I had a brilliant time at RWA in San Diego and I’ve returned to the UK inspired and raring to get back to work on Alexis. Pitching the book was really helpful as it made me pause, take a step back, and make sure I had a clear vision of what story I wanted to tell, in Book One and also for the whole series.
I’ve written linked stories before, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a series with the same main characters and an over-arching plot-line. I have the bare bones of how it’s all going to work, and a bucket full of ideas waiting to be fitted into that framework, but I think it would help me a lot if I had a clearer vision of the books themselves, especially their titles.
So if you’re in the mood for a little brainstorming, here’s the brief – hopefully with enough detail to be useful but not enough to spoil the fun later.
There are six books in the series.
The stories are set in a fantasy world that is more elemental than magical. There are swords, horses, gunpowder, fighting, and ancient beings with scary supernatural powers. There are no guns, no magic spells, and no shifters, werewolves or vampires.
There are three main story arcs:
1 The adventure
Our Girl, Alexis, and Our Guy, Kierce, grow into their awesome superpowers, gradually assemble a community, and team up to battle said ancient beings with scary supernatural powers who will otherwise destroy the World as We Know It.
2 Our Girl
Alexis, our heroine, was raised in a monastery and has spent her entire life passing as a boy. She knows she’s female, but she’s had no opportunity to explore what that means or decide what kind of person she wants to be or what kind of life she wants to live. She’s been too busy trying to stay alive to worry about it. So she has a huge personal arc as she claims her identity over the course of the series.
3 True Love
This is a romance, so it’s not really a spoiler to say that Alexis and Kierce meet cute in the first scene of the first book and enjoy a HEA together at the very end of the last one. In between…well, let’s just say they’re in for one heck of a journey. Since I already told you that Alexis hasn’t had the opportunity to figure out who she is or what she wants, it must be pretty apparent that she’s not a likely candidate for love at first sight, or even instalust. She and Kierce are made for each other, but they have a long road to travel and much to do before bedtime 😉 .
So here’s what I’m thinking in the way of titles.
The first book is called The Transformation of Alexis Doe. Long, I know, but it really suits the story. Transformation is a mystical supernatural process that’s central to the plot, and it also captures the first important steps of Alexis’s personal journey of self-discovery.
The series is Alexis’s story, so I’d like all the titles to be The Something of Alexis Doe.
She’s a determined, steely kind of a character, so I’m thinking the final book might be The Resolution of Alexis Doe. I’m up for better suggestions though, and any words for the four books in between that suggest exciting, adventurous, fun stories of self-discovery, community, family, fighting, teamwork, epic battles, and love, romantic and physical.
Reconciliation? Attraction? Seduction? Definitely not Domestication 😉 .
Any and all suggestions would be most gratefully received.