The outline is done (and I never do outlines before I write), and after weeks of struggling, I finally got the 2nd chapter under wraps. This story is definitely going slower than my others have.(babies disrupt ease of writing novels, that's for sure - specially when you still have a part time job). It'll be a while before it's written, but I wanted to give you all a little taste of what it's about.
The title: DEVIATIONS
I came up with the idea one day reading Colossians 2:13-15
"And you, who were dead in you trespasses...God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands."
I started thinking about those words; about a list of all our sins existing with its demands for punishment. And as I was mulling that over, I thought: What if there was a world where there was a literal list of your sins? And you had to stand trial for them?
And thus, the book was born.
The story is based on themes like these:
My main character is Lennan.
Dabbles in trading things.
Really good at reading people.
Can't seem to stop lying.
Fiercely protective of her baby brother.
Another main character is Blythe.
Anything but gentle.
Brutally honest (and thrives on it)
Pent on vengeance
Then there's Amos:
May be hiding a thing. Or two. Or ten.
Annoys the crap out of Lennan.
Then there's Griffin:
Riddled with tattoos of those he's hurt.
Makes a living by hurting people, oddly enough.
I love this story (even though it's not written yet). It has lots of things.
A city where the laws are engraved in the walls.
The hope of redemption for each of them.
If this book were published, and you were to pick it up, here's what it would say on the back:
Stay tuned for more!
Before Lennan Eastley was born, her trial date was set. Everyone gets one in their seventeenth year. Lennan’s is set for two weeks after her birthday. Her Deviation List will be read. From the biggest offense, to the smallest thing - everything she will ever do wrong is on that list. Her trial will determine her punishment.
But when Lennan gets to trial, her deviation list is missing. Now her government is accusing her of treason, and wants to try her for leading a rebellion in a future she hasn’t lived yet. Lennan knows there’s no way she can be who they say; she’d never compromise her life and those she loves to betray her government. But without her list, proving her innocence is impossible.
Determined to find the truth, Lennan begins making choices she never thought she’d make and doing things she always swore she’d never do. Maybe her government is right. Maybe she really will lead a rebellion and murder thousands. Now Lennan doesn’t know what’s true. About her country. About herself.
She’s going to be guilty of something. She just doesn’t know what yet.
Stay tuned for more!