My Latest Big Idea

When I was a little girl, I loved reading about princesses.

Okay, so I still love reading about princesses. Historical princesses, fictional princesses…. What girl doesn’t find the idea of royalty a little bit fascinating? Marie Antoinette and Anastasia were always my favorites, but then I loved tragedy from a young age, and I was in kindergarten when the Anastasia animated film came out. It was pretty much my favorite thing for years, and I still say some of the best movie music ever was in that film.

The point is, my nightly reading recently has consisted of the various Royal Diaries books I had in my special collection, The Two Princesses of Bamarre (a lovely little book by the author of Ella Enchanted that I read every time I stumble across it, literally just drop everything and read it on the spot, it’s that good), and the Wheel of Time books (Robert Jordan, rest his soul, although the final book comes out in January and I realized I’m missing books one and three, so I’ll have to go find those so I can have the complete set). On top of that, I’ve been putting my younger brother through watching Peter Jackson’s films of Tolkien’s masterpiece so that he can go see the Hobbit with me in December. He’s a bit older than I was when Lord of the Rings was released in theaters, so it’s kind of exciting.

With all of that fantasy and princess-ness bouncing around in my brain, I was bound to come up with a novel ideal.

Or rather, an idea for a few novels. I arranged the life stories of the princesses I was reading about (the real ones, not the fictional) into a large family tree and thought about how to twist and rearrange things to make it all work out smoothly in a single plot line. Should come out to at least four or five novels when I’m done. I’m working on the Prologue of the first one right now, setting up the beginning of the story. The hardest part is picking out names that feel like a fantasy setting, like a LotR setting.

I don’t know what I’m going to call it yet, but once I get a title idea under wraps, you’ll be hearing me referring to it quite frequently, I think. It’s exciting, having something else to chip away at while other things are slowly falling into place.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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