This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Fantasy Book Tour”…
Running from April 6th through April 8th 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book related events.
Why I Write Fantasy by Dove Winters
Imagine looking into the sky and seeing a giant on a flying motorcycle descending to the ground to deliver the Chosen One to his new home. Or watching as a fae queen lifts her hand to her enemies and burns them to ash from the inside out. Or seeing an epic battle fought against an army of orcs. These are all events you will only see in fantasy novels, and they’re the reason I write fantasy. There are plenty of books about the Real World, the world our bodies inhabit daily, and many of those books are great. But fantasy books take place in those secret worlds of the mind, those uncharted spaces in the heads of writers that fantasy books give us a glimpse into.
Fantasy books take us to new worlds, never before seen, with their own sets of rules, ethics, and people. Anything can happen, within the rules of the realm. Magic can be a source of life or a danger to all. Mythical creatures can thrive. Planets can have personalities, animals can talk, and anyone can be a hero. There are no limits to what a fantasy world can include.
Writing, as well as reading, is an escape for me. Creating fantasy worlds and realms and characters is a more satisfying escape for me than abiding by the rules of the Real World.
Most fantasy involves some sort of magic or paranormal aspect, as is the case for my trilogy, Ember of the Planet. In that trilogy, the planet Otera is a living being with thoughts and feelings, even the ability to place her thoughts and feelings in a human form if she desires. The main character, Ember, is chosen as one of her representatives and can use her energy to do things like create weapons and heal people. But that’s only the beginning of what she can do, as Ember finds out through the books!
But fantasy doesn’t necessarily have to have a magical aspect to it. As in the case of my Knight Heir Series, the setting is the kingdom of the Knight Heirs, but the characters are human for the most part. There are no magical powers or mythical creatures. But the characters don’t have to be strict humans, either. Since it’s a fantasy world, strange things can happen, within the rules of the created world, as is the example of Evelina in The Laundry Maid. She rescues a wolf who has lost one of his legs and they have a special bond.
Of course, fantasy has many different sub-genres, depending on the type of story it is. All of mine have romance aspects, because I live in the belief that, even through magic, orcs, or the paranormal, love conquers all.
Would I suggest that you write fantasy? Absolutely! It’s a great way to stretch your imagination as you work on world building, character building, and exploring any magical or paranormal elements you may wish to include.
Here at the Brains 2 Books convention, you’ll find a lot of new fantasy titles to read, and I encourage you to give them all a try! But fantasy isn’t all that you’ll find here, so be sure to check out the other genres as well!