March 24, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
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So, what is my current work in progress, you ask?
I’m writing a series set in the Viking age!
I’ve been holding off on telling people too much about the plot because I’m not sure when the books will finally be published. As I’ve explained in a couple other posts (Breaking the Rules and I’m writing about Vikings), Christian publishers are not interested in novels set in the Viking age – YET!
After doing research, my opinion is that the Viking age was very similar to the Medieval period. For my series, The Tavland Sagas, I created a fictional island just above Ireland. Set around the year 1000, my goal is to give people a sense of what life was really like for the Vikings. Plus plenty of adventure and romance!
I’ve already finished the first manuscript (more on that later!), so I’ll tell you about the one I’m currently working on, which is actually book 2. I’m hoping to have the rough draft done by the end of March, which will give me a month to edit it before I hand it over to my writing coach.
Tavland Sagas Book 2 Summary: When Kadhrin, a chieftain’s daughter from the south, agrees to marry Waldemar, she assumes he’ll become the next king of Tavland. She marries him with high hopes of influencing modern changes to the small country, but soon realizes Waldemar is not interested in making her dreams a priority.
Waldemar feels trapped, knowing that he must support his cousin’s rule but wishing he could take his place as king. No one understands why he refuses to wrench the kingship from his cousin, and the few who know his real reason do not agree with his decision to step aside.
Kadhrin’s bondmaid, Torvi, was taken from her family at age fourteen. While living out her bond, she struggles with missing her family and her freedom. Because she cannot marry, she must deny herself a romance with Alrik, an archer in the city’s Tower Guard and the only link she has to her childhood.
Over the course of a year Waldemar and Kadhrin’s marriage grows more strained. How can they lead their people if they can’t be united? Soon all four characters are drawn into a political intrigue that will challenge their loyalty to each other and change the country forever.
+++ Over the next few months I’ll be posting more information on Viking culture and history. I’m hoping my first Viking novel will be released by the end of the year, so stop back by and visit me soon!
I’m also currently working on some short stories which my publisher, Helping Hands Press, has asked me to write. The first series I’m a part of is The Wells Fargo Express, and the other is the San Francisco Wedding Planner.
I get to focus on one character from each series and write a bit of their backstory, which should be released this summer!