Hey, guys! Its Spring Break for the crew and I have had a fun couple of days. I tried to go to the our lake nearby and it started storming! I tried to get my friend to go a contemporary moment with me by standing in the middle of the park’s road and raise our hands to the blasting winds and stormy lightning, but she just ran to the car. Then I got to drive to Dairy Delight and get my a Hot Fudge Brownie Supreme. Yummm…. So today and tomorrow are my working days. Today I’m working on these posts and then later read as much as I can for reviews I will post as soon as I can. I’m excited to get my thoughts out there!
Remember my review on The Lost King by Devorah Fox ? Well, I’m so happy to post her own guest post on this very here blog!
About the Author
Devorah Fox has written for television, radio, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. Publisher and editor of the BUMPERTOBUMPER books for commercial motor vehicle drivers, she has branched out into developing smartphone apps including the Easy CDL apps for the iPhone. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in the The Barefoot Palace in Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast where she writes the “Dee-Scorveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com
The Lost King is an adventure filled story I’m sure any fantasy reader would appreciate the hard work put into it. I know I loved the story and really loved the aspects of her fantasy world.
The Lost King Summary:
When all you have owned, everyone you have loved and everything you have done are gone, who are you? King Robin Bewilliam awakens one morning to find himself mysteriously transformed from a beloved and respected ruler to a homeless vagabond. His quest to uncover and break the bewitching spell that plagues him and regain his kingdom sets him on a journey of adventure, romance, and self-discovery.
Fantasy Writing: Pros and Cons
Setting The Lost King, Book One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, in the Middle Ages was an example of heeding the Muse. I’m not an avid reader of stories set in that time period, although I do have a few all-time favorites such as Rebecca (Sir Walter Scott) and Stealing Heaven (Marion Meade). For the most part I read contemporary mysteries and thrillers. However, from my first imaginings, King Bewilliam’s story demanded to be told in a “once-upon-a-time” fashion. I planned to address traumatic life issues such as divorce and career displacement and felt that the reader would find them more accessible in a fairytale setting.
History was never my best subject in school and I did not have years of study to call upon. At first I had no plans to research the Middle Ages. I was simply going to make up a world set in a “time long ago.” I was writing a scene in which King Bewilliam aka Robin takes something from his pocket and found myself wondering if they had pockets in those days. I did a little research and sure enough, they did not. They had countless clever devices for waging war, for killing and maiming each other, but they had yet to invent on-seam pockets. Instead, they carried their belongings in pouches and purses. I rewrote the scene.
From that moment on, I couldn’t write a syllable without researching it first. Did they have that? Did they say that? Did they eat that?
The downside was that The Lost King and all the other King Bewilliam novels were National Novel Writing Month projects. National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo, for short—is an organized marathon that challenges writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s about one-half to one-third a commercial length novel. I’m not a speedy writer to begin with, and having to conduct research made it a real challenge to meet the daily goal of 1667 written words. On occasion I would leave myself a digital note to “look this up” and I would move on to the next scene. However, for the most part, I had to do the research before I could write. I couldn’t just write around it. I had days during the marathon when I didn’t reach my word count goal until mid-afternoon, after which I still had hours of work to do for my day job.
The upside was that the research often inspired me. I did not know what I was looking for until I found it. That meant a lot of surfing the Internet and I washed up on some truly foreign shores where I found hidden treasures. For example, in Book Two, The King’s Ransom, I wrote myself into a corner. King Bewilliam had to find a way to escape an enemy fortress. I got him in with no plan for getting him out. Researching castle construction turned up a solution and saved the day, not to mention the king. I have since found that the need to do research doesn’t end even when I’ve set stories in contemporary time. My Mystery/Thriller stories take place in the US in the 1990s. I lived through those times but it’s long ago enough that I don’t remember every detail, especially with regard to technology. I had to look up when certain devices and software first made their appearance. In some ways it was harder to research what didn’t happen than to investigate what did happen.
Someday perhaps I will write a story that’s a complete invention. However my current works-in-progress that my planned stories all require research. My history teachers are probably having a good laugh.”