The Beautiful Books linkup is hosted by the occasionally benevolent Queen Cait who sometimes spells name wrong and looks at it oddly. We guess that’s okay though because she is a Queen and has other important things to do like rule her nation and always include dragons in her work.
It is also hosted by Sky, who’s blog we’ve only checked out recently. However, we can happily say that we enjoy reading it and have taken the complimentary mint she offers. It was spearmint which is more than okay with us.
The point of the linkup is to highlight your WIP. We have chosen to highlight our NaNoWriMo book. You don’t have to.
Disclaimers: The questions you see below were not created by us, but rather the lovely hosts mentioned above. Cait is a big advocate 0f cake.
Question. 1 : What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
So, essentially our novel was inspired by the fact that we’d been feeling stuck for a while and we started wondering what it’s like for children to lose imaginary friends.
Our mind then exploded with questions like; What’s the average age a child loses their imaginary friend? How do they cope? Wouldn’t it be cool if lampposts came alive and guided them to make friends in the world around them?
We can break it down to one quote by Albus Dumbledore. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
We’ve had the idea for roughly two months.
Question.2 : Describe what your book is about!
Our book is called The Lamppost Men. There’s a little boy named who’s somewhere between the ages of seven and nine and is currently without a name. One day his imaginary friend who’s a stripy, colourful, floating bundle of joy and mischief disappears.
His parents are useless at offering any form of comfort because they’re parents and everyone knows adults are actually the most ineffective creatures in the world of children’s literature…
There’s a whole society of talking, walking and oh so magical lampposts who help children through troubling times.
We’re really struggling with not doodling or creating epic illustrations to create every sentence
Question.3 : What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Great question. Think Jim Kay’s illustrations for the new additions of Harry Potter.
Question. 4 : Introduce us to each of your characters!
Unnamed male child: This little boy who’s somewhere between seven and nine has deep red hair. He’s adorable and looks at the world in the most innocent/fascinating way.
Sam: He’s a lamppost. He’s made of metal. His face forms from fire and changes colour depending on his mood. He’s comforting and we love him.
Imaginary friend: Possibly pink or blue or orange….we’re really not sure, but she’s manic and has a thing for sugar.
Unnamed female child: She’s the knight in shining white fabric. She feels older than our UMC and loves to dance.
Question.5 : How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
- We write a hundred little notes that get lost and make us tear our hair out because they’re on scraps of paper which really isn’t smart.
- We inform our mother of every single detail until she’s bored to tears and doesn’t every want to hear from us again. We then proceed to do this repeatedly before even writing a single scene.
- The actual writing happens in sporadic bursts when we simply can’t do anything else, but waste ink and kill trees. We don’t plan. That’s for people who know how to stick to guidelines and deadlines and stuff.
- We devour Pinterest and make secret boards.
Question.6 : What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Becoming mega rich authors who everyone wants a piece of. Obviously.
But on a side, albeit less important note we’re really looking forward to diving into the wonder that the first few Harry Potter books possess before the staked get higher. Think the Narnia movies and the BFG which we regret to inform you is a film we still haven’t seen.
Question. 7 : List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
- There’s confetti.
- Playgrounds are common
- Things spontaneously catch fire…
Question. 8 : What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Our character does not have a goal because he is a child and has better things to do such as eating far too much sugar, making a riot at bedtime and generally being amazing. The only thing that stands in his way are his shorter than average legs which is a product of ageism no doubt.
Question. 9 : How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Our protagonist changes by growing taller. He also changes by coming to the realisation that peas are spherical demons created with the sole purpose of ruining his life. Other fundamental things may happen, but there’s no way we’re telling you. That would be spoiling.
Question. 10 : What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
The strongest theme is, of course, friendship, but there are other themes like magic and stuff.
We want readers to feel happy in a disgustingly gushy way because children and lampposts and magic are the perfect ingredients for a voyage of discovery. Readers should also feel embarrassed that they are twenty four and crying tears of joy in a way that makes those with short legs, short attention spans and imaginary friends feel disgusted.
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN. It was so enjoyable to dive into our as of this post being published unwritten novel. It’s inspired us to create something for you wonderful readers and to participate all you have to do is one thing. Ask us a question. It can be thought provoking. It can be funny. It can be almost anything really!
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