I’d like to introduce Devorah Fox, fantasy author extraordinaire, as part of the OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour 2019. As part of the Tour, fantasy authors are asked to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building. We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.
After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/
What Makes My World Unique? by Devorah Fox
What makes my author’s world unique? I’d answer by saying that it isn’t particularly.
Although this is Fantasy fiction, the worlds that I created—King Bewilliam’s domain and the lands to which he travels, Lady Blackwing’s hometown and workplace—are grounded in reality.
At first, that wasn’t my idea. When I set out to tell King Bewilliam’s story I had a contemporary tale to tell. However, the story wanted to be told in a once-upon-a-time fashion, set in a time of kings, queens, and knights. Who was I to argue with the Muse?
Never much of a History student it wasn’t as though years of education equipped me to write about the Middle Ages. At first, I was simply going to make stuff up. After all, this was Fantasy fiction, right?
Then I was writing a scene where the king takes something out of his pocket and I found myself asking, “Did they have pockets in those days?”
Finding out if they did was the beginning of what amounted to extensive research. I found that I couldn’t write a sentence without knowing the answers to questions such as, “Did they wear that? “Did they eat that?” “Did they have that technology?” As a result, his world could have existed.
Yes, there are imaginary beings in King Bewilliam’s universe such as dragons, ginormous sea behemoths, and gryphons. They are challenges that he must meet, obstacles that he must remove from his path to get where he wants to go. And isn’t that how life is? When such challenges appear in our lives, they seem monstrous. We have to ask ourselves how committed we are to reaching our goal. We have to dig deep to find the strength to overcome those obstacles. That’s King Bewilliam’s story, and that’s what readers get out of it. In his trials and tribulations, they find echoes of their own. It’s Fantasy fiction, it’s the Middle Ages, but it’s all relatable.
Similarly, my urban contemporary superhero could be someone you know. Mercedes goes to college part-time, works part-time in a coffeehouse, and lives in an apartment complex much like any other. So when a strange turn of fate transforms her into Lady Blackwing it seems perfectly reasonable. And that was what I wanted to show. The opportunities to step off our well-plotted path often come about unexpectedly. Do we fight them and cling to our original plan or do we accept the dare and take a chance on learning that we have strengths and talents of which we were unaware?
What happens to King Bewilliam and Lady Blackwing could happen to anyone. Well, maybe not the dragon …
More about Devorah Fox
“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Bestselling author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series including “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and ”The Lost King,” awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence. She also wrote “Detour,” ranked in the Top Ten Thrillers in Preditor/Editors Readers’ Choice Poll and “The Zen Detective,” #34 of 50 Best Indie Books 2017. She co-authored the contemporary thriller, “Naked Came the Sharks,” with Jed Donellie, contributed to award-winning Fantasy anthologies and has several Mystery Mini Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com. Sign up for the free e-mail newsletter and get a link to a free gift, http://eepurl.com/LrZGX
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Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event
CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:
· view live (and recorded discussions),
· listen to samples of their stories,
· vote in the various genre tournaments,
· browse the author booths, and
· discover some amazing books and writers.
We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/
You never know, you may just find your next best read!