was the first book you ever finished writing? Tell us a little about it.
My first book was a historical set in the Pioneer age. It was about a girl traveling west and her experience with loss and finding love again. It contained lots of letters and angst and it wasn’t historically accurate. It will probably never see the light of day.
What’s the working title of your NaNoWriMo17 project?
In Dreams. This was when the magic system was a bit different and actually involves dreams. I’m trying to figure out a new title now.
Give us an elevator pitch of your project.
Rapunzel x Sleeping Beauty retelling that takes place in a fantasy world inspired by South Korea.
Yun Hee’s quiet life of isolation is shattered when she finds her mother murdered. Taken from her home, and dragged across the country, she is forced to come to terms with all the lies she’d been told as a child. Along the way, she befriends Sun Ha—a skilled archer who seeks to find a cure for a plague that places its victims into a perpetual state of sleep. Her brother is among the victims. Together, the two join forces to help restore balance to the country and quell a burgeoning rebellion.
Share your favorite line/short paragraph from your book so far.
“She’s Sook,” The taller woman gestured to the blue-clad woman. “I’m Mi Ran.”
At this, Yun Hee burst into a smile. And Sook, though she returned the pleasant smile, gestured to her and clucked her tongue.
“And you, my dear, appear to be in dire need of our assistance.”
Mi Ran promptly slapped Sook’s head. “Don’t go insulting customers like that! Aigoo.”
“I wasn’t!” Sook retorted, arms crossed.
“It’s—it’s okay,” Yun Hee interrupted. “I’ve been traveling,” she explained, looking down at her mud-stained skirt. She was quite aware of her ghastly state, but supposed it a mere consequence of her travels.
How did you hear about the Mighty Pens?
Susan tweeted about it/I read about it in the newsletter!
What inspired you to join the Mighty Pens?
It was the perfect motivation to actually WRITE. I’ve been in a writing funk, and didn’t take Nano seriously the last few years. I really wanted to take the opportunity to finish this draft. After five years, it’s time I actually write a draft with a coherent plot.
Congratulations again, Cassie. Keep up the excellent work. Not far to go until Gold Pen!!