#NaNoWriMo – I’m Going To Do It!

Hey guys! Today I wanted to make a quick post to announce that I am officially taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for November of 2015. This will be my ninth year participating and I’m currently sitting on 4 wins and 4 fails, so I’m hoping to tip the balance in my favour and get another win!

This November, I’m going to be continuing my middle grade horror novel that I started in August. Some of you may remember a post of mine where I accidentally pitched an idea to an agent on Twitter and he loved the idea. So yes, this is that story and I’m aiming to finish the first draft of the first book and start the second book to make up my 50,000 words. I’m currently sitting on 8,000 words for the first book so far.

So, for those of you who are interested, here is the general idea behind Within These Walls, the first in my new series.

When Yuuki wakes to find herself being held captive in a dark dungeon, she never imagined it would be because of the Lamia her mother had always warned her about – the demon creature who preyed on naughty children.
Forced to work in a mine with the other children, Yuuki can only dream of finding her way out of the prison and back to her parents in Tokyo.
But the children weren’t taken just to mine the pretty crystals hidden in the earth – something darker is going on within the walls and slowly the children are beginning to disappear.
Yuuki stumbles upon the secret one day and finds herself locked in a battle of wills trying to hide what she knows. But their warden has ways of finding things out, and it’s not long before she’s coming after Yuuki.

Excerpt

No. No no no. I can’t be here.
I reached out to touch the dark wall beside me with a shaky hand. It was cool to the touch and slightly damp. My head throbbed in time with the beating of my heart. I closed my eyes and cradled my head in my hands. What happened? Tears pricked at the corner of my eyes, but I wouldn’t cry. Not then. I wouldn’t. I didn’t deserve to be there, wherever “there” was. But I was. My mother was right. Naughty children disappear…
But it wasn’t my fault. I was scared.


Cover
(this is a mock cover I threw together for the NaNoWriMo site)

Within These Walls Cover


Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done it before? What will you be writing?

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