Today I've got a bit of a mixture of links to a range of things, a couple of interviews, a review, a blog post, and a giveaway and so without further rambling, here's the list :D
I recently started working with an ace group of writers who've banded together under the name Quill. We're a cross-genre bunch trying to share interesting content and win fans - for my part you can check out a short interview and my post: Intro to World Building - Making it Stick.
Friday Fortnight Interview
A while back Kerry J Donovan conducted an interview on his blog - check it out if you're looking for a chuckle :) (And while you're there, if you like Crime-Thrillers have a look at his DCI Jones Casebook series, they're ace.)
With the release of Crossings not too far off (I'm gunning for October) I'm offering 3 ways to win a copy during the lead up :)
1. Visit Goodreads and add the book to your 'to-read' shelf and you'll be automatically notified when the Goodreads Giveaway goes live. (This one opens in Nov.)
2. Visit the 'newsletter' sign-up page in the top right of the site and that's it - you're in the running to win an e-copy of Crossings and you'll also receive the eBook for A Whisper of Leaves upon sign-up. (The newsletter comp will be announced in Oct.)
3. Visit the Crossings page and check out chapter one (or click here, it's probably quicker) and answer a simple question:
What does Lisa find on her doorstep?
Once you find the answer, just let me know by leaving a comment on this post OR by sending me an e-mail to mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com. The first two people to answer will win a print copy of Crossings :)
The Lost Mask
Some early reviews are in and it's a weight off my mind to see readers who enjoyed City of Masks are finding that The Lost Mask lives up to their expectations!
Here's a link to them on GR. Thanks to everyone who has read it already and let me know what they thought, it makes a big difference :)
There’s a lot that could be said about this one, so I’ll try to be concise.
I see World Building as the process of balancing the wonder of discovery with the security of consistency.
From a preparation stand point, it’s invaluable to know your world.
Its economics, its history, its cultural aspects, its science or magic and its geography of course. From an execution standpoint, how much of that actually goes into a book ought to be limited to the scope of the story, with enough hints of what lies beyond the story to stimulate the reader’s curiosity.
Within that approach, a reader might feel wonder at a world's magic perhaps, but take comfort from the consistency of how the magic is applied by the author. A scrap of history might relate to and colour a particular character, but the author doesn’t dovetail into pages of unbroken exposition.
With City of Masks I’ve taken geographical influence from the city of Amalfi in Italy. My wife and I were lucky enough to be able to travel there a few years ago and it’s safe to say I was enchanted. In City of Masks, my main city, Anaskar, is perched on a coast and is also lashed by storms, just like Amalfi, but of course I’ve altered many aspects. Above is an example of the kind of waves Amalfi can face throughout winter.
I’ve also used the city of Anaskar as a starting point for history of my world, having characters uncover details about the city’s role in past wars, in settlement of the area and its link to the strange sea beast which threatens it. I’ve tried to do so in order to give the world depth, but in the sense that an iceberg has depth - what's seen above the water is hardly everything.
The city will have its secrets, and it’s my hope that readers of City of Masks will enjoy that just as much as the story itself!
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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