World-Building Wonders Category

World-Building Wonders – The Gliding Lands

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is Deanna Fugett.

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Life is precious to me. I wanted to emphasis that in my writing. In my story Ending Fear, there is a place called The Gliding Lands where they do not value life. Much like communist China, the Uppers are only allowed to have one child (this has recently been changed in China, but for many years this was law). In the world I created, if you try to sneak a second baby into the world, it will get thrown over the edge of the Gliding Lands, only to fall hundreds of feet to the earth below. Pretty horrific, am I right? And heaven forbid you get to keep and raise your own children. That’s what the governments for. It takes a village and all that jazz. [...]  read more

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World-Building Wonders – Animal Research Inspires Cultures

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is Terri Luckey.

I’ve had several compliments on my world building in the Kayndo series and I’m often asked how I came up with everything. The answer is three-fold. I dreamed some, I did research, and I let my imagination run wild.

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In my dream, wars wrought planet wide destruction of civilization, and a white wolf came to help the few survivors left. Those survivors formed clans with animal companions and banished technology. [...]  read more

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World-Building Wonders – Mystics as Conduits of God’s Power

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is Laurie Lucking.

When I began the first draft of my current work-in-progress, I encountered a problem. I had a strong sense that I wanted to include Christian themes in my story, but the plot I had outlined also involved the scheming of a dark sorcerer. As a Christian, I didn’t feel comfortable having any of the “good guys” in my book practicing magic, at least the way we define it in our world, but how else could the sorcerer be defeated? [...]  read more

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World-Building Wonders – Using Historical Details

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is Heather Elliot.

In 10th grade, I wrote three 90+ page novels and two 60+ page shorter stories, all of them set during World War Two. I learned several things from that experience:

  1. A) How to touch type.
  2. B) History is the coolest thing ever.
  3. C) My imagination is too big to cram into the box of strict historical fiction.
  4. D) Anything I wrote at age fifteen will never see daylight again.

I have been researching, outlining, writing and rewriting my current novel for the last five years. Halfway through the rough draft I figured out who the titular character would be. Rewrite #3 saw my two warring kingdoms named. Rewrite #4 (or is it #5 now?) was 20,000+ words in before I solidified the real-world influences for the primary cultures. [...]  read more

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World-Building Wonders – A Quick Glimpse of Little Folk

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is James Puckett.

Perhaps the main world-building component of my current WIP involves a group of people that are about six inches tall in comparison to most of the rest of the characters. Although the premise for the smaller folks came to me in a dream, there are a couple legends in the Pacific Northwest that helped me fill in some blanks: Artesians were little forest dwellers who supposedly brewed Rainier Beer, and Sasquatch (Bigfoot) originates in a Native American story about a giant figure who lurks somewhere in this area as well. [...]  read more

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