Publication Date: April 12, 2016
For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
How does the author plot her books in a series? Does she outline or simply start writing and plot later? Does she treat each project the same?
I wrote the first book in The Never Veil Series, Nobody’s Goddess, without an outline. I had a few scenes I knew I wanted to include (pulled from an older shelved manuscript), but discovering what was going on was just as much a surprise to me as it was (I hope) to my readers. Nevertheless, that book went through many revisions, so in some ways, I wish I’d had an outline. I’m not sure I would have come up with everything that made it into the final version on my own, though, as I had beta readers, my former agent and editors to help.
I wrote an outline for Nobody’s Lady and Nobody’s Pawn, Books Two and Three in the series, soon after I signed on with my then-agent. We discussed the possibility of making my book a series, and although I tried to make it stand on its own, I knew I had more story to tell. The outline would make it possible for him to show any interested editors my plans for the series in case they were interested in buying the whole trilogy at once. That’s exactly what happened, but it was a full year and a half after I first wrote the outlines that my publisher accepted them and I was able to justify spending the time writing these manuscripts. While I did veer off-outline on occasion, the final products are largely what I had planned, and it was such a relief to have those plot points mapped out so I knew where I was going ahead of time. Nobody’s Lady went through significantly fewer revisions because of that. (Nobody’s Pawn is still going through revisions, so we’ll see if that’s the case for that one as well!)
I started adopting the outline-first approach for all my manuscripts after that because the outline proved less difficult to write than I anticipated and I also had to shelve a manuscript that was near the ending because I hadn’t plotted the story and I was utterly stuck at the climax. Sometimes I allow myself to write a chapter or two without an outline when an idea pops into my head to get a feel for the characters and world, and I often let myself go off-outline if something better occurs to me while I’m writing, but I still like having that outline to fall back on. The Never Veil Series is the only entire series I’ve plotted so far, but I’m happy I knew how Book Three was going to end before I even started Book Two because it helped me start planting the seeds for the series’ conclusion early on. (I even went back and put some additional details in Book One before publication to tie it all together.) In the future, if I write more series, I’ll definitely follow a similar approach.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
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