Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mythology behind the creation of Madison’s world

by Cherie Colyer

Madison’s story takes place in modern day, but since there is a supernatural element there was still a world that had to be created and rules that had to be followed for the reader to believe the impossible is possible.

World building is one of my favorite parts of writing fantasy. It’s like being handed a magic wand and being told I can make anything I desire come true. All I have to do to make it true is want it bad enough. The possibilities are endless. I suppose it’s like giving an artist a blank canvass and a palette of paint and telling him to go at it or letting a teenager loose in their favorite store and saying the sky’s the limit.

To create a fantasy world that others will believe in, the unknown must fit flawlessly into everyday life. Forces that are beyond our understanding have to be able to blend in with the scenery.

This is where a lot of the research I talked about in my previous guest post comes in handy. I started by understanding what is believed to be true from legends and myths and built on these ideas by putting my own spin on them. Hopefully what I’ve ended up with is a story that will entertain and leave the reader wanting more.


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Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. 

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him. 

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. 

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. 


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  1. I absolutely love worldbuilding. Every post makes me want to read the book more (nicely done!). And Katie - how did I not know you had a blog?? :)

  2. Hi Katie! Thanks so much for letting me hijack your blog for the day and for being a part of the launch party!

  3. Cherie, I look forward to reading about the world you've created.

  4. This does build nicely on the post at Kym's place. I've found that my favorite fantasy stories are the ones that feel like they could actually happen in the real world. Looking forward to reading Embrace.

  5. I enjoy world building, but discover, when I reflect on what I've written, that I've missed something - there's a loophole that isn't explained. Then I end up with a list of questions that need answering in preparation for the next draft. That provides more fun as I figure out how to answer them :).