So, there I was minding my own business when the “Tag! Your It” blog hop came my way. I never saw it coming. When the smoke cleared I decided these were just the right three questions at the right time.
The tag came courtesy of Bill Jones, Jr., an an accomplished and innovative writer. I recommend that you take a look at his blog: This Blog Intentionally Blank.
Okay, lets jump right in…
What are you working on right now?
More specifically, I’m working on everything you can find on this site: my blog, poetry, and the installments of Last Word Before Dying, the second story in my fantasy series. Don’t worry, it doesn’t give anything away concerning the first story.
My primary focus is on my novel, Where Light Devours, the first story in the Ontyre series. It’s about Ergain Cursa, a woman in Hartise who must discover her true worth and potential before she can avert the Ministry of Magic’s plan to unleash the butchering force they’ve secretly developed, a terror that could slaughter the country’s populous.
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
To the delight of some, and the possible horror of others, I’ve discarded many fantasy norms, re-imagined others, and added new elements.
Absent are elves, dragons, prophecies, and other fantasy conventions, some first popularized by Tolkien and considered sacred to some readers. Well, I don’t have a fresh take on those fantasy elements so I’ll leave them to others.
On the other hand, there are wizards and sorcerer’s, but their roles are a bit different . They’re more like magic scientists. Nikola Tesla would have made a great wizard in Hartise. Too, wizards and sorcerers are in opposition to each other. There are also others who possess specialized magic, an especially heavy burden when magic is outlawed. Need more? There are werewolf packs, changelings, cirque cats, mammoths, demons, gargoyles, gryphons and a host of other peoples and creatures that populate the world I created.
Need even more? Then visit Ontyre Visions for visual representations.
The setting is similar to our late 19th century, but there isn’t mechanization. Instead, magic, besides existing within individuals, has replaced electricity as a power source. It’s a power that is harnessed for good and evil and in other cases remains wild and beyond anyone’s control.
Despite my world building creativity, my greatest joy was creating a human story. Complex magic, sweeping vistas, and untold horrors are all fine, but what interests me most are the people who live their lives in Hartise (and beyond its borders). They must find a way to love, to survive, and maybe, just maybe, make the world a better place.
You could call my perspective wondrous reality…
But I’ll just call it Alternative Fantasy.
Why do you write what you do?
Another answer is because I’ve always possessed an irrepressible imagination that demanded an outlet. I chose the fantasy genre because it provided me the most space to house all my literary interests. Mix together romance, mystery, horror, adventure, and sci-fi and I’m in my element. Fantasy was where I could mix all those elements.
And I earn frequent traveler miles between worlds.
I always feel awkward tagging so I’m going to instead welcome everyone to leave your own answers to these questions in the comment section or, of course, write your own blog post detailing your answers.