Wings Of Desire Tour ~ Guest Post~ Arianna Skye

Well it is my turn to host Arianna Skye as she is traveling from blog to blog on her Wings of Desire book tour, the tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.

Arianna joins us today to talk about creating a believable fantasy world. Characters, especially fantasy characters inhabit worlds which do not exist, so it is up to the writers to convince the reader that the world and the people who live there are Real. We ask Arianna to tell us how she gos about doing that.
I’ve always dreaded discussing this topic. Matter of fact, I was asked to discuss the same topic at a local writers’ conference and I totally bailed. My friend said, “But you’re really good at world building.”

The truth is, my world building is kind of half hazard. I’ve gone to a lot of world-building workshops over the past few years and I cringe. Authors talk about the bibles they’ve compiled to keep track of their worlds or the detailed charts and graphs they use to keep their world organized and believable. It was enough to make someone’s head explode.

In Wings of Desire, I basically followed a modified hero’s journey plot. There’s a call. The heroine refuses the call. The hero sort of kidnaps the heroine and sort of drives her to action. I also gave the world a Celtic influence, using names of gods and goddesses. Rhiannon is a Welsh goddess, and Cerne is based on Cernunnos, the great Celtic horned god. Then I threw in a few historical figures, including two of Shakespeare’s most famous players. No, it’s not Romeo and Juliet. I prefer a love story that ends happily.

But I pretty much just threw all the fantasy elements in together and mixed. I then poured it into a lightly greased pan and baked them all together for thirty five minutes at 350 degrees.

Because of this not so well thought out approach, I find myself opening previous books in the series and re-reading parts to make sure everything meshes together. Not very organized at all, eh? Maybe if I didn’t concentrate on baking so much, I might not be so scatterbrained.

So maybe this post should really be how NOT to worldbuild instead, huh?



Wings of Desire
By Arianna Skye

Not your (grand)mother's fairytale...

Rhiannon Kinsley's life goes from boring to downright crazy when a freak lightning bolt strikes her laptop. To make matters even more bizarre, strange words and symbols flash across the computer screen and she hears a mysterious voice. Time to call the men in white coats! Then Cerne Silverwing, an intriguingly sexy man, appears. He insists she’s a faerie princess whose fate will determine his own. What a crock! Now she knows who really needs those white coats.

With the Dark Faerie forces threatening his kingdom, Cerne kidnaps Rhiannon and brings her to Fey, a land where magic knows no bounds. He's performing a duty to save his kingdom and nothing more—a duty that will bring him his wings and the strengthened magic that comes with them. If he doesn’t unite with the princess as her consort, those wings will never grow. But this princess grew up in the land of laptops and instant messages, and she’s convinced they're both crazy. Despite their differences, the two are thrust together to defeat the whip-wielding Dark Faerie Queen before she takes over the kingdom. Passion and peril aside, will Rhiannon and Cerne discover their true destiny?

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Arianna Skye is the erotic pen name of paranormal romance author, Sidney Ayers. She loves infusing stories with humor. What would the world be without a little bit of laughter? Arianna writes a plethora of genres, ranging from historical, to paranormal, to contemporary.

A native of Michigan, Arianna still lives in the same town she grew up in. No matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to get away. Michigan is in her blood, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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2 comments:

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BlackTulip said... Best Blogger Tips

Very interesting post about the building of a fantasy world. The key element here is the cooking time, yes ?? ... LOL

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