It’s been raining off and on here since last night. It seems like it’s been raining every day since I can’t remember when. I’m tired of it and will be glad when the ground is dry and the creeks are passable again, but in the meantime I’ve been writing.
When I’m writing ficiton, it’s hard to write non-fiction, and the reverse is true too. So if there are less blog posts here than before, that’s why. I’ve been working on an urban fantasy novel.
Bounty Hunter is set in a dystopian Ozarks and there will be alternate realms, too, because one of the characters moves between them to get around. I’m 14,710 words into it now and by the time I write “The End” there should be close to 125,000.
Trey and DRSS are the main characters. They’re bounty hunters for a government agency called ARSA. A third main character (the main character from my short story No Qualms) will be introduced later on in the book, possibly not until the second book.
Here’s my 50-word synopsis:
Treya signs on to be an ARSA agent- a bounty hunter. Criminals are hunted to grub stage, which means they need to be killed three times to force the lowest incarnation. What Treya doesn’t know is that she’s on a hit list, too, and the hunter will become the hunted.
Some of the scenes from this book are inspired by photos I’ve taken over the years. Here’s one that inspired a scene in the alternate realm where Treya has pursued her pursuer.
If you’d like to read the first two chapters of Bounty Hunter (and give me some feedback on how you like it), join my private FB group. The first two chapters are loaded into the files section and I’ll load the rest of them as I finish them. Or email me and I’ll send it to you that way.
Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.