Release Day Party

Release Day Party The Bone Knife

We’re celebrating the release day party of The Bone Knife today. The Bone Knife is a YA Fantasy Short Story by author Intisar Khanani, who you can find on Thorn The Novel Website.

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About The Bone Knife

Title: The Bone Knife
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy, Short Story
Blurb: Rae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister’s secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself.

Author Bio

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Her approach to writing reflects her lifelong love for stories from different cultures. Her next project is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, with Rae as her new heroine.


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Twitter: @IntisarKhanani


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3 thoughts on “Release Day Party The Bone Knife

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      Hi Majanka –

      Thanks so much for hosting The Bone Knife’s release day party on your blog! I’m excited to introduce Rae, since she will be the heroine of my upcoming trilogy. 🙂 And congrats on winning Camp NaNoWriMo! Are you planning on doing a November NaNo? I’m going to sign on again this year (how can I not when I’ve done the last six years?), but it will be more of a patched together, finish three projects approach than a proper NaNo novel. What are you planning?


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        Hey Intisar,

        I’m glad to hear from you, and I’m happy to host your release day party! 🙂 What genre will the projects be you’re working on? YA Fantasy?

        I was going to write a short novella (around 10k) this week, because I found some publishers specifically looking for those, but it seems the story got out of hand. It was supposed to be a short YA Contemporary Romance, with potential of adding more novellas to the series, but by now it’s developed into a YA gothic horror, and it’s already 15k. I will try to finish this one first – and if I can’t do it in time of NaNoWriMo, then I’ll be a bit of a rebel and continue working on this one throughout NaNoWriMo, along with another project to get the 15k then.

        My original NaNoWriMo project is YA Paranormal Romance. The only problem? I have the characters, but no plot as of yet! 🙂 I need to come up with a plot fast if I want to get my outline ready before NaNo starts.

        So it will either be the Ya PNR, or a combination of the YA gothic horror and the YA PNR to get 50k.

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          Yep – I’m pretty well ensconced in YA Fantasy. On rare occasions, I try out other things, like dystopian sci fi, but so far those haven’t gone as well. 🙂

          That’s really neat about the novellas! YA Gothic Horror sounds like a lot of fun. I read a recent article about how serial novellas are all the rage right now on the Amazon Kindle (word count typically closer to 30k), so you could always consider indie publishing if your story gets a little too long for one publisher and not quite long enough for another! I’m thinking of doing a novella trilogy in 2013–I have a novel that needs a rewrite and is a bit overlong, but will also divide really well into three parts…which would work pretty well.

          Ah, plots can be tough. Have you tried the index card approach? I just watched another author talk about it here (×5-cards-by-author-kimberley-griffiths-little/) and thought it looked like something I should try. You just keep a pile of index cards with you, and every time you think of a scene or plot point, you jot it down. When you’re ready, you lay out all the cards and keep changing the order till you have the plot you want. Then you write the novel card by card. Somehow, that feels less intimidating and more flexible than sitting down and writing out an outline. I’d love to hear if you have another approach that works for you! I’m continuing to play with how to plan out my work.

          Good luck!

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