April Fantasy/Sci-fi Author Interview Answer #5 “What goes into building a world?”


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So, the 5th question is “What goes into building a world?”


1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt 

I primarily write urban and contemporary fantasy, which has fantasy taking place in the modern world. That means the surface world is the one we know, and my job is to create the world beneath it. So I have to decide how big this hidden world is. In some cases, it’s a whole realm, which means I have to think about where it’s located, how it’s hidden, and what kind of people populate it. In other cases, it’s more like hidden pieces of another world, buried in the fabric of modern society. In that case, it means figuring out how the world coexists in secret with our world, and just who the people that keep it secret are. It all depends on what kind of story you want to tell.


2) Author #2:  M.A.N. 

A lot of naming, some unsaid world history and rules of the setting, making characters that act according to their personality and not the plot, and a decision on the types of cultures that’ll be meshed together and explored in said world.


3) Author #3:  Peighton Weber 

What I do is I plan a world that I would want to live in because I know that my readers would want to live there too.


4) Author #4:  Lisa Lowell 

I love the work of Karen Azinger, who wrote about how a world has architecture, religion, government and many other facets, just like our world. Mentioning those things within your writing makes it seem more real, even if that architecture is floating from the bottom of a cloud and the government is run by rodents. Making a deliberate effort to sprinkle those pieces into the adventure creates a world for me.


5) Author #5:  Rachael Krotec 

Everything that might exist within our own! Government, religion, culture, language, fashion, etc. But like I said for the second question, I try and only include what’s necessary to understand the plot and/or character(s).


6) Author #6:  Mark Piggott

You have to mix it up, from terrain to names of towns and cities. The first world I designed was the island of Avalon, so it was a little easy to reuse some traditional names from the British Isles for it, but I also created some of my own names in there. you have to match the personality of the creatures with the names and the terrain. Goblins like dark, dank places, as do Dwarves, but you need to add in grand architecture to show the difference in the races. The one good thing with world building in a fantasy world is that the sky’s the limit. If you want a floating island, you can have a floating island, as long as you can explain why it floats.

Words on paper and its translations


8) Author #8: Steve Holder

A lot of imagination.


9) Author #9: Dyane Forde

Lots! You have to think about languages and their evolution across time and cultures, about people groups and their interwoven histories, about how they dress and speak and what makes them different from the other peoples populating the world… It’s a lot of intricate planning and development, but it’s worth it.


10) Author #10: David Chylde

Creating imagery that really puts you there. In my book, you truly feel like you’re in the dark underbelly of Atlanta.

11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski

I feel setting the scenery is important, so the reader can sense your surroundings with you.


12) Author #12:  Ellwyn Autumn 

Imagination, organization and flexibility.

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April Fantasy/Sci-fi Author Interview Answer #4 “How do you develop weapons with magic?”


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So, the 4th question is “How do you develop weapons with magic?”


1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt 

I try to find weapons that really fit the kind of magic I’m using. For example, I’ve used magic based on elements (water, fire, etc.) so I try to think what kind of weapon would fit them. A trident works great for water, but not so much with wind. I also have to think of how the weapon can be used. I’ve used a hammer to control the earth because it’s easy to imagine it breaking the ground apart. Currently, my stories are based more on mythology, so there are examples for me to use and build on.


2) Author #2:  M.A.N. 

I gauge the power level of the world, how it’s operating and what kind of magic is being used. Then I give certain weapons different properties based on the type of magic available, and scale the power to that. I also think about what would make sense in that world as far as weapon development.


3) Author #3:  Peighton Weber 

Every weapon from my novel is forged from the blood of people with magical abilities.


4) Author #4:  Lisa Lowell 

Talismans can be weapons. They focus power more than go into battle. For example, Vamilion, the main protagonist in Ley Lines, uses his ax and pick to split the earth open. A canyon suddenly opening up in front of them tends to stop invading armies. In my subsequent books – written but not yet published – there’s a sword that can read the secret names of demons, a bracer that will block invasions and a staff that can move its wielder to another dimension. My magic weapons are usually only defensive, at least in the Wise Ones series.


5) Author #5:  Rachael Krotec 

The magic in my first book, Premonition, gives everyone special and unique abilities so that the weapons themselves are imbued with spells, rather than the weapon having its own magic.


6) Author #6:  Mark Piggott

Magic is a tool, like science is in our world. Keeping that in mind helped me develop magical weapons. I didn’t want a magic sword for the the sake of a magic sword, it had to have a purpose and a power behind it. As for spells, I wanted to create magic with a language based in our world. For that purpose, I used Latin for my spell-casting, but Dwarves (being from Scandinavia) use Old Norse for their spells. I tried to connect the myth with the language as appropriate.

Visualizing the possibility


8) Author #8: Steve Holder

I tend to write characters who think magically, so their actions and motives create the magic in their interactions with others who they seek to control.


