This month, Bethany A. Jennings, aka @simmeringmind, is hosting #WipJoy, a month-long hashtag challenge for writers to share what gives them joy about their work in progress!
Today is Day One, and the prompt is to introduce your WIP! To kick things off, I decided to give an in-depth preview of Raptor Uprising here on the blog!
A rift in dimensions has marooned people and animals from every era of earth’s history together on a rugged tropical island. In the fifty years since humans first appeared on Isla Rasa, civilizations have been formed and rivalries established… old cultures grappling with new destinies in the shadow of the “Origin World” – our world.
The protagonist and primary point of view character in Raptor Uprising is Oz Rivera, an immigrant from the Fringe Territories – the lawless and barren west where settlers chose to homestead in isolation instead of joining with society. When raptors killed his parents, Oz learned the hard way that people need other people to survive – which is why he left the Fringe and swore himself to service in the Echo Valley Raptor Cavalry.
All Oz wants to do is protect people, but rogue enemies have discovered new technologies, and combat is evolving. When Oz uncovers a dangerous conspiracy – at the center of which is a man-eating dinosaur the likes of which settled territory has never seen – it’s clear that Echo Valley, and Oz Rivera, will never be the same.
The first draft of Raptor Uprising is finished and currently going through revision! It’s my target to get the book in the hands of beta readers and editor in the first quarter 2017.
One of the best parts of writing Raptor Uprising has been world-building a setting where extinct animals play an integral part in human culture. The incredibly talented Randi Lynn Jackson is collaborating with me on illustrations for the series, and we’ve really enjoyed bringing Isla Rasa to life!
For this illustration, I asked Randi to depict one of the traveling merchants from patchwork cultures who might come through Echo Valley – nomadic traders that carry everything they need on the backs of their tame triceratops*.
(*This guy is a trike/styracosaurus “mule”, before any of my dino nerds start fact checking. 😉 )
… isn’t that AWESOME?! As a writer, there’s nothing better than seeing your world come to life. Randi is gifted at taking the ideas and bringing visual detail and vibrancy to the illustrations. She does illustration on commission, and she’s awesome to work with! You can find her @randilynn_jackson.
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