Guest - D. Renee Bagby

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Good morning, everyone! We have a special guest today - D. Renee Bagby who'll be talking about worldbuilding, one of my favorite topics. Enjoy!


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.


Renee is a military brat turned military wife who is currently stationed in MD with her husband and two cats.
Whether writing as D. Renee Bagby or Zenobia Renquist, she is a world-builder. She loves inventing new cultures and shaping their histories and laws because it beats researching the existing ones.
Her stories span the fantasy gamut but she dabbles in sci-fi and contemporary from time to time. While her main characters tend to be of different races, she doesn't let skin color rule or limit her stories. For her, it's all about how much she can torture her characters so they earn their happily-ever-after ending.
The rules are all new and pre-conceived notions will only slow you down, so when reading Renee's stories, she asks only one thing -- Leave Your Reality Behind.

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Publisher: Siren Publishing, Menage Amour Imprint
Genre: Interracial, Time Travel, Menage (m/f/m)

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11 Responses to "Guest - D. Renee Bagby"

D. Renee Bagby said...

Thanks so much for having me. :D

~ Renee

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Renee! Thanks for being with us today!

Pauline said...

oh, those mundane details! Great article today!

D. Renee Bagby said...

Pauline - Thanks.

~ Renee

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Mundane details do give a novel a vivid sense of setting, time and place. Good luck with your novel!

Jacqueline Seewald
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, historical romance

Linda Andrews said...

Great article. I can appreciate those mundane details in fiction especially when done with humor. Funniest thing I saw in a movie was the twigs used for dental care in Regency England and the time traveling heroine's explanation of a landing strip (not the one planes use either). Talk about world's colliding.

Your books sounds like fun.

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Janey B said...

Great article. I think what you're talking about is the details that make a story real, no matter where or when it takes place.

LaVerne Thompson said...

Great article, Renee. And I agree completely. Too often I've read a time travel story that conveniently neglects to mention a few of those things. I just finished reading Eris and I loved the way you dealt with her hair. Well done.


Unknown said...

D! I am instantly a fan! What you said made so much sense and as black woman with those concerns... I often think about that when I'm reading other people's work! But not when I am writing my own! You have opened my eyes and for that I am grateful.


Barbara Monajem said...

Very entertaining, especially the comments about the hair, LOL.