Blog Hop: work in progress

15/06/2014 17:34

I have been tagged in a blog hop by the lovely Joanne Hall, whose novel The Art of Forgetting: Nomad is now out! If you haven’t met the series, go and get The Art of Forgetting: Rider first – you won’t regret it.

What makes this blog hop so special and different from all the other thousands out there is that it gives YOU an enticing first glimpse into an author’s future work, long before it hits the bookshelves, or in this case before it even hits the publishers. I’m hoping it will give you some insight into the process, as well as being an enjoyable poke around the insides of my head.

Seven questions about my current WIP, before I nominate others…


I’m going to talk about Desert Sands and Silence, which is my current novel in the Green Sky series. It’s only on the first chapter at the moment so on 2300 words, but should end up at about 35,000.

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My main character is Moel, who is fictional.


2. When and where is the story set?

It’s set in the Green Sky world, in the land of Orei, which is a desert country with two main cities: Belmont, beautiful and sophisticated, political and complex; and Huish, a centre of learning and study, at the forefront of the new scientific discoveries. It’s set about two years after the events in Green Sky & Sparks.


3. What should we know about him/her?

Moel is a runner, taking urgent messages across the desert between Belmont and Huish. She’s never liked people; her home in Huish is taken up by the conflict between her daughter and son-in-law, and her stays in Belmont are spent avoiding the tangled politics and backstabbing of the city. She lives for the emptiness of the desert, the rhythms of the day and night, the simplicity of the travel – and the lack of human contact.


4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

On a desert run, she crosses paths with a group of engineers from Meton, who are there to survey the landscape for a new spark line across the desert. But when she reaches Belmont, the group has vanished. As the best available desert runner, Moel’s assigned to take the investigator from Meton out into the desert and find out what’s happened…


5. What is the personal goal of the character?

To keep running and avoid all the complications that human interaction brings…


6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Desert Sands and Silence; I have put some information on the Green Sky pages, plus a draft of some of the first chapter!


7. When can we expect the book to be published?

As it’s the sixth in the series, if we keep up current progress it would be June 2016.


Pass the baton on!

I nominate one of the Swindon Freewriters, Jamie Rowell, to talk about his WIP.

My fellow Kristell-Inker, Sophie E Tallis, has already done the hop – go and check her work out!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.