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What is it with book titles?
Well, in my book, Adversarius, the title is Latin for Adversary. Veritas is Truth and Bellum is War. I chose these names
specifically. I wanted one word titles for my books and each title represents
what is written within. Book one defines the adversary my characters face. Book
two reveals some hidden truths and book three is the war that ends an ages old
world of Eir du’Brusai. (Pronunciation Alert!: ‘air do brew sigh’) I had lots
of help. As a matter of fact, there is a list on my blog under the Special
Thanks page. I began with a small town called Moordigan, which grew into the
kingdom of Haldera and expanded (exploded, really) from there. At first, my map
contained one large continent with several kingdoms, surrounded by a few
smaller continents/kingdoms. After much debate, I split the major continent
down the middle, removed a couple of kingdoms that were on the main continent
and added continents.
just that aspect of the world. Next came the decision: Typical creatures of
fantasy or my own? Well, I’m a huge Sword and Sorcery kind of gal. While I love
Elves, Dwarves and the like, I didn’t want to limit myself to that. So I
expanded on those typical races/creatures and also came up with some of my own.
I have Kefferlings, which are half Elf, half cat. They have Elven features,
walk on two legs (most of the time) but have fur covering their body and of
course, they have tails. Dargorians are my humanoid dragons. They stand about
nine feet tall, have scales, tails and wings like dragons with dragon-like
features. They stand on two legs and most can speak.
Elves. These Elves live near bodies of water and can turn into fish-like
creatures either completely or partly, giving the impression of merfolk. I also
have ice Elves. This race of Elves must live in extreme cold climates. They
also reside around a special lake that had transformed them long ago. The lake
is the final resting place of an ice dragon and as the dragon deteriorates, its
magic has corrupted the water, giving ice qualities to whatever happens to
drink from the lake. So add in some usual creatures with these abilities as
either already exists and I expanded upon it, or I used my imagination. Things
I needed to research were more along the lines of armor, weapons, hierarchies
and nautical terms. I have naval fleets and pirates. My pirates are spelled
‘pyrate’ however. Just to be different, no real reason other than that. My
wizards are called Mahjii and most of their magic has limits. Not necessarily
rules, just limits.
with my friends or husband and bounce ideas off of them. I feel that if myself
or any of my friends or husband find something unbelievable, chances are, the
reader will as well. Fantasy is about using your imagination, of course, but
you can go too far. Don’t be overly ridiculous in your creations, be plausible.
If you think something is over the top, most likely your reader will as well.
There are lots of sites out there that help in all aspects of fantasy writing
from name generators to the do’s and don’t’s of fantasy writing.
of ‘should not’s’ affect your writing, you do want to limit yourself. Expand
your mind and think outside of the box. Using typical characteristics of
fantasy such as races and creatures is all well and good, but take one and
start a ‘What if…?” scenario and see what comes of it. Take lots of notes and
keep these in a binder for future reference.
queens rule? Who is in line to inherit? Eldest son or daughter or is each
succession voted upon by the lower class? Could a peasant become king?
would be acceptable? Gold, silver or gems? Perhaps your world uses a barter
system? Personally, I have several different types of monetary items. If any of
my characters end up in a different place, all forms of money are accepted, but
bartering doesn’t always fly with merchants.
the power? Does your magic have rules? Can spells only be cast once per day
like traditional table top gaming or endless spells? Will the magic user be
born this way or can anyone learn?
one all powerful deity? Several? A pantheon? Do they walk among your people or
are they kept apart? Do they interfere? Do prayers work or do the gods ignore
I can write about in a single post. As it is, this is probably reaching beyond
a limit. So I will leave you with these things to ponder and work out for
yourself. Everyone will go a different route. Some of us want to stick to tradition,
others want something new. And some of us are in the middle, like me. If you
have any questions, feel free to contact me. I love discussing fantasy! Links
are below of where to find me. Thanks again to Louise! Have a great day!
When writing science fiction, what does it take to ‘build’ a new world for your novel? Research, research, research! Although science fiction appears to be top-heavy with spaceships and space battles, to be among the stars means there are other planets to consider, which will be my focus for this article. Otherwise, I find it effective to use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a guideline, to make sure I cover all the bases.
|Attribution: Maslow Hierarchy of Needs|
First, start with the physical world. If humans are already on your ‘new world’, they will have brought human developments with them. Even if you envision pod houses floating about with anti-gravity and geopositional guidance systems, you should know, and occasionally address, building considerations that your reader would otherwise question. For example, how is waste recycled in your traveling pod-home? Where and how do you renew your water supply? Even if you only provide half a line as a description, “… he moved it to the flash-bin,” or “… as he hovered six meters above the lake to up-vac another thousand liters…” your reader will understand you took the time to build your world thoroughly.
If your planet has life-forms, look at the life-forms on Earth. We have creatures that fly, swim, crawl, jump, run, slither, and glide. We have plants that grow out of the ground, fungi that grow under the ground, aerial plants in trees. We have microbes that range from beneficial yeasts to Ebola. Take some time to consider evolution and look for little details that may escape notice. For example, you may have your aliens use cilia to communicate in addition to sensing their environment!
