After a gruesome betrayal, vampire Sebastien Vilmont is flung into a whirlwind cat and mouse game when his traveling party is ambushed by an opposing group of bloodthirsty vampires. Maurice, the leader of Sebastien’s coven, makes the decision to not only wage war against the opposing vampire clan, but a clerical organization known as The Diocese Club who wishes to exterminate all vampire-kind.
Trying desperately to protect the secrecy of their coven’s location below the streets of Whitechapel, London, Sebastien finds himself at odds with Maurice in his desire to not engage in all-out war with the renegade Catholic faction. At the same time, he must also battle the other vampire coven to guard their anonymity from humans. In doing so, Sebastien is forced into choices and alliances he might not otherwise have made.
Set in the tone of Victorian England, The Coven is a thrilling and horrific journey through the seedier workings of the vampire underworld, and pious ideology of The Diocese Club.
What is the Writing Process?
A writer’s process is often shrouded in mystery; some writers can answer this mysterious question and we never learn their process until after they’re dead. Readers often wonder to themselves—how did they manage to come up with such a gorgeously constructed scene that it’s left imprinted on my mind years after reading it? It’s not a secret it’s merely how the writer strings together the stories in their minds and how they manage to get the readers to see what they see.
The writing process is oftentimes just as diverse as the stories being told. Writers (don’t repeat this!) don’t even use the same approach to writing all of their stories. Writing is already a very difficult process; coming up with characters that can stand on their own as if they were real people, putting them in realistic situations that any reader could possible empathize and relate to, and not to mention the setting. So a writer’s process has to match the story they’re telling.
Some writers will write standing on their feet; others will write the story out long-hand before they take it to the computer to type out, using the written version as the first draft they can edit as they go. Some writers can only write during a certain time of day; others use a stop-go method as I’ve dubbed it, where they write, then stop, and when they pick it up again they edit before they continue. Some writers only write certain scenes and fill in the rest as they go and others employ the use of journals. There is no set way for people to write their stories, which is probably why people ask their methods more often then they’re asking about the story.
I’ve been known to use the stop-go method. I have a hard time focusing on the story when I write long-hand. The Coven underwent several drafts before I realized that writing long-hand was getting me into trouble with the story; too many tangents and I would get too many ideas that wouldn’t coexist with the original story plot. I just finally sat down and wrote it out on the computer. When I didn’t have any more to write, I’d stop for a while. I’d come back, edit what I had previously written, and keep the story flowing from the stopped point. I will admit that I was strict about stopping at the end of chapters, but that was what worked for me.
Story process is a process regardless of how a writer goes about it and people are forever curious about which process helped the shape the stories that they love so much.
The author known as Angie Gallow enjoys all things weird and creepy. A great lover of books and words, words, words as Hamlet would so eloquently put it. Even though this is the first novel published, the author has been writing for years, honing her craft through the fine professors at Columbia College in Chicago.
Angie Gallow was born in Chicago and currently attends Columbia College Chicago. This is her first novel.