Initially my concept for Refugee was as a contemporary crossover fantasy.

However, my agent made a very good comment about the way the beginning of the thing didn’t work, and in figuring out the new beginning, the project metamorphosed into a high fantasy.

The new opening? On her wedding day, a princess whose marriage will seal a peace treaty between two nations is dragged off to her temple and stabbed through the heart by a dagger during the workings of a spell meant to throw both nations back into war. Only the spell goes wrong, and the magic that was to have given the traitors casting the spell immense power ends up keeping the princess alive instead, but landing her in an unknown location in her new world. And leaving things very messy back home.

I’ve never written a princess before—I generally use regular folks as protagonists in my stories. But I think this could be huge fun.

Work is going well. Will be back again as I’m able to find time.

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8 comments… add one
  • scottbryan Dec 13, 2006 @ 12:37

    Knowing Holly, it wouldn’t surprise me! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • TinaK Dec 13, 2006 @ 11:52

    But Scott – what’s wrong with a Han Solo type in a gold bikini?! I’m all for that. 😀

  • scottbryan Dec 13, 2006 @ 11:12

    But no gold bikinis! 😉

  • hollylisle Dec 12, 2006 @ 22:52

    I like the Han Solo angle. 😀 Lemme think about it.

  • TinaK Dec 12, 2006 @ 18:00

    Oh, I can’t wait to see Holly Lisle write a princess story. *grin*

    Seriously though, I love high fantasy. Love my books long and deep so I can’t wait to see what happens with this one.

  • Jaye Patrick Dec 12, 2006 @ 16:57

    It sounds interesting. I’m with Scott, we need more Han Solo-types; gonna have one?

  • scottbryan Dec 12, 2006 @ 14:46

    I like the princess angle – lots of potential for conflict between wants/desires and duties/obligations. I don’t know if regular folks always appreciate the weight of the responsibilities borne by people in charge of stuff. And you should have a Han Solo-type man in there somewhere. Not near enough quick on the draw scruffy scoundrals on the written page.

  • Gabriele Dec 12, 2006 @ 13:15

    That sounds like several layers of fun and mayhem. 🙂

    Personally, I like High Fantasy even better than Contemporary Crossover, so go and get that princess in trouble. And her not-to-be-husband, too.

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