The Bone Knife


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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.

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About the Writing

I initially wrote The Bone Knife for myself. It came about like this: After spending years on Thorn, and continuing to read YA Fantasy obsessively, I’ve developed a bit of a pet peeve: I’m sick of nonfunctioning or dysfunctional families in the genre. While I understand the idea behind having the main character’s family absent from their life and story (striking off on your own, coming of age, etc. etc.), surely that can be done within the context of having a caring family? There are, of course, examples out there of main characters from relatively functional and present families, but they are rare.

As I began thinking through Book 1 of the companion trilogy to Thorn, I realized that I wanted my heroine to come from one such rare (fictionally speaking) household. But what would it look like? Of course both Rae and her family aren’t perfect, and even if they care about each other, they are liable to make mistakes and have issues, but what would it actually look like? I wrote this story to help myself understand that question. Oh, and also to answer one other vital question:

Where did that awesome bone knife Rae keeps using come from?

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  • Nina

    Found your short story via Grace Draven and loved the writing and the premise. I agree with you about wanting to see more protagonists coming from a “normal” family structure. I’m excited about your upcoming book and am so glad I found your books!

    • Thanks so much, Nina! I’m really excited to be working on Rae’s story, but I have to admit my other stories feature less functional families. It took me a while to realize that was something I wanted to see, and I already had these other stories drafted, so I’m afraid I’ve definitely got some unhappy family situations in my writing. 😀 I would love to hear what you think of my other books if you have a chance to pick them up! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Love your premise/motivation (I read this one, too), and I agree that “healthy” families are hard to find in fiction. Hard enough that I expect (unconsciously) the worst with most of what I read, so healthy families actually have to sustain the image of health longer than they might otherwise, because I keep expecting “the other shoe to drop.”

    I can think of only two healthy families [in the time of story, as opposed to “in the past”]. Are you familiar with Beauty (by Robin McKinnley) where the wonderfulness/kindness of her family makes the sacrifice of leaving them that much more huge [this was the first time I made the connection that a lot of fairy tale heroines could leave b/c the new could hardly be worse than the old].

    Or have you seen the book *Impossible* by Nancy Werlin? It’s a foster family, as opposed to a birth family, but even (or especially) in that context I adored the way the teen trusted her guardians with the crazy-unbelievable-truth and instead of belittling her, they got onboard with the spell-breaking. Can’t vouch for anything else Werlin’s written, but this book is precious.

    • Yes! I loved reading Beauty in high school, though I haven’t revisited since. I believe my copy is on a shelf on the landing though, so I might just be digging it up for a re-read tonight. 🙂 I haven’t read anything by Werlin; “Impossible” sounds like an intriguing story and I will definitely look it up.

      It was actually really hard for me to envision a healthy family for Rae, in part because the idea that you have to break free of your family to come of age (in fantasy at least) is ubiquitous. I can’t imagine it’s a healthy concept, and while teens do have to assert their independence (I sure did), maintaining a positive family dynamic isn’t a bad thing. I think I had my fill of writing awful families while writing “Thorn”!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the wonderful reviews on Amazon. You made my day!

  • Elisha Khan

    I just finished the bone knife and I really enjoyed it, Will a darkness at the door be released soon? 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Elisha! So glad you enjoyed The Bone Knife. I don’t have a release date yet for the next book. I am planning on giving the story another swing later this year, and once I get through that revision, I should have a better sense of my timeline. Right now, all I know is that huge chunks of what I have are going to have to change (it’s a bit terrifying!). It’s really hard to give any details at this point–but rest assured I am working on it, and it will eventually come out! 🙂 Sorry I don’t have more info for you!

      • Elisha Khan

        Oh no that’s fine 🙂 I love your books enough to keep re-reading them until your new releases

      • Holly Weston

        Just wanted you to know that I too read The Bone Knife and was dismayed by how short it is! I want more! So, like Elisha Khan who commented earlier, I too am anxious for the release of The Theft of Sunlight. Thanks for your great work!

        • Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much! I am currently hashing through the first draft of Sunbolt #3, but I really truly am planning on returning to Rae’s story next. I am also debating the possibility of turning Theft into one mega omnibus book rather than a trilogy… there would be cliffhangers, otherwise, and we all know how long it takes for me to get a book out! 😉 At any rate, I am planning to work on Rae’s story soon, and will definitely update my newsletter and/or blog as things progress. Thank you so much for stopping by!

          • Holly Weston

            Wow! Thanks for responding personally! I have to tell you that after I posted my earlier comment I searched through the rest of your blog and discovered more information about the future of Rae’s story so I’m sorry I bothered you without having researched a little further. I did read Thorn a couple of years ago and loved it and posted a review on Amazon and am looking forward to reading more of your books. You are a terrific writer. Thank you again!

          • LOL – you’re quite welcome. Honestly, the best part of having a website is getting to chat with people in the comments. And no apologies needed! (My website is also long overdue for an overhaul and makeover…sorry you had to rummage through it to find more answers! 😉 ) Thank you so very much for the review! As an indie author, reviews are pretty much my bread and butter. I truly appreciate it! Okay, off to writing with me. Have a lovely night!