Novel draft complete

Stone Heart Draft
The first draft, complete with chapter tabs so I can keep track of the story elements.

The novel draft is done!

I did it! It has taken approximately 14 months, but I have finished the first draft of Stone Heart.

There’s an awful lot of work left to do now – start editing, fixing plot points I already know don’t work as well as I had hoped they would, fire it off to my editor, send copies to my beta readers, edit it some more, send it back to my editor and beta readers, edit it some more… and then edit it again.

But not since publishing Rider have I felt so good about a completed novel. I will certainly be enjoying a glass of wine this evening!

So what’s it all about?

I can’t say too much yet, given that some of the elements of the story may change during the editing process, but I’ve put together a draft synopsis (that bit at the back of the book). It still needs an injection of… something, but for now, this is it:

Ireland. Where legends are born.

Following the raiding skirmishes of an invading nation, Ireland forms its first ever standing army. Made up of the boys of its uniting tribes, they train not just to fight, but to win.

Young Áed finds himself far from his family, training and working in a hillfort that overlooks the North. With his best friend, Rónán, they grow and learn together:

What it means to fight, and what it means to love.

But as they grow into the legends they are duty-bound to become, not even the druids will have the power to stop the course of destiny.

So there you have it. I’m going to lock the novel in a desk drawer for a week so that I can come back to it for the editing process with a fresh mind.

Wish me luck!

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