Know the Novel Part One: Introductory

Today’s post is courtesy of Christine Smith, at Musings of an Elf.  Know the Novel is Christine’s shiny new three part link-up, and a great way for a writer to brag about his or her project! The project I’ll be talking about is one I’ve mentioned a few times before: my still unnamed space opera!


  1. What first sparked the idea for this novel? It’s kind of a reincarnation of an earlier story idea- where that one came from, I really can’t remember.
  2. Share a blurb! I already shared one when I first mentioned this story, but let’s see how I do with a second round:

‘Artist Kinniren adores the natural rock sculptures and busy markets of her native Keremios, the planet of culture and colour… and also of pirates.  Sick of the pirates’ reign of terror, Kinn signs up with the Keremios Secret Security and is given a mission to deliver a piece of information that just might be the key to the pirates’ demise.

Captain Rieve Merrit has managed to keep a perfect record of successfully delivering secret information and weapons for the Balcerran smugglers.  When the Balcerran smugglers and the Keremios pirates form an alliance, Rieve is assigned to sneak a ‘package’ between the two planets.  His ‘cargo’: an eccentric artist by the name of Kinniren.’

  1. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting? The fun thing about a space opera setting is that I can make the worlds and their inhabitants whatever and however I want (so long as there’s some small bit of scientific credibility)!
  2. Tell us about your protagonist. Meet Kinniren. She’s a humanoid creature– short, fan-eared, ruddy skin and hair.  Kinn is a patriot, hard-working, idealistic, and fiercely loyal to her family. 
  3. Who (or what) is the antagonist? Meet Rieve (although he’d object to being called an antagonist) (and he’s not the only antagonist. I always have more…) He’s also humanoid—tall, long ears, webbed fingers.  Rieve is a master criminal, reclusive out of choice as well as out of necessity. 
  4. What excites you the most about this novel? Crashing space-ships is pretty fun. Of course, I’m also looking forward to bringing the cast of characters to life and exploring their planets (as well as tossing said characters into sticky situations and seeing how they get out).
  5. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else? I think this one’s a standalone.
  6. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting? I’m trying to keep to a plot, but a little bit of pantsing is inevitable.
  7. Name a few things that makes this story unique. At first I was afraid I borrowed too much from Star Wars. Opening on a desert planet?  What was I thinking?  But then I comforted myself with the fact that Kinn actually loves her planet.  I suppose having a protagonist that doesn’t complain about home is unique. 
  8. Share a fun “extra” 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!). How about some pictures?KinnThis is a work-in-progress of Kinniren, with sketchbook and pen at the ready. RieveThis is line-art of Rieve.  Note the webbed fingers.

So ends the first part of Know the Novel.  Thanks again to Christine Smith for this awesome new link-up!

9 thoughts on “Know the Novel Part One: Introductory

  1. EEEEEEE!!! I’m so honored to have you join the linkup. I was ecstatic to see this. And oh my goodness, you story just sounds so FUN. I mean, pirates IN SPACE. With an eccentric artist thrown in too. TOO MUCH AWESOME! I do not think it sounds like Star Wars at all. It seems totally unique! And it definitely seems so fun being able to make the worlds ANY WAY you like. So much creativity to be had! 😀

    Also, I ADORE the drawing. Kinn’s look is so cool!

    It was so much fun getting a closer look at your epic story. Thank you again for joining the linkup! 😀


    1. Thank YOU for making the link-up!

      Yes, I think I’ll enjoy going crazy with this story. Even though It’s likely I’ll end up paying some sort of tribute to Star Wars, I know the creative possibilities are endless.

      Thanks! I’m actually quite proud of Kinn’s design…although I can never settle on how I want her headdress to look.


  2. *squeals* Kinn is so cute, I love seeing pictures of her. 🙂 This sounds so fascinating, Blue! Haha, having a protagonist who loves home is a beautiful thing. Rieve sounds awful intriguing, too…


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