With the release of The Exile by C.T. Adams, a book I really enjoyed in fact (review here), we’re really happy to welcome the author on the blog. The Exile is the first book in her The Fae series.
World building is both the easiest, and toughest part of setting up a novel or series. Easiest, because if you’re writing ‘real’ people they’re from somewhere, going somewhere, and reacting to something. They stand in a reality, and they see that reality, so all you have to do is express it. In Urban Fantasy it’s even easier, because at least part of the story takes place in our reality—and we’re here.
It’s hard because there’s just so MUCH of it. Where includes maps (and weather systems, water courses, city versus country), architecture, indoors, outdoors, and even underground. What are the religions? Does your character believe? If there are police, military types, what types of uniforms do they wear? What weapons do they train in? If there’s magic, what are the limits, how does it work? If there are different species of animals, what do they look like, what do they do? Are they the same as they are here, or different and how. If they are magical, what are their strengths, weaknesses. Do they look at humans as prey, equals? Can they communicate? How?
It can be overwhelming—particularly if you don’t write it down.
Yes, it takes time. And time is something precious and difficult to come by. BUT, if you don’t write it down by the time you get to Chapter 28 you will absolutely forget details about the river (and boats) you put in in Chapter 1.
But it’s absolutely worth doing well. Because done right it immerses the reader in the book, makes them see, hear, smell, taste and generally experience what your character is going through. And it makes them CARE and relate to your character. Emotional buy in by the reader is awesome, difficult to come by, and dreadfully easy to lose if you don’t do the groundwork.
So it is important, even vital, to take the time and build the world. And hey, it also gives you awesome map drawing skills, mad research skills, and weird esoteric things to talk about with readers and other writers.
The Fae, Book 1
Synopsis: Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists—and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna’s apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.
A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Nick, a police detective who doesn’t believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.
Thanks to the publisher, you can win a copy of The Exile by C.T. Adams. The giveaway is open to US & CAN only.