Fantasy and Me

Since last spring, my primary reading material has been fantasy novels, so it wasn’t a big surprise when the hero in my current work, a part-time vet, turned out to be a fantasy author. Usually they stay in whatever profession I first imagine them, but it’s not unusual when they don’t. (Any writers who say their characters always do what they want them to do is either indulging in a bit of creative fiction or is delusional. The little buggers never behave 100%.)

I’m having fun creating a bit of Stephen’s fantasy world. He’s published five books in his series, so I have to know a little about what he’s doing. For a moment the other day, when he was considering that one of his warrior women was going to smack his protagonist into the next millenium if he didn’t learn to apologize, I thought wouldn’t it be fun to write Stephen’s book, too???

Nora Roberts did it years ago — had a character who was an author, then published that book from within the book. Kinda cool, huh?

Then I returned to my senses. I love reading fantasy. I marvel over the world-building (often multiple worlds), the history-building, the technology-building, the character-building, but writing it is way more of a job than I want to take on. I’ll happily stick with my contemporary stuff, where the world, the history and the technology are already there for me. Characters are what I do best. I’ll leave the complicated stuff to someone else.


7 thoughts on “Fantasy and Me

  1. Marilyn,

    I think it’s fun that you’re using your ‘toe dipping’ into fantasy to craft a character. I actually like heroes who are writers, I think they are introspective and deep. JAK wrote one (Dream, Part One and Dream, Part Two) that I read and re-read all the time because I fell so in love with him. He wrote horror novels and throughout the books, you’d get little pieces of his scary stuff. It’s fun.

    I can’t wait to see how Stephen’s fantasy world bleeds through into your narrative. spw

    • I’ll have to check out JAK’s book, because I really like her and I love well-done author characters. I’ve written three others — a horror author, a true-crime author, and a romance author — but there wasn’t a lot on their books. Since Stephen, who’s also my geekier hero, is really into his world, I have to know more. He refers to the different social levels in town with the names used in his books, wonders how his protagonist would handle a situation — that sort of thing. I’m having a great time with him.

  2. This sounds like so much fun, Marilyn! The CASTLE TV series has spawned at least two books written by . . . Richard Castle. πŸ™‚ If did a little digging, I wonder if I’ll find out who the author really is.

    • I haven’t seen CASTLE, though I know I should. Everyone I know watches it. Who knows? Maybe one day I WILL write Stephen’s book, and publish it under his pen name. So if you ever see S.K. Noble on the shelves . . . πŸ™‚

  3. I shudder at the thought of trying to balance two separate worlds in a book… Oh, wait, that’s what I’m already doing! No wonder I’m going crazy.

    • You’ve actually got three in yours, don’t you? The hero’s time, the heroine’s and the one where they meet?

      Aw, Jackie, you’ve always been a little bit crazy. Don’t go blaming it on a book. πŸ™‚

      (You know I love you, right?)

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