9) Author #9: Dyane Forde

There aren’t many magical weapons in the books, but the ones that exist are inspired by the traits of the character using them as well as how the weapon influences those characters. They are, essentially, extensions of the character.


10) Author #10: David Chylde

My stripper/hunters use throwing knives, spellbursts, and silver stars.

11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski

I just think about what weapons would be most used in the time periods. In medieval fairy tales, it was swords, for example. In modern times, we have guns.


12) Author #12:  Ellwyn Autumn 

When my characters have a need for one I try to come up with something that’s effective and follows the rules of the world.

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April Fantasy/Sci-fi Author Interview Answer #3 “How do you get your ideas?”


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So, the 3rd question is “How do you get your ideas?”


1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt 

Some of my ideas come from thing I read or watch, and others come from interactions with people. There’s a lot in the world to inspire you if you pay attention and learn how to make it your own.


2) Author #2:  M.A.N. 

Mostly from what I would like to see. Like “It would be cool if…” Other than that, it’s usually a mix of the media I consume and my personal musings.


3) Author #3:  Peighton Weber 

Whenever I have writer’s block, I go onto Pinterest and look up key words from my novel, which then beings up images related to it. I usually just scroll through those images for a while until I’m ready to get back to writing.


4) Author #4:  Lisa Lowell 

Most of my ideas are rooted in the worlds of others and the world around me. I live in a gorgeous part of the world. The waterfalls that play a prominent part of my first book Talismans, and in the third book, Life Giver, that is about to come out, are directly from walks behind the falls that is up the road from me. I love certain characters in David Brin’s work, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia McKillip and others. I take one aspect of that character and try to build someone new, but with that person’s character flaws or traits. Also, as I said above, I go on a journey with my character, knowing what new aspect I want them to change, and wait for the inspiration to strike once I arrive.


5) Author #5:  Rachael Krotec 

Oh, my. Everywhere and anything! (I think.) I’m not one who believes writing is some-sort of mystical and mysterious thing that only comes when the Muses bless you. Often times, I write stories that ask a question that I personally want to explore the answer to–if there even is an answer.


6) Author #6:  Mark Piggott

When I was first deployed, I was missing my new wife and newborn baby girl tremendously. With late night D&D sessions off duty, it led to a recurring dream about being lost on an island with my wife and daughter. As my family grew, the dream expanded, but it always happened when I was deployed. On my last deployment, I decided to write down my dream and it developed into my novel, Forever Avalon. The funny thing is, after I finished my novel, I stopped having the dream.

Sci-Fi movies, magazines and personal deep thinking


8) Author #8: Steve Holder

Some of my ideas come from my imagination, while others come from my dreams. Many come from me seeing the world in a way that is unusual and sort of strange. I think outside the box, and I write outside the box. I use my own style, and I am not afraid to break rules I have read that are supposed to guide writers in a particular direction. I like to make up my own rules as I go, and my characters seem to be that way, as well.


9) Author #9: Dyane Forde

Most of my stories are character driven, so figuring out who they are and what they want was important. Developing the characters–knowing what drives them–helps determine how to get the most out of them as well as what has to happen in the story.


10) Author #10: David Chylde

Most of it comes from my background in the Atlanta adult entertainment/nightclub scene.

11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski

Sometimes, it’s as simple as something that happened to me in the last week.


12) Author #12:  Ellwyn Autumn 

By listening to music, observing what’s around me and looking at fantasy photographs.

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April Fantasy/Sci-fi Author Interview Answer #2 “How do you create such a complex, fantasy world within your story?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the April Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Fantasy/Sci-fi authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

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So, the 1st question is “How do you create such a complex, fantasy world within your story?”


1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt 

Well, I’ve generally stayed away from the heavy fantasy of Tolkien and the like, mainly because I’m not quite as interested in the epic sword and sorcery type fantasy. I prefer to write about magic and fantasy happening in the ‘real’ world. It’s a lot of fun imagining how fantasy could turn the modern world upside down! But at the same time, it’s also a great base that gives you an existing world and lets you create a completely opposite world as well.


2) Author #2:  M.A.N. 

I start with the concept of the story and build the world around it. Then I mix what is ‘realistic’ in a world like that (different countries, animals, etc.) with what’s interesting and cool.


3) Author #3:  Peighton Weber 

My world isn’t all that complex. The only thing that’s unusual is the people and animals.


4) Author #4:  Lisa Lowell 

The first time I made a fantasy world, I drew a map and then made up stories about how this place started and then became ruins, when this mountain erupted, what kind of dragons would live here. Then I shifted it to focus on the characters. I took the weakest, most pathetic, little mousy girl and wondered what would turn her into an enchantress queen. What experiences would be required to force her out of her mundane existence and launch her into those changes. That thought process led to the Heart Stones, magic judgement talismans, that activate her innate gifts, monitor her motivations and open her to new experiences in magic. Next, the need to travel on the Hero’s Journey, means she is going to encounter a variety of magical creatures, people and experiences. These pop up like dandelions as I arrive to each one. I don’t actually plan that part, other than knowing she must meet new challenges. Because of this, the fantasy world is revealed to me just as much as it is to my character.


