This third and final exciting volume of The Sun Song Trilogy finds Sorlie and Ishbel working together in one last attempt to save Esperaneo. As The Prince’s health deteriorates he hands over leadership of the Star of Hope’s mission to Sorlie and Ishbel. But what is the Star of Hope? All they know is that it will free the native race from slavery. On mainland Esperaneo Major, Ishbel travels north through a hostile artic forest while Sorlie, Reinya and Dawdle head for the southern dry lands. On the way both parties battle extreme weather and betrayal, but it is only when the two missions meet that the frightening truth of their world is revealed. And one final betrayal decides the fate of the mission and their fight for freedom. The Sun Song trilogy explores life in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Britain where society’s norms have broken down and life has to be lived differently.
I hope you enjoy this post written by the author on writing a trilogy
I still can’t believe I’ve written a trilogy. It was never in my great plan when I first started writing over twenty years ago. It happened by chance.
The original idea for the story came to me in a dream. The dream was of a man in a prison cell and that man had a box and in that box he held a secret. Meanwhile outside his prison cell mayhem was happening. When I woke from the dream I knew what the secret was and what was happening to the prisoners. I immediately wrote a short story. I entered the story into competition and while the adjudicator only awarded me third place she did give me lots of encouragement as well as saying the story would make a great novel.
Because the content of the story involved some form of science still in development I knew the novel should be set in the future. Once I decided to change the protagonist to a sixteen year old boy I began building my fictional future world.
I set the novel in 2089 in a divided world with a two class systems, the Privileged few and their native slaves. As well as a military rule there existed a two party State, the Purists and the Land Recliamists. Climate change, the banning of fossil fuels and the shutdown of the World Wide Web had thrown the population back to almost medieval times. There was quite a lot going on.
Half way through writing Ways of the Doomed I realised there was more to tell about this world so what started as a standalone novel became Book #1 of the Sun Song Trilogy.
At that time I knew how the trilogy would end I just didn’t not know how I would get there.
I began to keep a chronology of events and notes on what was happening to my characters. When Ways of the Doomed ended the story of my dream was resolved but readers kept asking me ‘what happens next?’
Book #2 Wants of the Silent began as a blank page. I started it at the moment the first book ended. A big part of book #1 showed main character, Sorlie, finding out about his world. I wanted to continue with Sorlie’s discoveries so I took him to new places. I created new communities to help readers gain a bigger understanding of the world and I tackled new themes. The main thrust of Wants of the Silent is a power struggle between all the underground armies fighting the harsh State led regime. I knew at the beginning of the trilogy a revolution was needed to cure the problems of this world. In Wants of the Silent, as well as a thrilling story, the power struggle comes to a conclusion.
As I put down the opening chapters of Star of Hope, book #3, I felt a huge responsibility to my readers. I had to end this well. I had decided the titles for the books at the beginning of the trilogy and Star of Hope was always intended to be a hopeful book. Like the others, the action in Star of Hope moves even further out into the world and new communities are discovered by Sorlie and his band.
Because I wanted the end of the trilogy to be final I wrote an epilogue. This takes place six years after the climax of the story and lets the reader know what has happened to the world and all the characters in the intervening year.
Writing a trilogy has been fun but I admit I am looking forward to starting something completely different.
Thank you, Moira McPartlin and Love Books Group Tours.
About the author
Moira McPartlin is a Scot with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders, she was brought up in a Fife mining village. She has led an interesting life as a mother and successful business woman. Moira made a big impact with her debut novel The Incomers, which tells the tale of a West African woman moving to a small town in 1960s Scotland. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and was a critical success. Moira is also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry, which have been published in a wide variety of literary magazines. She currently lives in Stirling, Scotland.