Hi Everyone! As part of OWS CyCon 2019, I’m hosting a blog post by a fellow fantasy author. Keep reading for more fascinating insights…
As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors 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 an Author’s World Unique?
By A.F. Stewart
What makes my fantasy world unique?
First, it takes place mostly on the high seas so it is, at its heart, a nautical adventure tale.
Second, the main character, Captain Rafe Morrow, who is in command of the ship Celestial Jewel, is a god. That’s right, not a demi-god, not a half-blood, but he is a full-blown deity, the Gods of Souls, essentially a god of the underworld.
Which leads me to point three in what makes my world unique: ghosts are part of the ship’s crew. How does that work? Well, the ship, Celestial Jewel, was built in the land of the gods and the dead, called the After World, so any ghost on board has a physical form. Plus, the ship is magic and a bit sentient. Ghosts can also roam the world, but out there, they cannot be seen or heard, or interact with anyone.
And now we come to the fourth point of uniqueness. The peculiar dysfunctional gods and their, um, odd, relationships. Two of Rafe’s sisters try to kill him, the series villain has a past with Rafe’s mom, and there are other secrets best left for the readers. And then there are the Goddess of the Moon’s children…
Which is point five: Sea Monsters. Yes, the children of the Goddess of the Moon are sea monsters. Creatures that roam the seas feasting on the uncrossed souls of drowned sailors with names like wolf eels, scuttle squids, sea wyrms and, of course, a kraken (okay maybe that one isn’t unique, but hey, every sea tale needs a kraken).
So that’s a little about the oddities of my world. I hope you found it entertaining.
About A.F. Stewart
A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novels, novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry.
Meet A.F. Stewart Online
OWSCyCon2019 Author Booth: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/a-f-stewart-2/
Author Website: https://afallonblog.wordpress.com/
Author Blog: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/
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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!