Today I want to share with you how well the editing of 'Sword of the Crown' is coming along. We are on track for a mid-February release! I do find it interesting that even though I wrote it over six months ago, I still chuckle at the funny parts. This new book has quite a few humorous scenes, for Beverly is a character who tends to speak her mind frequently. When we are working on editing it, whoever is reading, speaks out loud, making sure to infer the right tone to the characters. We often have to stop for a chuckle break. For example, here is a small little preview for you. To set up the scene, Beverly, when she is sixteen, is MADE to travel with a chaperone to visit her uncle.
“I don’t know why you have to wear that thing,” her new 'best friend' said in disgust.
Beverly looked down at the sword strapped to her waist. “This?” she asked innocently.
“Yes, it’s not very ladylike. Why do you insist on wearing it?”
“Because my warhammer is too awkward in the carriage,” she said, smiling.
There is also an element of sadness at times, for many things have to happen to Beverly along the way to mold her into the great knight she becomes. Recently, we were reading through a particularly poignant scene, and Carol had to stop because she was crying so hard. I took over, but I must admit that it was hard to read, and I too had to stop for a moment or two to collect myself. It definitely was a hard scene to write, but you truly understand who Beverly is and what drives her after reading it. I look forward to hearing if my readers can figure out what scene I am talking about when we release the book in February.
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.