Welcome to my MTMC Tours stop for These Gilded Bones May Bloom by C.G. Honer!
This is a collection of enemies and lovers, sprawling cities and hungry seas, stretching from the hidden magic of our own world to the far reaches of your wildest dreams and nightmares. These Gilded Bones May Bloom is a Fantasy Anthology and it will be published on January 29, 2023.
Diving into this anthology was like falling into a fairytale. I absolutely loved the format: short stories that ranged from magical to lovely to dark to sad to sweet to romantic to cosy. It literally has something for everyone and the writing style will sweep you off your feet. It’s the kind of book that just made me feel all inspired while reading it. ❤️ Total fairytale vibes. If you like Leigh Bardugo’s Language of Thorns, you’ll enjoy this one for sure. The stories are also set across three worlds, so some are more modern, and it’s easy to enjoy the vareity!
I’m going to pick out a few of my favourite stories to talk about!
ABCs of Thievery – This one was really fun, about three thieves (their names are Adair, Blair and Claire, respectively) and how Adair’s eye is caught by someone well out of her class. I just loved the trio’s dynamics and then Oswin’s softness for Adair at the end.
Life Cycle of Forests – Oh this one was SO my thing. Magic gone wrong and warped and twisted in forests and all-consuming sacrifice for loved ones and dead boys grown into trees. It just was [chefs kiss] perfect in every way. Would eat this up if it was a full length book as well, the aesthetics were everything.
The Way Cities Breathe – This was by the POV of a city and honestly loved that for it?! Especially just how the city was sentient and watched over its citizens, both the good and the corrupt, and how time changed the streets and its future and purpose.
To Brave The Sea – I absolutely love sea aesthetics so this one caught me immediately, and it has such sensory writing and really drew me in. Esme is terrified of the ocean and after a brutal attempt to conquer her fear, she’s saved by a strange boy who appears out of nowhere and doesn’t care about her family name. He just cares about her.
Definitely check this short story collection out if you love whimsical bite-sized stories that will spark your imagination! Full of pretty prose and clever tales, it’s a lovely read.
Thank you to MTMC Tours & the author for the eARC!
Hi C.G., thanks for chatting with me about your gorgeous book! Can you tell us a little about your author journey? How These Gilded Bones May Bloom went from seed of an idea to finished novel in your hands?
Thanks for having me! And I love talking about the book, so I’m excited to dig into its evolution! These Gilded Bones May Bloom exists primarily because I thought it’d be cool to publish something on my 29th/golden birthday. In March of this year, that idea morphed into a short story anthology consisting of 29 stories across three different worlds–each of which stemmed from existing novels I’m planning/drafting. Originally, in my head, the anthology was going to act as a jumping off point, or a prequel of sorts. But once I actually started writing—met new characters, learned their stories, saw vague glimpses of their possible futures—the anthology became its own entity, a demanding one at that. It wanted interior character/world art and fancy chapter headers and so many little details that required so much patience. It has been a long journey from idea to finished novel, but despite the frustrations, I’m so proud of the end result.
You should be so proud!! It’s an absolutely beautiful book. Favourite thing about writing fantasy?
I think one of the best parts about fantasy is making up the rules of a world, uncovering the history and lore. I am very much a pantser, I discover the world as I go along, so it’s a super fun part of the process. The first two sections are set in a fantasy and contemporary world respectively and were pretty fleshed out already. But the third section was new, giving me lots of room to play and explore what made this world unique. Spoilers: it’s sirens and fallible gods.
We do love some sirens and fallible gods 👀👌🏻 Which was the easiest vs hardest of the stories to write?
The easiest story was probably The Way Cities Breathe. It’s short, and inspired by a chapter from Adrienne Young’s novel Spells for Forgetting, where the POV is a place rather than a person. The reality is some stories don’t need an author to figure out plot twists or foreshadowing, they just need someone to transcribe them, and for me that was The Way Cities Breathe. The hardest story to write was probably the very last one that I wrote, A Rose By Any Other Name. At that point I was dealing with burnout after drafting so many stories in such a short time span. There were lots of false starts and repetitive ideas, but eventually I found my way and now it’s actually one of my favorites.
