Famine #71: Fierce

Hello! I’ve been away from the blog for over a month. o.O Thought I’d jump onto the Weekend Writing Warriors hop this week with a post from Famine. Today’s picture and post feature eight-year-old Matilde, and she’s the first to speak in this early scene from the book.


Famine by Monica Pierce“Gimme a knife.”

Bartholomew paused on the stairs. He turned and found that he was eye-to-eye with the girl. What he had thought was fear driving her to hide beneath her bed, he now saw to be a fierce determination to survive. “After you have had lessons in their use.”



She scowled and said, “That’s a no-good answer.”


REVIEW COPIES: If you’re interested in receiving an ebook (epub, mobi, or PDF) in exchange for an honest review of Famine, please email me at monicaenderlepierce@gmail.com. Please read the book description and note that this is a historical fantasy. It contains graphic violence, strong language, and sexual content and is intended for mature readers. Thanks!


And don’t forget to check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Lotsa great writers to be discovered and revisited.

  • Tried three times to comment and kept getting an error message. Nice snippet and pic, Monica. I can feel her determination through your writing. Welcome back!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Nancy, both for the compliment and letting me know about the error. I can’t recreate it, so WordPress musta coughed up a hairball. Thanks, also, for being persistent! 😀

  • daezarkian

    I love the strong, clipped prose. Your writing is always a delight to read, Monica!

  • Always want to keep reading when I get to the end of your snippets:)

  • Soon is never a good answer. He needs to be more specific. Intriguing snippet and love what you’ve done with your blog design 😀

  • Oh, I like 8 year old Mathilde. Very interesting interplay between the two.

  • burnsmillie

    I so enjoy the little girl’s determination and voice. She’s a little toughie! I’m rooting for her.

  • siobhanmuir

    Wow, the expression in the photo says it all. Nicely done, Monica, and welcome back. 🙂

  • Matilde is a tough little one! I like the strong characters you write, Monica, but you probably know that.

    A cope for review?!?!?!? Dear gawd…I thought you’d never ask. 🙂 Email on the way in just a bit!

  • historysleuth1

    So glad your back. I’ve missed this story. Great writing as always. I am intrigued by the little girl and I like the characterization of her.
    The Murders of Polly Frisch

  • That’s a great snippet! The expression of the girl in the photo is perfect.

  • I like her spirit and wonder what’s driving her need for a knife! Great snippet, missed this story 🙂

  • What kind of a knife?

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      The sharp, stabbity kind, of course!