5) Author #5:  Rachael Krotec 

This is a tough question, so much planning goes into creating a fantasy world. I think it depends on the story, as far as how much detail I include. I think a mistake writers often make is including unnecessary details about the world that have nothing to do with the plot or have no effect on the character(s). Sometimes, the cliche phrase, “Less is more,” rings true. When something affects the plot or a character in the story, then I make sure to expand upon it. I often start with the little things, then build my way up to more complex topics–or the other way around! World-building is an ongoing process and I don’t have all the details until, usually, after the first, or even the second, draft. When I’m stuck, I ask myself, “What’s necessary for the reader to understand the plot or this character(s)?”


6) Author #6:  Mark Piggott

I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons in my youth and early in my Navy career. Being able to create elaborate worlds, characters, and dungeons helped me in the creative process of world-building. I get my inspiration from books, movies, and anime. it feeds the creative juices in me and helps me develop my stories.

The power of esoteric assertions


8) Author #8: Steve Holder

I create my fantasy worlds within our actual earth world. I use flawed characters who do very stupid and unpredictable things with and to other extremely flawed characters. I like fantasy mixed with horror. My first novel, Twelve Steps Past Hell, is a good example. It is a great mix of horror and scifi. With a few plot twists to keep the reader interested it comes to an unforgettable ending that is surprising and pleasing to the reader.


9) Author #9: Dyane Forde

I wrote about what I loved and what interested me. I like culture and languages, so it was fun to develop people groups inspired by these interests. I also wanted to develop a world that ‘felt real’–relatable and familiar–but that had elements of fantasy and the supernatural in it.


10) Author #10: David Chylde

My storyline in Whiskey, Blood, and Magic centers around clubs, strip bars, and the gothic sex fantasy mansion in the mountains. It’s what the book called for.

11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski

Sometimes, I take elements from everything I see and hear, whether in the news or real life or other stories, I’ve read.


12) Author #12:  Ellwyn Autumn 

I don’t have a strict process. The story comes to me in pieces or glimmers and I write them down. I do try to keep outlines and detailed notes on the characters and places within the world. This can get challenging sometimes.

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April Fantasy/Sci-fi Author Interview Answer #1 “What made you become a writer?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the April Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Fantasy/Sci-fi authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

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So, the 1st question is “What made you become a writer?”


1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt 

I was always a heavy reader growing up; I’ve read everything from fantasy to sci-fi to horror, and beyond. It all made me want to create stories and worlds of my own.


2) Author #2:  M.A.N. 

I began writing as a hobby, just to have fun/be creative. It went from small to large and so on and just kept growing to the point that I basically had a book written. From then on, I looked into it seriously and realized I love creating worlds and characters.


3) Author #3:  Peighton Weber 

Ever since I was little, I was always in love with the idea of reading and storytelling and since kindergarten, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to write a story of my own.


4) Author #4:  Lisa Lowell 

I grew up in a family of artists, and writing just seemed to go right along with the drawing, painting, carving, sculpting and photography that everyone else did. It had the added advantage of not being in direct competition with siblings. It also featured the wonderful aspect of being ‘not observable’. People couldn’t just walk by and say, “I like it”, or “that’s dreadful”. They actually have to engage the story before they can make a judgement. Plus, grandma had this absolutely delightful manual typwriter that made fun clicking sounds.


5) Author #5:  Rachael Krotec 

I’ve always been entranced with stories from a young age and couldn’t resist writing my own. It started with poetry, then branched out to short stories, novellas, then novels. It wasn’t until I went to university that I seriously considered pursuing writing, and I had many wonderful people who encouraged me to do so, too, which was helpful, since writing can often be such a solitary endeavor.


6) Author #6:  Mark Piggott

I joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school as a Navy Journalist. In that role, I had the opportunity to write a variety of things from news articles to feature stories about the people ad places I experienced in my Navy career. That led me to writing on my own and developing my writing style as an author.

The need to create impact in the lives of people


8) Author #8: Steve Holder

I enjoy the creative process, as well as the rewards of being appreciated as a writer.


9) Author #9: Dyane Forde

I just always loved reading and writing. I liked the idea of making up my own worlds and characters and sharing them with readers. Writing also allowed me to think more deeply about things and explore complex ideas.


10) Author #10: David Chylde

I start trying to create comic books in the sixth grade and realized the writing is what I really enjoyed.


11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski 

I still felt like writing after completing my Ph.D. dissertation but wanted to do something completely different.


12) Author #12:  Ellwyn Autumn 

Since I was a small child, I’ve enjoyed telling stories. I also love playing around with words and word combinations. Putting the two together is challenging and fun.

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