At twenty-four and suffering from emelesia, a rare disorder, aviatrix Voi Román is in a pickle: by her twenty-fifth birthday the natural supplements she takes to manage her condition will no longer be enough; soon, she must be admitted into a mental asylum.
Running on her last drop of optimism, a solution presents itself when a questionable government agent visits her home. He offers her a cure, though not without a price.
Tentative at first, Voi soon takes his offer, embarking on a journey of self-discovery. A disturbing truth about emelesia emerges, and before Voi knows it she is swept up in a whirlwind of arcane occult practices, experimental aerocraft technology, aerial espionage, and international intrigue.
It’s enough to make a girl go mad. Though, Voi’s sanity isn’t the only thing she risks losing…
About the WIP:
Element 7 is a dieselpunk! (epic?) fantasy series (I’d like to write two separate trilogies) that explores the use of elemental magic (or what I prefer to call elementalism) and psychic abilities (mentalism), among other things. My first trilogy will be set in a world inspired by a mishmash of elements from the turn of the twentieth century up to the early 1940s–replete with airships, primitive (and one not-so-primitive) planes, increasingly fringe theories about a most mysterious thing called the “aether”…even a League of Nations-type organization!
This project first started as an exercise in worldbuilding and character development (in that order) and is now largely focused on the transformation of Voi’s character in particular, though rest assured: there is plenty of outlandish adventure to be had. The unedited version of the manuscript for my first novel (tentative title The Elementalist: Rise of Hara, Book I) hovers just under the 200K mark, but trust me, I’m working on that. If all else fails…it’s safe to say that the story itself will be epic in scope.
The first book has been a slow-cooker thus far, and since I’m hoping this will be my debut novel I want it to be darn good.
Woo-hoo! So I recently finished my structural edits to make sure everything lined up plot-wise. (Intricate story!) Now, I’m going to revisit and improve a few scenes I felt were so-so. Not sure how long this will take, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s until the summer, seeing as to how I’m working on starting my own business! After that, it’s on to getting feedback from beta readers.
Looking for a better idea of the flavor of Element 7? Why, then, take a look below!
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To get a sense of the world this story takes place in, check out my short story “Betrayal” (876 words), which I wrote as an exercise in flash fiction. It’ll give you a brief look at some of my main characters: Ronny Callahan, a clairvoyant intelligence agent, as well as his (former) companion Kyra Feruupa. Also, check out my Pinterest board for my main characters!