About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour
As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.
We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.
After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/
What makes the world of Ian’s Realm unique?
By D.L. Gardner
The story begins with Ian and his father creating a game engine on their computer and soon discover that the environment they are creating is an alternate reality which they can step into a click of the controller.
I think access to the Realm is one of the dynamics which makes this fantasy world unique. That and because the pristine countryside is inhabited by a variety of civilizations. Primitive tribes populate the northern forests and seaside. The Menek tribe is a society whose patriarch was a young wizard that fought a wicked queen’s serpent by manifesting his own dragon.
These people, out of fear, developed a dragon worshiping religion. Citizens were banished into the wilderness for failing to adhere to strict canons, a fate worse than death. After an extremely devastating attack by the dragon, the Meneks accused the hunters of the village of angering the dragon. They were sent away to forage for themselves. These hunters gathered in the forests and developed their own community. They named their nation Kaempern after the young wizard Kaempie who was said to have relinquished his magic to the Northern Winds, which in return for his power, offers the Songs of Wisdom – a guide toward righteousness for those who will listen.
Taikus is an island ruled by the wicked queen, a sorceress, who has a never-ending thirst for power. Hacatine was the reason the four young wizards fled their homeland (Tales of the Four Wizards available free at https://www.gardnersart.com/vip-storytime). She rules with an army consisting of women only, all who have unique magical powers. More as slaves, these women warriors build ships and sail the seas on a quest to conquer the people of the world. Taikan weapons and sea-slaves (serpents) are unmatched saved by one nation only. The Crown of Alisubbo.
Cassie, Ian’s daughter, discovers this more civilized nation, located much nearer to Taikus, and which has been battling the queen for centuries.
Silvio is a leading patriarch, being the youngest of the four wizards who fled Hacatine. Having spent his youth hiding in an old oak tree in the forest of Alcove (near the original portal) Silvio eventually became the king of the little people. The Xylonites.
And who are the Xylonites? When Ian and his father were making the game engine, Ian, an artist at heart, developed a computer character. A little man with a baseball cap, a furry beard and a mole under his left eye. Little did Ian expect this character would come to life. Eventually the icon is given a name. Xylon. And when Xylon requests a wife be generated from his computer, the entire Alcove Forest comes alive with little people. Now these people prove to be very excitable little things. If anyone needs a leader, or a king, it’s the Xylonites. Silvio, when he’s finally released from the old tree, takes it upon himself to care for them.
There are other characters unique to Ian’s Realm that we see throughout the series. Whomticker, the magic thief is the most recent.
In essence I think you’ll find Ian’s Realm a whole new fantasy world unlike any other with inimitable and distinguishing cultures and characters. It just might make you want to step through that portal yourself!
About D.L. Gardner
With a passion for a good wholesome story D.L. Gardner also (Dianne Lynn Gardner) dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dianne loves a book that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.
Dianne was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. She attended Northern AZ University and later continued her education in the Pacific Northwest. She’s an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. She writes under the names of D. L. Gardner and Dianne Lynn Gardner. Her novels have hit the Amazon best sellers list and she has won numerous awards for her screenplays..
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Author Website: http://gardnersart.com
Author Blog: https://diendrial.wordpress.com/
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Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event
CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:
- view live (and recorded discussions),
- listen to samples of their stories,
- vote in the various genre tournaments,
- browse the author booths, and
- discover some amazing books and writers.
We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/
You never know, you may just find your next best read!