NaNoWriMo and Camp Nano

In 2010, I finished my first Nanowrimo project – a precursor to the Orana Chronicles – that started me on this insane journey as a writer, and I haven’t looked back since. In fact, the Orana Chronicles, Proud Racer: An American Greyhound in Yorkshire, and the Arcstone and Baskervilles series are all Nano projects. I always emerge from Nano months re-energized and back in love with writing.

Nano/Camp Nano Projects:

Nanowrimo 2010 – Savage Spirit: Rise of the Nature Walker (this super ginormous manuscript became the Nature Walker Trilogy)

Camp Nano July 2011 – [unpublished] Mirror, Mirror (a YA fae story set in Wales, with mirror-hopping fae and creepy talking dolls)

Camp Nano August 2011 – Proud Racer: An American Greyhound in Yorkshire

Nanowrimo 2011 – [unpublished] Legacy: Origins (another Yorkshire-inspired historical speculative fiction, this time about the vampire family that owned a property suspiciously similar to East Riddlesden Hall.)

Camp Nano June 2012 – [unpublished, currently WIP for Kindle Vella] The Sixth Kingdom, Book One: Yela (like Hogwarts and Trudi Cavanan’s magician’s academy had a weird baby…YA coming of age project with hidden ancestry and a complex magic system.)

Camp Nano August 2012 – [unpublished] Caoineag (urban paranormal fantasy involving Edinburgh, Glen Coe, Clan Donald, banshees, and vampires.)

Nanowrimo 2012 – Frozen Shadows: A Tale of the Fabled (this became the last section of Wanderer: Origin of the Nature Walker)

Camp Nano April 2013 – Soulbound: Losing Time (this was the basis for Darkness in the Guardians of Orana Series)

Camp Nano July 2013 – Soulbound: Hero (this is the basis for the upcoming fourth Guardians of Orana novel, Hero)

Nanowrimo 2013 – [unpublished] Legacy: Albannach (continuation of the 2011 Nano, but the vampires leave Yorkshire and set up in Edinburgh)

Camp Nano April 2014 – [unpublished] Cú Faoil (NA novel, coming of age involving a dodgy take on Irish mythology and wolfhounds)

Camp Nano July 2014 – Gears (the basis for the Luminous Beings series)

Nanowrimo 2014 – [unpublished, currently WIP for Kindle Vella] The Sixth Kingdom, Book Two: Einai (insert the hidden ancestry mentioned in Yela)

Camp Nano April 2015 – A Wolfhound’s Tale (basis for Clobberpaws)

Camp Nano July 2015 – [unpublished] Legacy: Book 3 (more vampires, less plot – truly still a WIP)

Nanowrimo 2015 – Wanderer: Origin of the Nature Walker (first draft)

Camp Nano April 2016 – Clobberpaws

Camp Nano July 2016 – Wanderer: Origin of the Nature Walker (final revision)

Nanowrimo 2016 – Tempest: Fall of the Nature Walker (first draft)

Camp Nano April 2017 – Tempest: Fall of the Nature Walker (final revision)

Camp Nano July 2017 – The Forest War (the super ginormous manuscript that became Ignite and Scorch, first draft)

Nanowrimo 2017 – Ignite: Tales of the Forest War, Book One

Camp Nano April 2018 – Striđ (first draft)

Camp Nano July 2018 – Guardians of Orana: Losing Time (eventually renamed Darkness, first draft)

Nanowrimo 2018 – Guardians of Orana: Red (first draft)

Camp Nano April 2019 – Clobberpaws, Too!

Camp Nano July 2019 – Children of Indarr (the basis for Guardians of Orana: The Temple)

Nanowrimo 2019 – Rift: An Arcstone Novel

Camp Nano April 2020 – Striđ: A Luminous Beings Novel (final revision)

Camp Nano July 2020 – Guardians of Orana: Darkness (final revision)

Nanowrimo 2020 – [unpublished] Wraiths of Appalachia: Legacy (Buffy meets the Winchesters with a splash of my own Appalachian ancestry)

Camp Nano April 2021 – Guardians of Orana: Red (final revision)

Camp Nano July 2021 – Guardians of Orana: The Temple (first draft)

Nanowrimo 2021 – Storm: An Arcstone Novel (first draft)

Camp Nano April 2022 – [unpublished] Nevermore (another vampire novel, this time urban paranormal with well-placed flashbacks…and spice! Yikes.)

Camp Nano July 2022 – Storm: An Arcstone Novel (second draft – this one isn’t coming together as fast as Rift did.)

Nanowrimo 2022 – Hero: A Guardians of Orana novel (second draft)

Camp Nano April 2023 – planned vampire novel, kind of a Lost Boys meets Pretty in Pink

Camp Nano July 2023 – TBA

Nanowrimo 2023 – TBA

Check out the Nanowrimo Young Writers Program!

From their website: Our Young Writers Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators as they participate in our flagship event each November, and take part in smaller writing challenges year-round.