My name is D. Renee Bagby and I am a world builder. It is my preference. I am not one for research, though I will do it when I must. For me, making it all up as I go along is much more comfortable. The more “alien” the world, the better, to my mind. I will make up new calendars complete with date and month names, new ways of telling time, and even bits and pieces of new languages to get as far away from the world around us as I can.
What I cannot get away from are the most mundane things that fill our days but we tend to forget about since they are so mundane. In fact, I cannot and should not get away from them because they ground the story in a sense of reality.
My heroines are usually black. I like to take said heroines from an Earth not unlike our own and toss them back in time or across dimensions or across the universe to other worlds. In some cases, that tossing lands them in a locale that may not have all of the modern conveniences the heroine will have gotten used to after two to three decades of life.
The first thing my heroine is concerned with is how to get home. That is what most normal people would be worried about. As the writer, I know she is not going home any time soon (or at all, in the case of some of my stories). I am not worried about how she is getting home. Her hair is my main concern.
I am not saying my heroines are fashion plates that need to look perfect at all times. Far from it. However, black women's hair is not wash and wear. Not even when we are going natural is our hair wash and wear. Though, going natural does make it less complicated to maintain.
So my poor heroine, who has just been tossed into this strange locale with no beauty supply stores anywhere, is about one humid day (or rain storm) away from turning into a knotted puff ball that no comb alone will be able to tame.
It would probably only take a few paragraphs to explain away the problem and keep the story moving. Some might even say it is a waste of words but I guarantee there would be a few readers who would be pulled out of the story because that mild and mundane concern was not broached.
There are plenty of other mundane things that some people overlook when writing -- monthly cycles, potty breaks, and should you really be eating/drinking that?
The first thing people tell you when visiting Mexico (from the United States) is not to drink the water. Should that not go double for a whole new world across the universe and quadruple if your heroine is traveling back in time?
Yes, potty breaks are not the most romantic of things to write about but a quick aside about a trip to the bushes would not hurt. If done right, it even becomes comic relief.
And last but definitely not least is every woman's monthly visitor. You cannot get away from it in real life (not without drugs or major surgery), so it is not something that should be glossed over in fiction either.
There are many more mundane things people tend to overlook when writing, no matter what the genre. I am sure you have already thought of some I did not mention. Using those mundane things to somewhat ground the fiction in reality makes the fantasy that much richer and easier to believe.
I am D. Renee Bagby and I love Building New Realms of Passion every day.
To Contact Renee:
URL - http://dreneebagby.com/
Blog - http://dreneebagby.blogspot.com/
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Publisher: Siren Publishing, Menage Amour Imprint
Genre: Interracial, Time Travel, Menage (m/f/m)
eBook - $6.99
Print - $16.99
Read Chapter One:
Time is on their side and they can be together, assuming the truth doesn't ruin everything first.