I really enjoyed the Way Cities Breathe and just that perspective. Did any of the stories turn out differently to how you expected?
Yes! More than one, because characters have a will of their own, but the first that comes to mind is To Brave the Sea. It had a few early iterations that were more romance focused, the typical girl meets boy, boy owes dangerous (and hotter) boy money, and ensuing violence is followed by girl and hotter boy having a Moment™. Delightful as that was, it just wasn’t as strong as the other stories. The final version focused more on the main character’s internal struggles and the pressures of familial expectations. But also there’s a cute boy.
When do you usually write and what is your writing space like?
I’m a night owl, so most of my writing takes place after midnight and ends somewhere around three or four in the morning. Basically, I have a really terrible sleep schedule and I’m sure that’s gonna come back to bite me at some point, but for now it works. My writing space is pretty undefined currently–usually just the couch. My ideal writing space is one where I’m surrounded by books, bookish art, and aesthetically pleasing lighting.
Oh same 🤣 What is a sleep schedule anyway. Can we beg for a hint about what you’re working on next? 👀👀👀
Yesssss! Writing twenty-nine short stories introduced me to a lot of fun characters, and some of them have very loud ideas about future adventures they’d like to go on. Because of that I’m kinda working on a few things. The project I’m drafting is a new adult fantasy novel, with enemies-to-lovers, assassins, royal politics, and elemental powers. The novel I’m plotting (and occasionally writing scenes for) is probably going to fall under the romantasy genre. Also new adult, also enemies-to-lovers (I like what I like), and takes place primarily at sea.
It already sounds amazing and knowing how beautiful your writing is…I can’t wait! One last question! What have been some of your favourite author moments so far?
There have been a lot of amazing moments: seeing the cover art for the first time, getting early feedback from readers, connecting with talented artists, holding the physical book in my hands, finding a solution to a formatting issue that I was really worried about, and watching my Grandma (who the book is dedicated to) open a finished edition at Christmas. It’s very surreal to me that These Gilded Bones May Bloom is coming out this month, but I’m so excited for people to read it and fall for these characters the same way I have.
Wishing you the very happiest release on January 29th!! And thank you for the amazing answers and all these insights about your epic book. ✨💛
Enter the Rafflecopter below where one reader will win a physical copy of These Gilded Bones May Bloom and the preorder incentives (3 phone wallpapers, 2 art prints, 1 sticker, 1 bookmark)! Ends on January 14th, 2022. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter & contacted via email.
There are epic preorder incentives available for US and international orders of These Gilded Bones May Bloom!
– US physical copies receive: 3 phone wallpapers, 2 art prints, 1 sticker, and 1 bookmark.
– International/Ebook copies receive: 3 phone wall papers, 1 digital art print, and 1 Digital annotated short story.
Submission window is open now—January 28th, and all submission forms can be found here.
Title: These Gilded Bones May Bloom
Author: C.G. Honer
Publication Date: January 29th, 2023
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Magic Realism
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29 short stories. Three unique worlds.
One navigates battlefields of countryside and cobblestone.
Another ensnares lost souls and sweethearts.
And the last is tormented by deities better left forgotten.
Welcome to These Gilded Bones May Bloom, a collection of enemies and lovers, sprawling cities and hungry seas, stretching from the hidden magic of our own world to the far reaches of your wildest dreams and nightmares. Journey through the Ash Woods, a dangerous forest guarding the body of a long-dead soldier. Follow a thief as he steals into an extravagant garden party. Study the siren of Berkshire University, and the student hell-bent on setting her free.
Brought to life through sweeping prose and lush illustrations, lose yourself in tales where morally gray is king, fate doesn’t play fair, and “The End” isn’t always what it seems.
Caitlan “C.G.” Honer resides in the evergreen, ever cloudy PNW. When she isn’t dreaming up trauma for the characters in her head, she enjoys reading, walks with her dog, the occasional existential crisis, and spending way too much time on Netflix.
Her short story anthology, These Gilded Bones May Bloom, releases January 29, 2023.
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