Good morning everyone. This week we welcome author, Gia Dawn to our little corner of the Web. Gia married her college sweetheart and after giving birth to her second son, finished writing her first book but she didn't manage to get it published. So she did what anyone else would do; she studied martial arts and belly dancing, opened her own New Age bookstore, and became a licensed massage therapist.
Then she discovered erotic romance and a whole new world opened up for her. Within five months she had finished and sold her first manuscript, a medieval fantasy which will be a summer 2007 release from Samhain Publishing, and is now happily writing the rest of the series.
She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and two teen aged sons, but makes frequent visits to her home state of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains that she loves.
First of all a great big thank you to the ladies here at Star-Crossed Romance for letting me come over and play today. As I celebrate the release of Princess of Thieves, Book III in my Demons of Dunmore series.
Which brings me to my topic of today...When is it time to leave your world behind?
I am finishing the final book in my Demons of Dunmore series. After three full-length novels and a novella, I will be leaving my world to move on to other projects. And, like many other authors, I find myself less and less willing to let go. I hadn’t intended to build a fantasy world, not at first. I originally pitched the books as straight historicals with fantasy elements, but my editor thought the language and dialog were too modern to please the historical reader, and suggested that I go all the way and make them into a true fantasy romance series.
At the beginning, I didn’t know a thing about world building. Basically, I changed the historical names and places with ones I completely made up. It was a simple fix, but one I was comfortable with. And so Westmyre was created, its cities and geography taking shape in my imagination.
As the series progressed, I added layers to my world, creating a history shrouded in magic and darkness, complete with a buried city unknown to Westmyre’s modern inhabitants—the Lost Blue City plays a prominent role in my newest Dunmore book, Princess of Thieves.
Paradoxically, as I reach the end of my stay in my world, I find myself wanting to explore it further, go back into its history and see how it came to be…reach into its dark ages and find the path my people took to survive the chaos and emerge into the light.
Marion Zimmer Bradley did this most excellently in her Darkover series. My favorite book in that series is The Storm Queen…and one of the saddest endings I think she ever wrote.
I also think Anne McCaffrey did another truly amazing job of developing the history of her world in her Pern series. In fact, she created several different eras in that series, all of them different yet connected by the dragons and the deadly thread that fell from the sky.
So what do you think? How much of a world is too much? Do you like reading about different periods in the development of a world, and appreciate the way the author ties them all together?
Or can you think of any instances where the past should have been left in the past?
Thank you so much for reading, and for any suggestions or comments you might have.
Demons of Dunmore Series from Samhain Publishing:
Lord Demon’s Delight
Princess of Thieves
Dunmore Book IV, coming summer of 2008!
A Fairy Special gift: Love & Lore Anthology, Samhain Publishing