Friday, October 16, 2015

Beautiful Books | The Tholus Trilogy: Book 1

Guess what everyone? Beautiful Books is back! And by back I mean it's back on the Paperfury blog (an all time favourite blog of mine). I haven't done Beautiful Books yet but I'm really excited to!
This time of year they halt Beautiful People and doing Beautiful Books for the sake of all people doing Nanowrimo and even for those people who're just writing and want to talk about their work of art.
I'm participating in Nano for the first time this year as an attempt to become more disciplined with writing. For one thing, I need to have a book ready to pitch this February as I'll be making my first attempt at publication of a novel!
My amazing friend, Victoria from StoriTori has been helping me with every procrastinator's worst nightmare—*whispers* scheduling. One of those things on the schedule is blogging more frequently. Beautiful Books will help me with that. 

I'm choosing to do the first book, which is currently unnamed, from my Tholus (the 'h' is silent) Trilogy. It used to be called "The Dome" but because of confusion with Stephan King's "Under the Dome", I had to get creative ;)

But enough of that. Onwards to the questions! 

How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I came up with the idea while sitting at the kitchen island with
my mom and my friend, Kendall. I was staring at the picture over there *points to picture* and said out loud, "How cool would it be to write a story about a flooded city? Or a city that's about to be completely flooded? What if all the people have to escape before it floods?" The questions came from a recent article I read about underwater hotels that were in development. 

I shelved the idea since I was working on another project but brought it back the next week when I entered a novel writing contest. Even though I pulled out halfway through, the time I spent on it was enough to solidify a premise. 

It's been about three years since that happened. Now the idea is being revisited for a makeover and complete drafting :D

Why are you excited to write this novel?
The Bermuda Triangle and other pseudoscientific conspiracies have always fascinated me. To fictionally explain one of them makes me a little giddy. I can't wait to complete my own explanation of why the planes and boats keep disappearing. Plus, my characters have been staring at me for some time now, begging me to write their story. *glances at them*

What is your novel about, and what is the title?
As I mentioned above, my novel is about the Bermuda Triangle. Kimerly Hayes, my MC, boards a plane bound for Bermuda that's pulled down into the ocean. There she discovers a city—not Atlantis, but Tholus—where superhuman abilities are part of how the city functions. However Kim isn't interested in abilities or underwater cities. She wants to go home. As she searches for a way out, she uncovers secrets and conspiracies about Tholas's history and very existence that threaten her life and the lives of ever citizen. 
Three cheers for coming up with that description in five minutes. Not too shabby, eh? 
As for the title, it's currently title-less. Thanks a lot Stephan King. *shakes fist at him* Oh well. More creative brainwork for me. 

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
I have a pretty large cast so I'll just focus on the five main protagonists and one of my antagonists.


Matt—Assertive (His Character Interview)

Isaac (he has shorter hair though)—Skeptical 



Louis—Apathetic (His Beautiful People Post)

Meet Erik
Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
I love Kim. She's my POV character and I love her. She's got a little bit of sarcastic sass that makes her interior monologues really fun to write. I also love her inner journey and can't wait to see her blossom as a person. 
Louis is my next favourite to write about. He's my twisted scientist. Any of my friends would agree that twisted is a good word to describe him. Despite his...experiments, he's somehow a character you can't help but love. 
Lastly, there's Erik. He's not super important in the first book but I can't wait to introduce him. He's another villain of mine who has a mansion in the forrest. He works in the museum and is infatuated with art from 'Up There' (land). 

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Kim wants to go home. However first she needs to find out if that's even possible. 
Because she skips class to find out some important tidbits, she gets in trouble with Louis and also the Council. 
Internally, she has some confidence issues. While she covers them up with her pride, her lack of self-confidence often gets in her way and prevents her from finding things out that could help her. 
On top of that, she's not the most sociable person. This is a pretty big obstacle since getting out of Tholas isn't a one man job.

