Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dress Code

Posted by: Shona Husk
At some point when writing I realize I have to dress my characters. Usually this isn’t in the first draft. My first drafts are known for nude characters in vague fog like settings (my first drafts are also short as I then have to add in so much stuff like setting, description….pretty much everything that isn’t action or dialogue).

However sometimes clothing is part of the plot. What a character wears, or doesn’t wear, is essential to the story. Lord of the Hunt is my clothing story. It is all about the clothes.
From the moment Taryn walks into the Hall of Judgement in Castle Annwyn fresh from the mortal world, to the dirt the Queen notices on Verden’s sleeve, or the gift Taryn receives of a luxurious red dress from a mysterious admirer, or the costumes for the midsummer dance what the fairies are wearing matters.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how the Court would dress. Fairies live for a very long time and they aren’t constrained by mortal morals. They are concerned with status and gaining leverage through deals and games. And yet they aren’t deliberately cruel—they just expect you to give as good as you get and don’t swim outside your depth J
For someone who isn’t a clothes or shoe person (seriously I hate shopping, the idea of trying on endless clothes to find something, ugh) imagining Annwyn was actually fun. The colors, the styles and more importantly what it meant as nothing in Annwyn is simply there for decoration. Fairies dress to make a point.

Even their political associations are echoed in the clothing choice…as is the season.  Autumn is fading to winter and the clothing is getting darker.
Of course if you want to see the trouble Annwyn is in and what Verden and Taryn really get up to (and what they are or aren’t wearing) when they think no one is watching you can pre-order now or pick up a copy of Lord of the Hunt on the 7 January.

Lord of the Hunt
She Wasn’t Cut Out for His World...
The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they're sure to die. And to get to the King, she'll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt...

He Can't Imagine Life Without Her...
Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever...
Praise for the works of Shona Husk:
“Romantic and intriguing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Enthralling.” —Booklist
“A great fairy-tale feel...dark, fresh, and tantalizing.” —Anna's Book Blog

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. She is the author of the Shadowlands Series and the Annwyn Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Shona,

    I thought long and hard about what kind of clothes Ilythra would wear as well. She's honed her body into a weapon but living in a world where women still wear dresses. So I definitely didn't want her wearing a Zena-type costume, (I mean who could concentrate on defeating someone if you're trying to keep certain body parts restrained?) but a dress was out. I'm not sure if her clothing even make the reader's radar but I think it's part of her characterization. Congratulations on your upcoming release. I love fairies. Can't wait to read it.


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