Yes, I know I answered these questions a bit ago, but another writing friend asked me to give it another go so I am going to talk about a different project.
What am I working on at the moment?
Along with my previously mentioned WIP, the next book in the Novels of Rhynan series, I am working on finishing an old project. Zezilia Ilar's story, currently titled Living Sacrifice, is a contemporary of Wren in my writing journey. Begun as an attempt to write something that a traditional Christian publishing house would be interested in publishing, I quickly discovered that I had yet again wandered outside traditional expectations.
In a world where those who manipulate thoughts and matter with only the mind and the seventh born son is the strongest talent of all, Zezilia is her father's ultimate disappointment. Born seventh, the first girl after six sons, she has spent her whole young life seeking to earn her father's love. Now about to begin her fifteenth year, she has reached the age of marriage. If she can make a politically profitable match, perhaps her father would overlook her gender and approve of her at least a bit.
Hadrian Aleron was born a seventh son of a seventh son. As the strongest Talent in fourteen generations, he appears destined to claim the second most powerful position in the land of Pratinus, Sept Son. As overseer of the Talented citizens, he would be molding the next generations and influencing the direction of the country. The only obstacle to this grand and glorious future comes from within. Hadrian professes to follow the Almighty, an unpopular deity in a country devoted to worshiping a goddess.
Prompted by the sudden manifestation of talent in Zezilia, Hadrian's old training master insists that Hadrian do something about training Zezilia. Confronted by her obvious potential, Hadrian agrees. Zezilia is thrust into a world unlike she has never know, learning how to use her new found talent and discovering the truth about the Almighty God her training master serves. Hadrian meanwhile takes up the mantle of Sept Son and faces the greatest battle of his life, living a public life in a spiritual battlefield. Each struggles toward a unseen goal. Only the Almighty knows the purpose as they learn how to become a Living Sacrifice.
At over 140,000 words in I need to finish the book soon so I can publish it. Zez and Hadrian's stories need to be read.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Written in alternating first person with mental "sent" conversations interspersed with normal spoken conversations, the book doesn't seem like anything I have read to date.
I was inspired a bit by the Firebird Saga, but did not try to replicate the world. Pratinus is a colony on another world that has gone through a time of chaos and rejection of technology. The world displays Roman influences in their words, names, architecture, and some of their fashions, but it is not ancient Rome. Only the remaining genetic modifications (Talents) remain to indicate that they had once been technologically advanced.
Why do I write what I do?
Because it interests me. In this case, I feel I need to finish what I started. Perhaps the Lord has a purpose for prodding me to finish it now. I don't know. I just know I can't get Zez's story out of my head.
How does my writing process work?
In this case, the process has been mostly finished. I was inspired to write something about a science fiction future, ended up with more of a regressive-science-fiction story line. Once the passage in Romans appeared as a theme, I had more direction and focus, but I am still not completely sure how this story is going to end, except that the two main characters will get together in the end. Almost everything I write ends up with a bit of romance in it. ;)