Battle Song Q&A — An Introduction to My Current Novel

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Sorry this post has been so late in coming! It’s mostly because I feel like I haven’t really made significant progress on Battle Song. I’m in the middle of scene 10 (out of 64), and I’ve written just over 11,000 words. I love my outline, and I love the story, but I still find it hard to actually sit down and write.

But here I am to talk about my novel! In a nice Q&A format that I made up myself.


So…what’s it about?

Good question. It should be easy to come up with a blurb, with all the planning I’ve done, but I still can’t come up with something I’m satisfied with. I’ll keep trying, but here’s what I have for right now:

Amrya il Osamarii is trapped in tradition. Forced to fight and kill, she longs for something besides the ceaseless battles and bloodshed of the mers. Something more. Something like the humans.

After the pain and conflict become too much, she risks all that she has in order to become human–only, the humans aren’t anything like she dreamed. Forced to fight in a war, she continues to seek for peace.

But how can it be found, when forgiveness is impossible?


Where did you get the idea for Battle Song?

This is actually a long story.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might have noticed that Battle Song has evolved a lot.

My very first idea was written down at school, I think. I don’t remember where I got it from, but I had the idea that “the little mermaid trades her beauty instead of her voice”. I was tired of love at first sight, and I wanted a story where people fell in love for someone’s personality, not just how they looked.

Then other stuff got added in, such as warrior mermaid clans and fabulous princes. I became especially fascinated with the mentions of religion in the fairy tale, and I decided that religion would be an important part of the story.

(If you haven’t heard, in the original fairy tale, the merfolk don’t have immortal souls, but the humans though. When the little mermaid becomes human, she has to marry the prince, so that their souls can become one and she can live forever.)

Unfortunately, as I continued to develop it more, I found that both of these aspects became less prominent. I still would love to address the religion aspect as it relates to marriage more in Battle Song, but it just doesn’t work. The conflict just doesn’t work.

When I wrote (or, more accurately, started) Battle Song 2.0, I touched on some really great conflict at the beginning. However, I didn’t realize how important that conflict was at first, still thinking that the main issue of the story was marrying the prince, like the original fairy tale.

Then I began the Snowflake Method, and I realized that the real conflict of the story was about war, forgiveness, and hope. So the conflict became much more internalized–and much more complex, which is awesome and what makes it so exciting!


Who are the main characters?

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From left to right, we have Malena, Rhysdan/Rhys, Amrya, and Aeren.

Although I’d say Amrya is the only actual main character, the others do play their roles. (Plus, I drew this before the others became less important, so that’s why they’re all on there.)

Amrya il Osamarii–

In one word, I’d say she’s conflicted. Throughout the entire story, there are so many different things pressuring her. But she’s also determined and loyal, which is why she’s so great.

Prince Aeren li Sannave–

Aeren is just…awesome. Okay, I’ll come up with a better word. He’s tender. But he’s not necessarily weak; he’ll also fight for those he loves.

(And no, the pineapple shall remain mysterious.)

Princess Malena il Althair–

Malena is a princess from the neighboring island of Sannave. She’s perceptive. And she’s surprisingly kind for who she is and how she grew up, which is awesome.

Prince Rhysdan li Sannave–

Yes, Rhys and Aeren are brothers. Rhys is older. Rhys is resolute. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Sannave and his people safe. Even if that means doing something good. Definitely an ends justify the means kind of guy.

There’s also another awesome character, but he doesn’t have a name yet, so I won’t introduce him. (I also don’t know all that much about him, but he is awesome.)


What do you think will be your favorite part to write?

Oooh, I have several. Of course, I can’t tell you about any of them because of spoilers, but…scenes 37-38, 46-47, 54, and 60 will be quite fun. *grins evilly*



What are your thoughts?

What do you think about Battle Song? Do you have any ideas on how the blurb could be improved? What questions would you add to the Q&A? I’ll try to answer them, if they’re not spoilerous. (Just so you know, spoilerous is probably the best writing word ever. It’s just so fun to say! Spoilerous!)

Oh, and do you like fairy tale retellings? If so, which ones are your favorites?

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16 thoughts on “Battle Song Q&A — An Introduction to My Current Novel

  1. Julia January 22, 2018 / 8:13 PM

    I like the drawing! 😄 And the names are so cool! (I can totally relate to the whole ‘this is awesome, but I don’t really want to sit down and actually WRITE it’ thing 😂)

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    • Lana January 23, 2018 / 3:40 PM

      Thank you! Haha, it’s hard! But I actually did write some yesterday, and it actually turned out fairly well, so I’m somewhat excited to write again today. 🙂

      How is your planning going for your Goose Girl novel?

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  2. Lissa {Classic Girl} January 23, 2018 / 12:55 AM

    Sounds like an awesome boo, and that drawing is sooo cute! Plus who cares WHY the pineapple is there, so long as it IS there?!

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    • Lana January 23, 2018 / 3:39 PM

      Thank you! 😀 And haha, so true! The pineapple is important, but it’s another one of those spoilerous things that I can’t talk about.

