Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.
Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.
But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.
Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.
Interview With Kelly Coon
Hi there, I am super excited to be part of the blog tour for Kelly Coon’s upcoming novel, Warmaidens. Warmaidens is her sophomore novel and sequel to Gravemaidens. It releases on December 15th. She is here today to chat more about Warmaidens and her writing process.
Did you draft Warmaidens before Gravemaidens was released?
YES. Thank goodness I had a rough draft of Warmaidens before Gravemaidens was released. There were no reviews to think about, there were no voices chirping in my ears making me doubt myself. Author Laura Sebastian gave the advice on a podcast episode of Write or Die to draft the sequel as quickly as possible for just that reason, and I took it to heart.
How was your experience different when revising Warmaidens?
Revising was much different than revising Gravemaidens. Much. I knew what connected with the most people. I knew what readers would respond to. There were threads I needed to close and plot issues I needed to expand because I’d gotten a ton of feedback. I went into those revisions with a lot more knowledge than I had while revising Gravemaidens and it was so helpful.
What is your favorite part about being a published author?
It’s connecting with readers and other writers, honestly. The camaraderie I feel when chatting about new books or talking through writing issues with others has been a game-changer for my writing and such a blessing for my life.
What is a genre you would love to explore?
*laughs evilly* Well? I might have already dipped my toe into the wells of YA contemporary and YA thriller. 😉
Do you have any tips for writers who are revising?
Yes! First, get critique partners who will tell you the truth. Sometimes you want someone to cheer you on, but you really need people who will tell you where you’ve messed up, too.
Also, change your text to a different font, adjust the margins, shrink the spacing and PRINT. Most of us are used to reading books formatted as, well, books. It’s easier to see the things that are wrong with your characters and plot if it’s formatted like a story. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve caught with a printed copy, after thinking I had a lovely draft on my computer. That change in perspective is magical. I promise!
Thanks so much for having me, Loie! I appreciate you!
Thank you so much, Kelly! It was so interesting to hear more about your writing process, and about Warmaidens ❤
Don’t forget to check out the virtual launch party. 🙂
Until next time,