I’m so pleased to welcome Eli Celata to my blog today, she has written a post about worldbuilding for us today as part of the blog tour for Grim Remains which is book two in the Warlock of Rochester Series, you can grab book one, High Summons, here.
Sometimes the fairy tale’s end is just the Grimm beginning.
Mammon’s summoning turned Rochester into a beacon for the denizens of Hell. As demon activity increases, Jon settles in for a new academic year, and Jordan moves in as the city’s protector. Unfortunately, the young warlock of Rochester might not be around long if the Devil’s marine legion has a say. Havfine, demonic mermaids, don’t often leave deep lakes and ocean waters. They’re better known for drowning mortal sailors than hunting magic users, but something has sent them upstream from Lake Ontario. When three orphans vanish from a magical sanctuary in Toronto, their caretaker – the Wizard Monday – dredges up a part of Jordan’s and Jon’s father’s history that Jordan would have rather forgotten. In this race against the Bane of Hamelin, more than three souls may be on the line.
World building isn’t a one-size fit all. Of course, fictional characters are – in themselves – a sectionalized perspective of a world. Sometimes towns are formed. Maybe even an entire country. Alternative historical facts for historical fiction where people are reinvented. Romances and supposition abound!
For me, I generally like the world changing, not the people. I also like to start out in a “real” moment. If I can set my readers into a nice contemporary time with a seemingly normal narrator, I’m pretty happy. Of course, with both HIGH SUMMONS, its sequel, GRIMM REMAINS, and my upcoming paranormal romance, there’s some pretty overt tells that this is a fantasy.
I’ve tried to go the whole Tolkein route. I’ve made a language. There’re four books in it, and somehow, creating a world that intimately has gotten too personal, which is rather counterproductive for an author.
Really, my best world-building moments stem off odd dreams and forcing myself to ask – “What if?” even to the most absurd lengths. Of course, there hasn’t to be a flow of logic for me. If one new modification doesn’t build off the first, it’s just a random hotpot of shit. It’s problematic as a serious tone in a nonsensical novel is really hit or miss.
In the end, writing is subjective. Build a world that you want to explore, and there’s a good chance others will want to be there too.
About Eli Celata
Book & Buy Links
Title: Grimm Remains
Author: Eli Celata
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US