Welcome to this stop on Mysti's tour with her book Serenya's Song!! She is here today to talk to us about what came first in her wondrous world. Let's take a look at what she had to say:
Which Came First: The World or The Elves?
First of all, a huge thank you to Nikki here at Close Encounters with the Night Kind for hosting me on my Page Turners book tour. I heard tell that Nikki wanted to know a little bit about how I created the world of Tallenmere, where my fantasy romance series is playing out.
So, which came first: Tallenmere or its inhabitants? If you believe in Creationism, it makes sense that God might have had us in mind before time began. But, even He had to give us somewhere to live before he actually created us.
Authors don’t have to adhere to such practicalities. Which means I first thought, and still think, my characters into existence before I build their world around them. With that in mind, let’s delve into the murky waters of my thought process concerning the creation of one of my main characters.
Caliphany, the beautiful, kick-ass wizard/ranger from A Ranger’s Tale was my first “child”, born out of many years playing MMORPGs and watching the amazing archery feats of Orlando Bloom as Legolas. I began writing roleplaying stories about her, deciding that the tall buxom blonde must be a high-elf, and would therefore come from a large elven city. I knew she would be magically inclined, but wanted instead to live the life of a ranger. That decision would have to be frowned upon by her family, since elves life the hoity-toity life apart from the rest of the world. But, more than that, she couldn’t come from just any old elven family. No, the conflict had to be greater, so I made her the niece of the king. I did consider princess briefly, but that idea’s grown a little cliché.
Now, our tall, pointy-eared lass needed a venue in which to break free from her gilded cage. She wouldn’t know about rangers and the world outside the city walls, I reasoned, unless she spent lots of time observing and speaking with travelers. So, I gave Leogard a bustling dock and had her sneaking there early one morning to watch the first ships of the day arrive and depart.
Tallenmere’s evolution started from those docks, where ranger and ship captain Galadin Trudeaux rescued Caliphany from near-kidnapping. She asked him to train her as a ranger and stowed away on his ship when her father attempted to force her into marriage. Talk about opportunity! Once you get your characters moving from one place to another, you’ve got the whole fantasy world at your hands, quite literally.
The rest of their adventure played out on the Southern Sea, where the Pillars of Yggrich, massive rocks jutting from the sea, provided both danger and a good hiding spot. Then, on to Faewood, home of the faeries. Caliphany had been so sheltered, I needed to give her some exotic locations to visit, after all.
I formed the Eastwood Mountains at the edge of Faewood, so she and Galadin would have the perfect location to hide from the king’s guards and continue with ranger training. A nice conflict was needed here too, so I took them to Bastivar, a crumbling temple infested with goblins. This gave Caliphany a chance to screw up enough to abandon her ranger skills momentarily in favor of her powerful fire magic, something she’d wanted to forget until that point.
From there, the story moved to Tilliya Island, then back to Leogard, where Caliphany’s first love Jayden Ravenwing came into the story….
Ok, ok, I won’t prattle on and on, or else I’ll be summarizing the whole book, but I think I’ve shown, hopefully to a fitting degree, that my world-building depends mostly on my characters, their motivations, and conflicts.
This is no less true for Serenya’s Song, which takes place in the small town of Summerwind. Jayden needed some place to escape after…I guess you’ll just have to read to find out. Ain’t I a stinker?
Yes...Yes you are!! LOL!! Let's take a look at the book details:
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