I am SO very excited to be participating in my first writing-geared blog hop!
Recently, Janeen Ippolito released this amazing resource for writers and definitely recommend it to speculative fiction writers who want to take their story worlds to the next level.
This short book, Irresistible World Building for Unforgettable Stories, created an excellent brainstorming session (and if you’re not careful, more story ideas to go with it *coughs* nope, no problem for me *coughs*). It had some great challenges and ways to apply the information to your story.
Yeah, I thought so too, which is part of why I’m about to share some super fun answers to questions that stemmed from her book about my WIP (and more details about Janeen’s book too)!
Eeekk! Take a look at my blurb for Denying My Fate, my fantasy manga, and then be prepared to dive into my story world, The Colored Realms!
About Denying My Fate
Snagging a hot boyfriend via an online martial art dating service? Check.
Having a first date at the local dojo? Check.
Literally falling into a new land and becoming the “chosen” one? Ummm…no.
Kana Suzuki didn’t sign up for that or a shapeshifting boyfriend.
Originally, this started out as a short story manga piece, but it has morphed into so much more. Enter wraiths, time-stealing Kitsune, and, of course, “true love’s first kiss,” and this clean manga series was born.
Let’s Chat About The Colored Realms!
Name your spec fic subgenre!
Portal fantasy! 😀
How does your world building explain something that you’ve never understood?
The idea of scary spirits and monsters being cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the appeal, but with some slightly less man-preying ways, I really love my “monsters” (as I call them) in my story. They aren’t all bad and have a certain defining way they live that just happens to be very uncommon. 😉
What are three favorite aspects of your story’s culture?
The idea of time and time itself is HUGELY important to everything and everyone in The Colored Realms. Make the most of every moment. Secondly, weapons are not needed for or at any given point. They are not even made as there are other ways to fight someone. Thirdly, unless you are with a bond mate or a couple of true love, everyone is viewed as a brother or sister. There is strong loyalty among the community at large and it’s shown in the friendships among them.
Are there any cultural or racial tensions? What are they?
Yes! So much so in fact, it pretty much wrecks (and angers) Kana. She’s human and has no magical ability. That alone has her viewed as “worthless.”
If you could take any part of your world building and make it into a giveaway item, what would it be?
A crystal lion. Crystal can break, but it’s beautiful to admire. A lion is strong and ferocious, but it also protects and leads boldly.
What about your world building messes up your main character’s life?
EVERYTHING!!! (LOL!) The Colored Realms shouldn’t even be a real place, but yet it is. People shouldn’t be able to have magical abilities or shapeshift, but everyone does. And the idea that everything falls upon Kana saving all these people’s homeland…yeah, it definitely “messes up” her life. 😉
What was the first thing that inspired your world building?
It was a writing prompt I saw a few years ago asking something along the lines of “Wonder if the princess didn’t need rescuing from the tower.” That image inspired me and sparked a story idea of a princess in a tower who refused to leave and a human girl being the “chosen one” to save the princess’s land.
What are two aspects of your world building that you never want to see in the Real World?
All of the “monsters” and wraiths. They are cool to write about and may have some redeeming qualities, but they can totally stay in The Colored Realms!
Is there any physical item from your world building that would make a big splash in our world?
Bringing one of The Four Towers that controls time. If one my villains is smart enough to figure out how to steal time from the past and future, who’s to say someone from Earth wouldn’t figure out the same thing?
Either the world is going to slowly end by having the life sucked out of it or we’re going to see some Time Lord-like rulers.
What is your favorite made-up creature from your world?
Fun fact: I didn’t make up many of them! Most of the characters are a person/spirit inspired from Japanese folklore, with me weaving in Fae characters. I really wanted a mashup of my love for Asian culture and Fae, so I can’t say I have one favorite creature because they all are amazing. (I will mention that I am very fond of Gen, a Jorōgumo, who has the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a supernatural spider).
You’re going to visit your world for a week and you know you’ll be in a dangerous area. Where are you visiting, and what do you pack to increase your chances of survival?
Sanyu. We need Sanyu ASAP, a shapeshifting maned wolf. It’s the only way we’re surviving because either he is literally leading us or giving us information about how to get past other dangerous places without facing some horrible “things” along the way.
We’re also going to need some very strong odor-eating spray if we travel with him. Oh, and regular human-eating snacks. Otherwise, expect raw meat or “nature food” for dinner.
Tell us about a worldbuilding element you’re proud of even if it doesn’t make it much into the story itself.
My wraiths. *hugs them* I absolutely love them! They might not be part of many manga, but they were the one thing I really wanted in my story and decided to include them. Plus, there introduction makes me grin every time.
Hope you enjoyed learning more about my manga-in-progress! I love it so much and can’t wait to one day share it with you. If you like to learn more about my story or keep up with updates, be sure to check out Denying My Fate Pinterest Board or here on my blog!
About the Book
Write stories with worlds that create lifelong fans and fandoms!
Irresistible World Building for Unforgettable Stories contains key methods and tips on how to weave your world building into every aspect of your story, from theme to plot to character arcs.
-Use writing prompts and exercises to jumpstart your creativity
-Get ideas on how to refresh world building genre tropes while still hitting reader sweet spots
-Learn to embrace your inner geek and passions to connect your world building with readers
Vivid world building is great. Vivid world building that sells? Even better!
About the Author
Janeen Ippolito is two authors for the price of one! She creates writing resources and writes urban fantasy and steampunk. She’s also an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and the editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, food, and making brownie batter. She believes that words transform worlds and that everyone has the ability to tell their story. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com
Blog Hop Schedule
April 30 – Claire Banschbach (https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com)
May 1 – Doug Triplett (https://dougtriplett.com)
May 5 – Sarah Delena White (https://sarahdelenawhite.com)
May 6 – C. O. Bonham (https://cobonham.com)
May 7 – J.F. Rogers (https://jfrogers.com)
May 8 – Anna Tan (http://blog.annatsp.com)
May 9 – Shannon Stewart (https://shannonstewartwrites.wordpress.com)
May 10 – Laura A. Grace (https://unicornquester.com) <— You are here!
May 11 – Bethany Jennings (http://simmeringmind.com)
May 12 – Jebraun Clifford (https://jebraunclifford.com)
May 14 – Tabitha Caplinger (https://www.tabithacaplinger.com)
May 15 – Amelia Nichole (http://amelianichole.com)
May 16 – Amy Brock McNew (https://amybrockmcnew.com/guts-on-the-page/)