Two weeks too late! I completely missed last Wednesday (the day that this post was supposed to come out). After all, I did promise one post per week giving an insight into each chapter of The Monk’s Curse. On this note, I have two confessions to make.
Firstly, I have realised what a dismal show this topic of blog posts has put on. I promised behind the scenes and I delivered teasers. So, this week I will endeavour to correct that.
My second confession is that I am drowning under the work of being a self-published author. Not only has this kept me away from Twitter, and blogging, but it has brought all my works to a grinding halt. A book that was supposed to be published at the start of this month is get published two weeks too late. Other books that were planned for release this month will probably have to be moved on to next month. Alas, that is the price for trying to juggle so much at once.
But, onto the chapter
This is the unravelling of the tantalising plot. This is the chapter where two pivotal characters meet and where three key bits of information are passed on. Behind the scenes, this was the chapter that lulled me out of the comfort of my seat-of-the-pants writing style. That is, unlike previous chapters, I could not write this one without any planning.
Because two key characters meet here, it was especially important to decide how much to give away to the reader and to the protagonist as he continued in his search for the truth. In the end, not much was given away. What was given away was a pivotal newspaper article that only led to more intrigue. This was in itself fun to write because not only did it add another dimension and character to the story, more of which came to be elaborated on in other chapters, but because I delved into historical research for it. It took more on a journey deeper into the circumstances of the end of the Romanov Tsardom. It took me on a journey deeper into the end of the House of Medici. And, it took me further into territories of European history unchartered and clouded by the rise of the USSR and its suppression of fact through propaganda. Apart from that, another document was revealed to the protagonist. This was a brochure discussing Ottoman primogeniture. As anyone familiar with this topic know, it is a quagmire of details that are far too obscure for the lay man to understand. As such, it is not fully comprehended by the reader or the protagonist. Nevertheless, as all parts of the story do, it has its place. And that place is something that will come to rock the curse around which the book is centred.
I hope that this blog post has been refreshing. I hope it has been so for me. From here, onward and upward. Until next week.
In my opinion, this has to be one of the most exciting chapters in the entire novel. Of course the Prologue was exciting. As was perhaps Chapter Two – that is, in my opinion. But, like those two chapters, Chapter Five remains a firm favourite of mine, as the author.
Of course my opinion is skewed. But, unlike Chapters Three and Four, this stands with the chapters I mentioned above as one of the key chapters in the novel. As usual, I cannot say much without giving a spoiler. And, I did promise last week that the 31st of May would herald a comprehensive historical companion to The Monk’s Curse. Firstly, I shall keep my first promise – to not spoil much. Unfortunately, I cannot keep my second. Attempting to write a book encompassing all of my research is proving to be tedious. It is filled with historical detail. In any case, it will not release at the end of this month. Perhaps the end of next…
But as historical detail is important to that guide, so it is to this novel. And the detail begins to take shape in this chapter. That is what makes it so exciting. Spurred by discontent and doubt, the protagonist is led to a shocking discovery which will only lead to more shocking historical discoveries. I did promise monasteries and the like in the blurb. This comes close to that promise, but not quite. I also love this chapter because it links back to another of my favourites – the Prologue.
But, let me leave it there. To sum it all up, this chapter propels the novel in the direction it is to take more than any previous chapters. This novel introduces what will come to be the impetus for many important discoveries. This is where the history begins.
My only hope now is that I may deliver a historical companion to all of this, if not for my satisfaction, the hopefully for the readers of The Monk’s Curse.
Today marks the fourth week since my original post promising weekly additions to this blog, mapping out the behind the scenes of each chapter of The Monk’s Curse.
But first, I would like to announce an exciting venture. Writing these posts mean that they have to be strictly spoiler free. This does not make for a very interesting journey. Of course my research is mentioned as the story slowly gets fleshed out in these posts, but there is so much that is held back. To remedy this I shall be releasing a companion guide to The Monk’s Curse on the 31st of May. This guide will focus on the real history that inspired The Monk’s Curse – a novel which has heavy historical detail and background. This guide will be available on Amazon and on Prolific Works, for free.
Now, with that done, and without further ado, behind chapter four!
Unlike Chapter Three, this chapter is quite a lengthy one.
As a chapter, it is the first real delve into the head of the protagonist as he reels in shock, dismay, fear, and confusion after the events and revelations of chapters one and three. This reveals a state of mind that will come to the fore in following parts of the novel. It is also a state of mind that is particularly to note in its similarity to the state of mind of another character later in the book. Most importantly, this state of mind is what sets things in motion as the protagonist is plunged into a search for his truth.
This state is exacerbated by a conversation that the protagonist overhears. Revealing crucial information, it only deepens his desire to search for the truth. And, met with the opportunity in the next chapter, he jumps at it. This leads him to find information that ties back directly to the Prologue.
So, as with the previous chapters, this one sets the scene. It sets the scene for the unravelling of what is to become an intricate tapestry of history – a history that will be explored in the book to release on the 31st.
Until next week.