A few questions with Noah Verhoeff by Caden Shapiro.
- So… you’ve written a novel. I don’t get to say that to many of my friends. What’s it about?
- Yes, I have recently finished writing a 247 page Historical Fiction novel. It takes place in the year 1410, in Germany, and acts as a window into the lives of the lower nobility of the time. The book has a focus on the impact of bigotry and violence in that time period (the late Middle Ages).
- Amidst an IB workload and extracurriculars how did you find the time to complete it? Did you set aside blocks of time or did you just dive in?
- Most of my writing occurred off of the page. In that I mean that while I waited for classes, on the ttc, etc., I was contemplating how to format the next chapter that I would write. Finally, after planning out the chapter, I would spend some afternoons just writing. I never edited my work until after I completed the book entirely.
- How long will the book be?
- Currently it has 247 pages, but hopefully, if the publishing process goes according to plan, the book will evolve and either grow or shrink.
- Have you set a title? And do you have a title photo for the book?
- I don’t have a cover yet, but I do have a title. The title is: The Red Castle, which alludes to Castle Malbork in modern day Poland – a pivotal location in the story.
- Where did you draw inspiration from?
- Although I am an avid fan of Tolkein and G. R. R. Martin, I decided to take a more historical approach. After all, what world has a more in-depth world building than our own? Before writing the book I realized that there aren’t many historical fiction novels that pride themselves on rigid historical accuracy, and most documentaries lack the fundamental narrative elements of fantasy novels. Thus, I decided to attempt to write the ultimate mix of the two; including key historical details, while also keeping developed character development and an enthralling story.
- I heard you’ve given the book to the english department to read over. Have you gotten any feedback?
- I have not yet received any feedback from the teachers to whom I offered the novel to, but I trust that amidst their busy schedules they will hopefully find the time to read it.
- What are your goals with this book?
- I am currently in the beginning stages of the publishing process. I have come into contact with various agents who will hopefully work with me to get my book published. My main wish for this book is to see it either on a bookshelf or in an e-book library.
- Are you currently working on anything else?
- I have begun a novella as a sort of continuation of the story, but I have no intention of dedicating the same amount of time or energy into this work.
Short message from Noah — If any other aspiring writers would like to send me their work (novels, short stories, novellas, etc.) I would love to form a small network of sorts in which we could get in touch, share ideas, and share our experiences in the writing process.