Katherine Bogle's debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World's Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.
I’m so excited to share this with you all! I started working on this cover literally months ago, and damn has it ever come far! The process will deserve an entire post in itself, but for now, here is the cover!
A year ago today I wrote a post called “In the Works”. Since it’s been a year, I figured it was about dang time I wrote a new one, and let you guys know all about what mischief I’m currently getting into!
Three hundred years ago when humanity needed it most, the alien corporation swept humans away from their mundane world, and gave them hope. But that hope came with a price in the form of clones, saving the human race from extinction by disease. With the technology to transport one’s consciousness from body to body, the Dominion has profited endlessly. But when Selene and the captain of her international smuggling crew go on a mission to save the animals experimented on by the Dominion, their subsequent chase through the city gets more attention than intended. When their pursuit knocks Selene’s head against the back of their hovercraft, the trauma brings back a past long forgotten, one that might hold the key to the sudden disappearance of natural-born humans.
When images of stark labs, human experiments and torture come back to Selene, she wonders if these dreams could be a nightmare from the twenty years she’s lost. But when every mission starts to go wrong, and humans start dropping like flies, Selene suspects someone on the inside might be selling information on her crew’s exploits. If the Dominion is really the enemy, and no one can be trusted, then who can she turn to? With the Dominion on her trail, and the mysteries that inform her dreams mounting, Selene may not live long enough to find out.
First 250 Words:
Dangling from the open hovercraft door, Selene wondered if the lab security had any idea what was about to happen. It was late, well past midnight. They had spent the last few days staking out the low security facility on the very edge of the city. It was a fairly large building, with small security bots sweeping the yard. All was quiet, aside from the low thrum of the hover propellers.
“Stick to the plan.” Selene took stock of the dark roof one last time before she stepped back inside, meeting her partner’s all to knowing gaze. At the front of the cockpit sat the captain of their small smuggling operative.
Rikkard Gunnar was a handsome man, with messy dark hair, tan skin and striking cold blue eyes. She’d been part of his team for three years, and still she found it hard to break through his cool demeanor.
“Don’t I always?” Selene couldn’t help but grin.
Rikkard rolled his eyes and turned back to the control panel before him. He clicked around the ship’s navigation system until the hovercraft began to lower. They were at least fifty feet up from the building, a black smudge in the otherwise starry night sky. He’d have to hide their ship while she was inside or risk being seen by lab security.
“Twenty minutes should do it,” she said, turning from her captain and back to the open door. The wind whipped at her black and green wig.
It’s been awhile! I know I’ve been a bit quiet since NaNoWriMo ended, but that’s because there are some big things in the works!
Since NaNo was my last update, I’ll start there. I did win NaNo, finishing a little about 50k, bringing The Aldar Dominion to completion at 82k. This of course is only the first draft and is currently being worked on by myself and my AMAZING new critique partners. I’m very excited to have TAD coming along so well, and I hope to begin querying sometime in February.
So how is everyone doing this week?! The first week of NaNo is up (technically was on Sunday), so how are your word counts looking? Are you still in the zone? Does the inspiration just FLOW FROM YOUR PORES or are you starting to flag a little?
Let’s be honest, a lot of people fall into one or all of these categories or have at least some point during the week. So to show everyone that you’re not alone, I’ve decided to give some thoughts on how each day has gone for me!
Today will be a short post (maybe). I wanted to go over a bit about what I’ve been working on lately (in case anyone is actually interested).
For those of you who know me, you know I’ve been writing or am writing 3 different books:
Sanctum – YA/NA, science fiction, fantasy
Haven – YA, fantasy
The Aldar Dominion – NA, science fiction
For details on these books, please visit the My Novels page.
These books mean the world to me, and I am always working on them, even after they’re “done”. What can I do though now that the book is over (you make ask)? Well, I can edit! And edit and edit and edit some more!! Seriously there is a lot of editing involved.
With Sanctum, I edited the book through 6 TIMES and I’m still not done. I’ve had 2 beta readers edit, and I’ve done many rounds of my own editing. After all that work I left Sanctum alone for over a year. (I wrote it back in 2011-2012, edited from 2012-2014.) I left it alone because I was too involved in it. I knew the story too well. On September 18th I decided to have a look at it again because I knew it needed more work before it was publishable. Boy was I right! Re-reading this after writing a whole novel and 1/3 of another I realized that this book was BAD! Not story wise, but the writing is too drawn out and has too much detail. There are a plethora of awkward sentences and weird descriptions. IT IS TERRIBLE! BUT I’m glad that I left it alone because now I understand the rejection, I understand why Sanctum didn’t place higher in the World’s Best Story contest, and I understand why I couldn’t find an agent to take it on.
Looking back on it I’m sorry for submitting this to people, because boy I hate it. But… I am more excited than ever to go back and work on it (imagine that)! So that is what’s been up with Sanctum – I have been editing the absolute CRAP out of it! I’ve been flinging sentences left and write, and utterly DESTROYING IT! It’s actually very therapeutic.
On to Haven! I finished Haven earlier this year (August 1st actually!). I had already been editing Haven as I went, along with my beta reader (Shelyse Richard <3). After her edits were done, I waited a few days and did a detailed edit through of my own. Then I did another. Then I got notes from my next beta reader, and now I’m working on those edits, as they are still coming. (She’s re-reading for proofing.) Haven has also been submitted to two international competitions, including the World’s Best Story contest, and the Bath Children’s Novel Award. I’ve also been querying Haven (unsuccessfully so far) and recently participated in #pitmad where I had 3 requests for submission! All in all, the stage I’m at with Haven is just nearing completion, putting the final edits in, polishing things up, and trying to get it out there!
The Aldar Dominionon the other hand is still very much in the works! I usually spend 2-4 days a week writing it, so I’ve only amassed about 40k thus far. But I’m working on! This novel is a bit different as well. Like Sanctum, it will be longer. It’s more of a new adult sci-fi novel, so there is a LOT of jam pack into one book! I’m very excited about it though, and loving the writing process! As the outline itself is 10k, you can be assured this is a well plotted and soon to be epic novel!
That’s it for now guys! I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about what I’m doing lately!
Stay classy internet!
Join my Newsletter!
To join Katherine Bogle's newsletter and be the FIRST to get access to contests, free excerpts, special deals, news on upcoming titles, events, free books, and more, SIGN UP now! You will NEVER receive spam by signing up, but you will receive a lot of cool stuff.