Jamie Rowell is a member of the Swindon Freewriters, and a writer of fiction and fantasy. One of his current works in progress is a novel of magic and drama, titled Silverlight. He doesn’t currently have his own blog but I’ve read the first few chapters of Silverlight and it’s awesome, so he’s agreed to give some more information on what it’s about…
1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Jasmine Knight, but she prefers Jazz. She’s also fictional.
2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in modern times and is an urban fantasy setting, and as for the story, it’s a fairly global story, with parts in England, Russia, China, South Africa and North America. So, fairly localised and contained, as you can imagine!
3. What should we know about him/her?
She’s a bit hotheaded and antagonistic, has a sly sense of humour, and is extremely sarcastic. On the flip side, she does care about her friends a lot, and isn’t too horrible to them.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The main conflict for Jazz during the course of Silverlight is that she’s lost her memory due to various events, and that she’s also a necromancer, which she can’t remember anything about. Necromancers in the Silverlight universe are feared, as most of them have done horrible things and started wars in the past, so whenever a new one comes up, every wizard tends to try and crack down on them.
As of the start of the story, there’s only two necromancers on the planet, Jazz and a guy named Ramirez, and Jazz wakes up in a burning building with very few memories. As a result, she tries to get her memory back by visiting her old university, only to find everyone massively suspicious of her and not really able to help her, and it’s just great fun to slowly torture her mentally by having her constantly wonder, “Did I do horrible things too? How bad was I as a necromancer?”, all whilst everyone is booing and jeering from the sidelines and trying to kill her off as well at times.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Her main goal is to recover her memory and discover just why she woke up in a burning building that had collapsed around her. She’s trying to piece her life back together, because whilst she can do magic of some kinds on instinct, she’s still struggling to remember what made her unique.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
It’s called Silverlight, and I can occasionally chuck out the first few chapters for someone to read if they want to.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
Whenever I finish the damn thing and send it off to a publisher!