Juliet Marillier's Blog - Posts Tagged "shadowfell"

The deadline looms ... I'm working long hours to get the second book in the Shadowfell series, working title Raven Flight, up to a satisfactory standard by the end of April. I've kept a record of progress for this book, which I started in November 2011 during NaNoWriMo, so I know exactly how many words I've written per day since Nov 1 and the reasons why some times were more productive than others. February was given over to dealing with the structural edit for Flame of Sevenwaters, my adult novel due for publication in November, so Raven Flight was set aside for that month. I also had a week off to travel to New Zealand. I ended up cutting at least half of what I wrote during NaNoWriMo.

As of today's 2300 words, Raven Flight stands at just under 12 chapters and 91050 words. It's not finished yet - I have at least two chapters to go. And, of course,those final chapters require a lot of concentration, since everything must fall into place perfectly.

I won't be submitting this as a first draft. My working method means that the earlier parts of the manuscript have already been revised a few times. But it's highly unusual for me to be so close to the deadline with the thing not finished, so I am likely to be even more antisocial than usual until I have a complete and reasonably polished manuscript to send to my editors. Did I mention I still have the copy edit of Flame of Sevenwaters to check?

Am I happy with this story? Yes. I love the two young women at the centre of this particular book, their strengths and weaknesses, their prickly friendship. The world they live in, an imaginary version of ancient Scotland, is not unlike any place in today's world where a repressive government denies its citizens their basic liberties, and where ordinary people must find the courage to stand up and be counted, no matter what it costs them.

Apologies to Goodreads fans - until recently my posts to my Facebook Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/juliet.marillier)
and website news page (http://www.julietmarillier.com) were automatically transferred across to this author page, but that hasn't been happening recently. Anyway, this is the most recent and I'll keep copying them across.
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Published on April 01, 2012 20:44 • 593 views • Tags: shadowfell
The new giveaway is up! Because Goodreads would not recognise details of the Australian edition, I've had to make it the American edition which is not published until Sept 11. The good news is that it's a hardback, and there is a longer period for you to put your name down.

Details here:
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Published on June 11, 2012 02:51 • 947 views • Tags: giveaway, juliet-marillier, shadowfell
New Zealand writer Helen Lowe, winner of this year's David Gemmell Morningstar award for her fantasy epic The Heir of Night, interviews me about Shadowfell and fantasy writing in general. Here's the link:

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Published on August 02, 2012 20:10 • 383 views • Tags: fantasy, heir-of-night, helen-lowe, juliet-marillier, shadowfell
Here's a new interview, also with Helen Lowe, but covering different ground. There's a chance to win two books, Shadowfell plus Helen's award winning The Heir of Night.

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Published on September 01, 2012 03:55 • 415 views • Tags: fantasy, heir-of-night, helen-lowe, juliet-marillier, shadowfell
Hi all. Here's the report I promised a while ago. Raven Flight (sequel to Shadowfell) has gone back to my publishers after a lengthy editorial process which definitely changed the manuscript for the better, but was a lot of hard work for me. Hoping very much that my editors don't want any more tweaking - of course, there is still the copy edit and proof reading to come for both the Aussie and US editions, so I haven't seen the last of Raven Flight yet. I've seen a draft version of the US cover for the new novel, which I'm pretty sure readers will love. On it, Neryn looks strikingly like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss from The Hunger Games, only blonde. I wonder if that is intentional??

For the last few weeks I've been polishing up short stories for my collection, Prickle Moon, which comes out from Ticonderoga next March. I now have enough material to fill the book, but I'm still deciding what goes in and what doesn't, and considering writing more new stories - there will be several included that are new to readers. The cover for Prickle Moon is currently being created by the artist, and it's going to be absolutely stunning - I am so looking forward to showing everyone!

The next big job is writing the third Shadowfell novel. Today I made a work schedule for the job. I have to ensure the writing is less rushed than it was for Raven Flight, since that rushed writing led to the huge editorial job later. I prefer to take longer and get it (mostly) right the first time. In the next couple of days I will do a chapter plan. Then I'll keep to a strict weekly word count until it is all done, with time off built in for a couple of family visits.

Adelaide readers, a reminder that I will be a guest at Supanova, Nov 16-18, and ready to chat and sign books for you, including Flame of Sevenwaters. Sydney readers, there is just a slight chance that I may be signing somewhere in Sydney one day in the second half of November - I will put something up on the page when this is confirmed. It would be a one-off, as my visit to Sydney is a private one, but my publisher is hoping to organise something to coincide with the official release date for Flame.
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Published on September 05, 2012 06:56 • 753 views • Tags: flame-of-sevenwaters, juliet-marillier, raven-flight, shadowfell
It's a short report this time as I am working hard to finish the very last scenes of Caller, third book in the Shadowfell series. Caller will be published in mid-2014 (yes, publishers do work a long time ahead!)

Prickle Moon, my short story collection, will be officially released on April 4. For more information about this book, including how to purchase a copy, check out the Prickle Moon page on my website:

I'm really proud of Prickle Moon, which is my first publication with specialist small press Ticonderoga Publications and has a particularly lovely cover by Pia Ravenari.

Raven Flight, book 2 of the Shadowfell series, is in the publishers' hands now. It will be published in July 2013 by Pan Macmillan Australia and Knopf USA, and is available for pre-order from the major online booksellers. The Knopf edition has another striking cover by Jonathan Barkat. The Pan Macmillan cover was produced in-house and is also very evocative. We'll be putting up a Raven Flight page on the website next month, with an excerpt.

Coming up for me: A possible trip to Sydney for the Aurealis Award ceremony in May, as Flame of Sevenwaters is a finalist in the Fantasy Novel category. I'm a guest at Supanova Sydney and Supanova Perth in June. Presenting a workshop at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Fremantle in August. Attending World Fantasy Con in Brighton, UK in October.

Once Caller is finished, I will be starting a new adult fantasy series entitled Blackthorn and Grim. The first book is called Dreamer's Wood. It's darker than my usual, with a different kind of narrator, but has many of the same qualities including a lot of elements based on fairy tales. More about this project in due course!
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Published on March 31, 2013 20:47 • 463 views • Tags: caller, juliet-marillier, prickle-moon, shadowfell
Hi all,

Here's a link to a new interview in two parts, focusing on the Shadowfell series. The blogger is offering a generous book giveaway.



Raven Flight
The Caller
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Published on February 18, 2014 01:25 • 289 views • Tags: juliet-marillier, raven-flight, shadowfell, the-caller