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    • Lana January 23, 2018 / 3:44 PM

      Also, do you have a current blog? The link I see says the site no longer exists, but I’d love to see some of your posts if you have another blog! 🙂

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      • Lissa January 23, 2018 / 3:58 PM

        Also would you mind doing me a terribly big favor? Could you click through my profile/link/comment thingy like you did before and see if the link is working now?

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      • Lana January 23, 2018 / 3:59 PM

        Yes, it works now! Thanks for the link also. 🙂

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      • Lissa January 23, 2018 / 4:00 PM

        Yay! Thank you so much! And of course, thank YOU for the interest! Hope you enjoy!

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  3. Kellyn Roth January 29, 2018 / 2:01 PM

    Okay, this is awesome! I knew a lot about Battle Song, I thought, but now I feel like I know the characters a lot better. Maybe it was just the pictures of the characters … very well done, by the way! (I’m so curious about the pineapple!)

    What do you think about Battle Song?:
    It sounds very interesting! I’m really excited for it. I love the story of The Little Mermaid (I mostly know it from the vastly-different Disney version, by y’know!), and I’ve never actually seen a retelling (and I love retellings) so … win-win? And it’s awesome that one of my friends wrote it, too! 😀 So yep, I’m pretty excited.

    Do you have any ideas on how the blurb could be improved?:
    Hmm. Okay, I’m just gonna shoot for the stars and trying editing it. Do you mind? (Not that you can answer … so I’m just gonna go for it.)

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    Amrya il Osamarii is trapped in tradition (I like this!). Forced to fight and kill, she longs for something besides the ceaseless battles and bloodshed of the mers. (Again, 5*s!) Something more. Something like the [something and something] of the human world [perhaps joy and peace? Less battling? Whatever it is about the human world that she longs for, clarify! Unless it’s a spoiler … Also, I guess less battling is kinda obvious, but …).

    After the pain and conflict become too much, she risks all that she has in order to become human–only, the humans aren’t anything like she dreamed. (I’m not sure if you should clarify why the humans aren’t everything she dreamed of? No, you shouldn’t; that would be a spoiler. I guess it’s just intriguing this way. BUT I WANT TO KNOW. *weeps*) (ALSO, how on earth did she get the idea that people are good because they are not … 😛 ) (Just kidding!) Forced to fight in a war (in the human’s war? Perhaps she should say ‘in the human’s war’ if it is? Otherwise, I don’t know, I just feel like, “oh, hum-drum, another war, who cares …?” But the human’s war … I don’t know …), she continues to seek for (remove this “for”, perhaps? I think it makes more sense!) peace.

    But how can it be found, when forgiveness is impossible? (Like this!)

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    I actually think it was a pretty good blurb, but I made a lot of unnecessary comments anyway. XD Idk … I just like fixing things until they’re not longer pretty. 😉

    What questions would you add to the Q&A?:
    I actually can’t think of any at the moment! I’ll let you know if I do. 🙂

    (Just so you know, spoilerous is probably the best writing word ever. It’s just so fun to say! Spoilerous!):

    *adds this word to be vocabulary and longs to say it all the time* 😉

    Oh, and do you like fairy tale retellings? If so, which ones are your favorites?:
    I do! I don’t read a lot of them, but when I do, I always like them. I loved Ella Enchanted and Amanda Tero’s Tales of Faith series (there are only two books) … and I can’t think of any others! I read a couple for the Rooglewood Press fairytale contest – beta-ing – and they looked quite good!

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    • Lana January 29, 2018 / 7:57 PM

      Thanks! That picture was so fun to draw, haha! (And you will just have to wait to hear more about the pineapple… *evil laughter*)

      Yay, I’m glad you’re excited! 🙂

      And wow, thank you for editing! I agree on pretty much all of those, so I’ll have to change it. 😀 AND NO YOU DON’T GET TO KNOW YET….but it’s pretty great. Great as in emotional. Mwahahaha.

      I LOVE Ella Enchanted! That is probably one of my favorite retellings ever! 😀 But the movie is awful (in my opinion…though I know people like it, and I suppose I can see why? But it doesn’t follow the book!). Have you seen it?

      Thanks for your awesome comment, Kell! 😀

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      • Kellyn Roth January 30, 2018 / 12:46 PM

        (*dies from suspense* PINEAAPPLLEEESS …)

        WHAT? HOW CAN YOU NOT TELL ME? WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW? But emotions are amazing. I love emotional books … 😀

        Yes, it’s a really great one! And no, I really hated the movie. I thought it was super cheesy and didn’t begin to capture the magic of the book. The book was really amazing, though!

        You’re welcome. *bows condescendingly* *can you bow condescendingly?* *I think you can*

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    • Lana February 23, 2018 / 4:14 PM

      Haha, sorry this is a way late response. Basically it just means “of”. So generally it’s saying what family/clan/whatever you’re from. For the royalty it’s also the name of the country. And then “il” is the feminine form, and “li” is the masculine form.

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  4. Zielle February 20, 2018 / 8:34 PM

    Your book sounds so cool! Will you have Alpha/beta readers? I love their names so much, btw. 😉

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    • Lana February 23, 2018 / 4:11 PM

      Thank you! 🙂 And yes, at some point I will have beta readers…after I finish the first draft and some revisions on it.

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