Thursday, February 3, 2011
Interview : The Blog Realm
Many blogs feature interviews with authors and agents, but Realm Lovejoy draws pictures of them as well.
I'd been searching for some information on an agent called Diana Fox, and found not only an interview with her on Realm Lovejoy's blog, but a cute picture of a lady with a fox as well. Realm graciously agreed to an interview with me, and offered to draw one of the characters from Before the Storm as well.
Now when I first planned that novel, I decided to turn a popular romance cliche around. In the story, Mayerd is tall, dark and tortured, so I pushed him off the hero podium and gave him the sidekick role instead. The end result was that most readers loved him, and everyone wanted to see what would happen to him next. I guess that was a cliche for a good reason.
I asked if Realm could draw him, and his picture is up today - dark, compelling, and showing clearly that he's not "human". So is my interview. Realm asked some thought-provoking questions.
What's your advice for effective world building?
If I condensed it to three points:
1. Know what has been done and what could be done. Read both speculative fiction and non-fiction like Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel.
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