Today I have Leslie Soule, author of Fallenwood, on the blog for a guest post and giveaway. Enjoy!
What is your favorite and least favorite part of writing fantasy?
Hello there, everyone! Well, let’s see. We’ll start with my favorite part, since that’s easier. My favorite part of writing fantasy is that you can include really anything you want that’s in keeping with the genre. For example, if I want to write about dragons with crystals set into their heads that shoot green flames and belch rose-scented perfume, it would be strange, but I could write about that and have it be part of the story I’m telling because it’s fantasy. Fantasy is a very free genre in that way, for a writer – very liberating.
The difficult part is also my least favorite part – making the magical/fantasy aspects actually make sense to the world you’re creating. In essence, you have to create ground rules for your fantasy world if the magic is going to be “real”, meaning that you have to explain its origin, how it works, who can use it and why, etc. The use of magic in a novel, opens up a whole can of worms and you have to start thinking about the story a bit scientifically rather than just artistically.
Fantasy is a great genre though. I absolutely love it. What I did with Fallenwood, and I would recommend it to aspiring authors as well – is that I first started by writing down things I liked, concept-wise, or names or types of characters, and then I could start thinking about how they’d interact and what kind of adventures they’d go on. Write about something you like, rather than something you think would be published or that other people would like, because if you’re not interested in the writing, it will show. Also, the main thing with writing is to keep at it, and you can’t do that if you’re not interested in the material yourself.
Thanks for having me here today!
-Leslie D. Soule
Thanks for stopping by Leslie!!
Fallenwood—a land where magic is the life force, dragons are sages, and wizards good and evil battle for supremacy. When 23-year-old Ash is thrust into the middle of Fallenwood’s power struggles, she is also forced to face her own inner battles. Life on Earth was hard enough on Ash, who is locked in grief for her stepfather. Now, the fate of Fallenwood rests on her shoulders. She must destroy the Great Crystal—the catalyst for all the land’s magic. As the kingdoms prepare for war, Ash must look inside to find the power to save the world, and herself.
The dragon’s eyes glowed, for a flickering moment, with white light.
“Ash,” the dragon continued, “Welcome to Terra Illumina…or as it is more commonly known, Fallenwood.” Then a fierce roaring laugh erupted from the stone, as though the dragon thought the new name a joke. “A dark, difficult, dangerous path lies before you, Ash Kensington.”
Ash’s heart grew heavy. In truth, she knew that she was destined to some terrible, dark fate. For so long, her life was filled with sadness and doubt, and one horrible thing after another. What else can I hope for?
“But Ash, you must not lose hope. Our world needs you..."
Leslie Soule lives in Sacramento, California. Fallenwood is her first fantasy novel. She has received her B.A. in English from Sacramento State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in English at National University. Leslie's Website
GIVEAWAY: Leslie will be giving away eBook copies of her paranormal story, "The Devil's Bidding", one at every tour stop to randomly drawn commenters. Comment below for your chance to win and please follow the tour and comment for even more chances to win!
*NOTE* Fallenwood is the October "Read for the Cure" book from Decadent Publishing. All publisher profits from the sale of Fallenwood in October will be donated to Relay For Life in the company’s efforts to help with the battle against cancer.