January 13, 2012

Yesterday's Daughter by Sallie Lundy-Frommer: Guest Post {Tribute Books Tour}

Today I am hosting Sallie Lundy-Frommer, author of Yesterday's Daughter, for a guest post about world-building. Enjoy!

I wanted to laugh when I saw that I would be writing about “world building” and the fantasy elements for Yesterday’s Daughter because I didn’t consciously apply a technique. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s true and I’d prefer to be honest.

Anyway, this is what I did. As you may know, Yesterday’s Daughter is a product of my dreams. Once I decided to write the book, I was concerned about how I would describe the vampire world. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to describe and write with the same clarity with which I dreamed. Many parts of the book take place in the human world, but other parts occur in the vampire world. These realms share the same timeframe but not the same spaces or locations.

To describe the fantasy elements of the vampire world, one of the first things I did was draw pictures and lists using easel pads. I covered the walls of my office with the pages. Some were just pictures; they weren’t elaborate, little more than stick figures. These doodles aided me in recounting the story and keeping track of features of structures, like textures and colors.

On some easel pads, I listed characters and relationships. Whereas, on others, I scribbled types of creatures, listed organizations and their hierarchical structures. Also, I jotted down facts about the vampires’ religious order, beliefs and deities. These diagrams and lists acted as visual cues, helped aid me with consistency, and reminded me of things I might have forgotten. And, when writing scenes with lots of activity and many characters, I diagramed their movements. This was a huge help in keeping track of all the characters and their locations in relationship to one another.

At the beginning of this posting, I said it was funny that I’d be writing on the topic of “world building and fantasy elements.” Why? Because before being asked to write this, I wasn’t familiar with the term, “world building.” And yet, in writing Yesterday’s Daughter, that’s exactly what I did, build a world. Who knew...:-)

Thanks for stopping by Sallie!

Pages: 250
Release: January 24, 2011
Buy Links: Amazon | Kindle| Nook | Smashwords
Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden.

She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Sallie Lundy-Frommer Bio: I can’t remember a time when vampires have gotten more attention. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human and popular books like the Twilight and Dark Series, it’s seems like they’re everywhere. Vampires have always been my favorite supernatural characters. But why? Why am I fascinated with these fantasy beings? Why are you? My interest drove me to write a book, Yesterday’s Daughter. But I could have written about anything, werewolves, cat people or some other paranormal beings, but I chose vampires. Why, I wrote about vampires? I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Maybe I chose vampires because they exude prowess and majesty. But, that would be an all too simple answer. And when I think about it, I know it’s not a complete answer. But it’s a start. What do you think? Why are so many people so interested in these mythical creatures.

As for me, I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. At an early age,my family moved to the urban North-East. Now I live in the suburban North-East with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and currently work in the health care industry.

Blog Tour Schedule:
January 2
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

January 3
Unabridged Bookshelf

January 4

January 5
The Ink Puddle

January 6
Paranormal Indulgence

January 7
The Writer's Voice

January 9
Addicted to Romance

January 10
The Character Connection

January 10
Mom in Love with Fiction

January 11
The Plot Thickens

January 11
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

January 12

January 13
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

January 13
Reader Girls

January 16
City Girl Who Loves to Read

January 17
Xpresso Reads

January 17
The Wormhole

January 18
Lisa's World of Books

January 20
Mrs. Papillion The Book Worm

January 24
vvb32 reads

January 30
From the TBR Pile


  1. Kate, thanks for hosting Sallie today. We appreciate your support of her vampire romance.

    Sallie, I love how you drew pictures while you were working out the story. What a great idea!

    1. Tribute Books,

      I had to draw the stick figures and diagrams or I would have been lost in the scenes, in the world of Yesterday's Daughter. Before writing Yesterday’s Daughter, I never gave it much thought. I don’t know what other writers do, but these tools came naturally to me, the lists, diagrams and simple drawings. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to keep certain elements of the story straight in my head.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Kate,

    Thanks for hosting me...:-) I really appreciate it.

  3. I love meeting new authors and hearing about new books. I think that is funny about learning the world building term. That has happened to me frequently in our techno age when so many new terms are thrown at us all the time.

    The story sounds good and I look forward to reading it.

    1. I appreciate your comments, Sophia Rose. I figured I'd just be honest and admit what I didn't know.........:-) But it's a funny thing, that you can do something and not know that there is a technical or specific term for it....Makes me wonder what else I don't know...:-) (lol)

      I hope you enjoy the book and I'd love to get your feedback once you've read it.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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