Switching Gears

With The Green Lady finally spreading her wings out in the eBook world, it’s time for me to return to my Fantasy writing roots and complete Withered World.

Switching to Withered World will be a bit of a genre hop. Luckily, genre transition isn’t very difficult for me. Since most things I write have a thread of the fantastic in there anyway, it’s really not that much of a stretch. But, as I begin to return to the genre of my childhood and that of my authorial beginnings, I think about all of the things that I love about the Fantasy genre and the evolution of this style of storytelling over the course of my own relatively short lifetime.

One of the things that sticks out most in my mind was that as a Fantasy reader during my childhood, I often felt like I had to hide what I loved to read because of fear of ridicule or teasing from others. I was teased a lot as a kid already, so I always worried about giving more fodder to my tormentor.

Reading fantasy was more than just story time for me. It was an escape into a world where I got to envision myself as the hero instead of the simple human being that I was and still am. It was a chance to breathe in the world that another had created and it taught me how to envision my own worlds.

As a writer, it means inventing a new world, giving birth to new characters, classes of people or races. New stories, struggles and achievements. My characters can wield magic as I wield the magic of words to create beautiful sentences that make my own heart soar.

Vea, the main character in Withered World has been with me since high school. I dreamed her up one day, but she didn’t begin to share her story with me until just last year. That’s at least 15 years of gestation, folks. But at last her tale has come through. Her story is one filled with sorrow and fear. She lives in a world where magic isn’t a word that is uttered because her people are on the cusp of discovering the extent of their power. This story is a bit of a genre-splice: a dash of  Urban Fantasy, a pinch of Dystopia mixed together.

Writing about magic is very important to me because one of the things I loved most about reading Fantasy was the innumerable ways authors envisioned how the mechanism of magic actually worked. This is the heart of world building as a Fantasy writer as far as I am concerned.

So, as I go forward, I will be sharing tidbits of this tale with you. I’m about 60K words in right now, which means that I should have a full draft by the end of the summer if I don’t have any more life-altering interruptions. Cheers and happy writing!

P.S. How do characters reveal their stories to you? Please share if you are so inclined!