What the book is about
VOODOO QUEEN, a novel of the famous voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, is an epic trilogy of magic, secrets, love, death, and spiritual power. Think of it as a mix between Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND and Toni Morrison’s BELOVED.
Marie lives in a world where the heads of rebellious slaves are stuck on spikes, colored women live as concubines to white men, and improper medical treatment kills people by the hundreds. There’s so much Marie wants to change, but she’s just a poor colored girl abandoned by her parents – a nobody.
Then she discovers voodoo. The mystical energy she taps into makes her more powerful than she ever imagined. Soon her potent gifts make her the most feared and respected woman in the city.
Marie's strength is tested repeatedly by personal tragedy, but with the help of the spirits, her ancestors, and her unstable family, Marie empowers and heals New Orleans.
What the money is for
Historical novels require a lot of expensive research. Your donation will pay for trips to New Orleans so I can do interviews, attend ceremonies, visit museums, go on tours, and view archives. It'll also pay for a babysitter while I'm out researching, and it will buy the dozens of research books I need.
Besides a copy of the book, here are pictures of some of the rewards you can get for backing my project.
When will the novel be in bookstores?
Writing a novel takes a long time. Once a novel is finished, the writer has to find an agent to represent it and an editor to publish it, and then it takes an additional year before the book is available to buy. I will send email updates to all my backers, so when it's published, you'll be the first to know.
My progress on the book thus far
So far I've written 60,000 words, which is about half of the book. I've read ten research books, I've interviewed a historian and a priestess, and I've been to New Orleans twice (though I could only afford day trips). I've made good progress, but it's hard to get much further without a longer trip to New Orleans and at least twice as many books.
Risks and challenges
I want to publish this novel traditionally, which is always difficult. I've already had two well-known agents ask to see the novel even though it's unfinished, which is remarkable for an unpublished author like me, so I'm pretty confident it will be successful. If I can't find an agent or editor I will self publish, so everyone who orders it through Kickstarter will still receive copies of the book.
No matter which route I take, it will be a long time before the book is available. Thank you for your patience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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