I'm writing a novel.
by Suzannah Rowntree
Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It's been years since she even wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more awe-inspiring and more dangerous than she ever dreamed of--or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortals, daring knights, and deadly combats, with a murderous witch-queen on her trail and the future of a kingdom at stake. As the legendary King Arthur Pendragon and his warriors face enemies without and treachery within, Blanche discovers a secret that could destroy the whole realm of Logres. Even if the kingdom could be saved, is she the one to do it? Or is someone else the Pendragon's Heir?I've always preferred to keep my writing exercises kind of quiet. After all, I don't want to unleash anything on you all before it's
The first draft was made, like the cosmos, in six days in 2005--though it wasn't anywhere near as impressive at that stage! I've worked at it on and off ever since, including spending the whole of 2013 rewriting the whole thing from scratch for the third time. I let it rest for the first half of this year while I worked on other projects, and now I'm doing a stiff edit of the most recent draft.
What genre is the book?
It's a fantasy set in 1900 Gloucestershire and Arthurian Britain.
What authors have influenced Pendragon's Heir the most?
All my favourites, but particularly GK Chesterton and Charles Williams.
Will there be a sequel?
Nope! This is a standalone.
What do you have planned for after Pendragon's Heir?
I have a few ideas for things I'd like to do next, but I haven't done any solid work on them at this point. That will have to wait until I've finished this book!
For more news on Pendragon's Heir, keep watching this space! As I work through final edits and the publishing process, I'll be sure to keep you all updated with my progress, and to share some snippets, character profiles, and so on. Till next time!