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
Tholas is positioned at the bottom of the ocean in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. It's protected by a large dome that has a city, lake and forrest that loops in a ring around the edge of the dome.
City skyline I modled Tholas after

What is the most important relationship your character has?
This is an interesting question. I think I'd have to say the one she has with her parents. While you never see them in the book, she thinks about them a lot in interior monologue. When she thinks of going home, she often thinks of her parents. It's a driving force in her journey. 

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Kim isn't totally sure of herself yet but she's beginning to gain a bit of boldness. She's also got a group of friends around her that she's starting to love. She wants to protect them and would risk her life trying to save them. Also, her independence is still there but she now has learned to lean on others too. 

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Still trying to figure this one out. I think it will come more to me as I write. So far my thematic ideas are friendship and trust, how society and people masks their flaws, fear vs. love as a driving force, the dangers of curiosity, and where and how a person finds their worth. 
Some of those themes are themes for the whole trilogy and they'll be more prevalent in the sequels than in the first book.
I want my readers to be left thinking but I'm still trying to figure out what type of thinking. 

BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
1. Write
2. Write
3. Don't stop writing

Even 500 words is good. And also, word war! Find some writer buddies to word war with. 
As a university student, I squeeze in 250 words on the bus to school and 250 back. Then if I try to get up to 1k or 2k depending on homework.

Write on, fellow writers! We got this! If you did Beautiful Books, let me know! If not, feel free to tell me about your novel in the comments below. I'd love to here about it :) 


  1. I'm so excited that you're doing NaNo! ^ ^ I love writing with you and I can't wait to see Tholus book 1 become a full first draft! :D :D :D

    1. Woot, woot! Can't wait for Tholus to be completed either! It must happen. *pounds fist into palm of hand*
      We shall war every day all throughout NaNo!

  2. Wow, this sounds fascinating! o_o The Bermuda Triangle has always fascinated me in a creepy sort of way, and a novel based on it is a unique idea. Kim sounds like fascinating character. In fact, it looks like all the characters will be awesome.
    And kudos to you for doing NaNo! It's quite a dedication, and I hope you manage to win. *throws fairy dust on you*

    1. Thank you! I hope you're right about all the characters being awesome ^ ^
      It's certainly a dedication that I'm willing to test myself on. *draws sword* I'm up for it!
      *spins around in the fairy dust*

  3. This sounds really cool. I've always thought the Bermuda Triangle would be really fun to write about, and I love the whole "city under the sea" idea. Plus, your characters are super cute. ^.^

    Good luck with NaNo!!

    1. Thank you so much ^ ^ And yeah, it's pretty fun to write about ;)
      Sometimes I want to board a plane to see if it will get pulled down but then I remember that involves dying XD Or does it? Dun, dun, dun!

  4. I love the idea of the flooded city! I just watched Atlantis with my little cousin last night, so I'm kind of picturing that right now. I wish you the best of luck with NaNo. I'm following you now on Bloglovin' so I can't wait to see some updates!

    Ely of Tea & Titles

    1. Whoa, really? I was talking about Atlantis with my friend last night too! I haven't watched it yet but she said it would be great story inspiration for Tholus.
      Thank you so much! And thanks for the follow :D

  5. A flooded city would be so cool! And a flooded city with a lake AND a forest? So cool. I think twisted scientists are super cool, but you very rarely get someone who's super lovable and twisted. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! Yeah I was pretty shocked to end up loving him too XD

  6. Omo! IU is your inspiration for Kim. Love it. She's awesome. If you want to see her being a bit less cutesy (cause that's her normal character in dramas) you should watch The Producers (if you haven't already). Might give you some character inspiration :)

    Also, I've always love the Bermuda Triangle/Atlantis myths. So this story sounds pretty epic. Your whole cast of characters seems really intriguing! I think the unlikeable guy that you end up liking is always the most interesting character, whether you intend to make him like that or not! Great story idea!

    1. Oooo, thank you! I will have to do that! Thank you so much!
      I'm hoping the final draft can be as epic as the story sounds ^ ^
      Thanks so much for the kind words and for stopping by :)