There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth. Just look at this excerpt taken from
|Spiders and scorpions||102,248|
|Flowering plants (angiosperms)||281,821|
|Ferns and horsetails||12,000|
|Red and green algae||10,134|
do not include domestic animals such as sheep, goats and camels. Nor do they
include single-celled organisms such as bacteria. The original data can be found at: http://bit.ly/UMehiN
complex, what about other biospheres? A
little research on your part will go a long way!
hierarchy is safety. How do your
pod-homes keep from running into each other?
What kinds of unique employment are available to your characters due to
the physical aspects you design for your world?
How do your spaceships know where, when, and how to achieve parking
orbits? When you latch onto an idea,
make certain you follow through with your reasoning, whether you explain your
reasoning right away or not. In my To Be Sinclair series, there are regular
EM transmitters for most purposes, but for travel between the stars I needed a
mode of instant communication. As a
result, in book one, DIGNITY, I
mention ‘quantum transmitters’:
had never been inveigled nor enchanted, the two massively complicated
techniques used in producing quantum transmitters, with any other particles
whatsoever, much less with the highly-classified materials, filaments, and
diaphragms used for transmitters.
Nevertheless, I do not describe their design more fully until book seven, NOBILITY, because I had no need to do so until then.
One book I am writing has a lot of unique life-forms that love to gobble up human life-force, so I have bounty hunters who expand the ‘clear zones’ for human habitation. Even after a human presence of 70 years, the clear zones barely total 500 square kilometers, perhaps 1/3 the size of Connecticut. Why? Unless you have driven cross-country or hiked for a distance of 20 miles, you probably do not realize how enormous our planet is! The U.S is 6.5% of the world’s land-mass, Connecticut is only 0.01%, and by land-mass I mean only 29.2% of the planet’s surface. And life-forms tend to reflect one quality above all others: tenacity. So if you have a colony of humans, consider how long it would take for them to tame the planet.
If you think about the other needs listed in the pyramid, such as health and resources, your mind can explode with the possibilities, especially if you combine the two. What will human occupation do to the resources on the planet, health-wise? Will human microbes destroy the beautiful ganglionic spider-beings excreting the planet’s most valuable export? Would the humans need to be quarantined, or would the spiders? Then turn it around – what natural resources might affect your colonists, and would it slowly kill them off, or would living on the planet mean the people are constantly ‘high’?
The third step given by Maslow is love and belonging. When creating your society, consider what the goals of the establishment by humans were. Did the explorers want to bring life-forms back to Earth, were they escaping overpopulation, or do they simply plan to rape the planet of its natural resources? Explorers want to understand, people escaping overpopulation want to expand, rapists want to exploit for gain. It is an especially effective story-telling device to have your protagonist represent qualities that contrast with their society, determined to Make A Change.
Now look at the descriptors: friendship, family, sexual intimacy. In what ways will your heroine’s personality differ from the prevalent ones in her society? Why does she stand up for changes, anyway, and how do they affect her family, her lover, and her friends? The social system you devise should reflect everything from the base of the pyramid!
The best part about world-building in science fiction is getting to create intelligent aliens! Take everything I’ve mentioned above, and apply it to your alien species. I would encourage you, however, not to completely eliminate humans in your writing. Unless you anthropomorphize your aliens extensively, the fact is that you are writing for human readers, so if you try to eliminate the human element altogether, your readers may have little sympathy for your protagonist. Little interest = boredom = reduced readership. And we don’t want that, now, do we?
Why does Emperor Victor Sinclair fall
madly in love with Lady Felicia Sorensen?
She is a High Royal lady
scientist in a heavily patriarchal society, and the Emperor has only dated
socialites who see him as an icon and a prize. Felicia’s intellect and
capacity to see him as a man with more than sexual needs instantly inspires
Victor to want her as his Empress, for he needs true love and support, not a
lady who will be a burden upon his time and energy.
Although he entices her with all the
resources at his command, from sexual stimulation and outrageously expensive
gowns to promising she can ‘write her own job description’, Felicia cautiously
learns the differences between love and manipulation. After an
interplanetary invasion and being censured by a ducal panel, all due to one of
her inventions, she must choose between toughing out the extreme social and
political pressures of a high elevation, and pursuing her scientific
achievements. And Victor finds a way for Felicia to do them both!
of the seven-part To Be Sinclair
series. The saga begins with DIGNITY
and its companion volume MAJESTY,
which describe the romance and first years of marriage of the Emperor and
Empress of the Sinclair Demesnes. A few scenes describe sexually explicit
Eva Caye is the author of the To Be Sinclair series of science fiction romances.
After 17 years of teaching, a health crisis
forced Eva to re-evaluate her life.
Morphing from dilettante writer to crafting 8 books in two years, she
published her début novel, DIGNITY,
in August 2012, with MAJESTY expected
out in October (update to follow).
She lives in Louisville,
Kentucky, in a tiny, century-old farmhouse with her incredible husband and two