Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 2 of 2

 

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired.

 

Anna Simpson, author of Mexmur, the Huntress:

Even if you ask a reader to suspend belief, I think they still need to relate to the world where the story plays out. With this in mind, either side of my portal, are similar to Earth’s and also touched on the fairy tale kingdoms most of us know. I basically made a wheel on an imaginary map with the portal in the hub and the kingdoms of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, etc. All of them had some sprinkle of magic and depended on the magical source of the portal. I hoped it would help the reader believe in magic, dragons and heroes.

The space round where the portal stands is clearly marked with white stones because it isn’t easily seen. I used the mist floating behind the gates to help me figure out what was on the other side. It would be damp, and light would have trouble reaching the ground. Trees with very large leaves as high as the canopies of the South American rainforests and the ground down below soft with dampness where in the dimness spindly plants try to grow.

 

Christy Thomas, author of Maronda’s Quest:

I used both elements. I wrote the story using only my imagination, but when I began to revise, I struggled with describing parts of the setting. With help from a Medieval Faire that came to town and Google, I used some of what I saw and read to help with descriptions.

 

Laurie Treacy, author of Ordinary World:

I used a combination of real world elements for the setting, some psychology and added paranormal and fantastical items like a grimoire which I improved upon with my own ideas.

 

 No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren’t meant to be tread.

 

Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres) Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: June 5, 2014

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano

 

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Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 1 of 2

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired

 

Michael Siciliano, author of The Lunatic Queen:

I used some real world elements.

I came up with a system for creating character names that have a certain cultural feel. I’d find a baby-naming site where the names have been subdivided into culture and gender. I’d search under those preferences and then skim through the result. If one struck my fancy, I’d play with the name a bit by substituting a consonant or a vowel. If that didn’t get the perfect name, I’d substitute more than one. If none of that clicked, I’d consider taking the original name. Such was the case with Pavel and Tamara. Also, I had a crush on a Tamara in college and always wanted to use the name in a story.

I do the same with place names. Both geographical features and city/town/village names. In some cases, I’d simply take the name, and in others I’d do the same substitution I described above. This process has helped me immensely with my fantasy series.

During research for a different short story, I came across several North American Indian folktales about stealing the sun.  One from the Northwest involves a raven, while another from the southwest uses a coyote and an eagle. Russian folktales are filled with stories about witches, Baba Yaga being the most infamous.

I combined these two elements, but I needed a concrete, viable reason why someone would steal the sun. I came up with the idea of the moons powering the witch’s magic, but only when visible in the sky. What better way to ensure the moons would be visible than to steal the sun that out-shines them during the day?

With all of that decided, and the visual prompt before me, the story wrote itself.

 

Havva Murat, author of Where Once were Hearts:

Having never traveled to the Yorkshire moors, most of the setting was plucked from my imagination combined with a good dose of the Bronte sisters’ work. The characters were also drawn largely from my imagination. I’ve enjoyed the work of other steampunk authors such as Gail Carriger, Philip Pullman and Paul Di Filipo over the last few years so I’m sure they have inspired both the characters and the setting in many ways. Clockwork hearts, spell casters and disemboweled squirrels aren’t part of my everyday world either, but I wish they were!

 

Echo Shea, author of Entrance of Lost Souls:

The story is set in Maryland…or what Maryland could be? There are waterfalls and woods and wells in the state, but this story wasn’t based on any one in particular.

No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren’t meant to be tread.

 

Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres) Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: June 5, 2014

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano

 

Add it to your Goodreads TBR Pile  

How About a little giveaway?

 $10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Portals

 

Just follow the Rafflecopter link for your chance!

 

Purchase Links:

PRINT: Roane Publishing | Createspace | Amazon

DIGITAL: Roane Publishing | Amazon | Amazon (UK)  | Smashwords | Bookstrand