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Finishing a Trilogy: Part 3
First off, apologies for the misleading title. This is not the third part of a blog serial. It is, however, a post about trilogies, specifically mine. Wylder Tales is a darker (often Gothic) fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. When I approached what I simply titled “Vynasha” I wanted to tell the classic fairy tale with a legendary bend, much like Snow White and the Huntsman. My first incarnation of Volume 1 was a little different from what you know today. It was also extra heavy on the prose. I can’t help myself sometimes, being a life-long fan of L.M. Montgomery, to love the beauty of language. But I learned over the following two years that the story was too stagnant and bogged down. On the encouragement of my writing coach, I returned to Vynasha and added more characters like Hvalla, Wolfsbane and Resha, cut off most flashbacks and expanded the dialogue. Thus, Craving Beauty was born.
First confession. I didn’t intend for this to be a trilogy or even a two-parter. I fully intended on writing a single epic novel, much like Stephenie Meyer’s first draft of Twilight. But I realized I had so much more to tell. Where Craving Beauty was my crash course on balancing prose and dialogue, Scarred Beauty became my lesson on building characters. According to a fellow beta reader, I didn’t offer enough character development though that was, ironically, my intent with Scarred. What happens when a helpless girl, suddenly given immense power, learns not everything can be fixed by magic?
Second confession. Bound Beauty almost didn’t happen. Beware, because I’m about to dip into the business side of writing. Sometimes in an author’s career, we have to drop projects. The fact of the matter is publishing books costs money. And when you get little to no returns on what is essentially an investment, it doesn’t make sense to continue that project, right? That’s how I felt about Bound Beauty. I’ve attempted writing it for over a year now. At first, I had no clue why I struggled to find my story. The chapters I started out with ended up going into a revised and expanded ending of Scarred. Many months and two books later, I seriously considered abandoning Volume 3. Besides cost factors, I didn’t think anyone would care that much. Until I realized I would care. I wanted to finish the trilogy for my characters and for the love I still have for this story.
Third confession. If you thought we were done with the world of Wylder Tales, you’d be mistaken. Fans of Silver Hollow can expect to visit Wylderland in modern times with Amie, Arthur, and company. Wylder Tales is now officially part of my expanded universe for Silver Hollow and the Borderlands Saga. (Keep an eye out for Easter eggs while reading Bound!) What I’ve learned writing my first trilogy has shown me what to do and what to avoid. Every novel I write is a learning experience. For that reason alone, I’ll always love the world and characters of Wylder Tales. Sometimes we tell stories, not for money or fame, but because we love them.
(A Wylder Tale #3)
By Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook
December 21st 2018
Beware the bond between blood and beasts…
Vynasha has united the warring human and forgotten clans of Wylderland, claiming her power as curse breaker. Her brother, Ceddrych keeps their nephew safely hidden away while Vynasha and her new allies fight against the feral beasts roaming their borders.
Meanwhile, her friendship with the Iceveins family deepens, unveiling a love she never expected. But her majik is still bound to the cursed prince she left behind and he isn’t done fighting for her soul.
Darker forces are drawn to Vynasha’s light and shades haunt her waking dreams. A war is about to begin, between the forgotten people of Wylderland and the evil power of Bitterhelm.
Prophecy and Forgotten unite in the epic third chapter of the Wylder Tales Series, a gothic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.
The Wylder Tales Series
Craving Beauty (Vol. 1)
Wolfsbane’s Daughter (Vol. 1.5)
Scarred Beauty (Vol. 2)
Bound Beauty (Vol. 3)
Other Books in the Series
About the Author
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of two series—Heaven’s Edge and Wylder Tales—and the stand-alone titles Stay and Silver Hollow.
PRIZE PACK #1: Print copies of Wylder Tales Vol 1-2 along with a “Gothic fairytale” themed basket. (US only.)
PRIZE PACK #2: $10 Amazon eGift Card and winner’s choice of two of the author’s ebooks (if a novella series is pickes, i.e. Heaven’s Edge, then all three novellas will be included). (Open internationally.)
Ends December 12, 2018