As this your second book, was anything easier this time around?
What type of research is needed to bring a sense of reality to fantasy storylines?
Where did you find inspiration for The Breedling? For the books characters?
In reading this book, it appears to be the first in a series. How is the process different approaching a series of books instead of a single story? How many books do you see this series offering?
Well, during year one, I didn’t have a series necessarily in mind, I just wrote. 240,000+ words to be exact. From there, after some feedback, it was clear I had more than just one story, but three. The interesting thing about it is that I had only five chapters of Book One in that monster and so had to create a full story from it. The rest of it was the foundation for what is now Books 2 & 3. I have had eight years working on this series so I have mapped it all out bullet-point style with an arsenal of characters, and have already written the ending, which will not change. My plan is 9 books in the main story arch, 2 paralleling stories and 2 short story anthologies that will highlight different characters from the series. Ambitious I know, haha.
Any advice for young authors wanting to write books in this genre?
- World building is a form of labor that will stretch your creativity and your sanity. You won’t have all the answers up front, so start with your biggest pieces and fill in the details as you go. Also, be prepared to live in two worlds. The “real” one and the one you are building. Be sure to find balance between them.
- If you are planning to add some historical fiction aspect to your fantasy, make sure to do your homework. You don’t have to get it all right, but if you want to make it as authentic as possible, you can’t just rely on cliff notes.
- Know that the journey to becoming an author (of any kind) will be a rollercoaster of emotions and that as much as you believe it is taking far too long to complete your journey, know that it is taking the amount of time that it should.
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Thank you kindly for your time, Marilyn, and for letting my stop by Olio by Marilyn. It has been a pleasure chatting with you.
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