One of the fun parts in writing the first book in a series is the world-building. It’s also the hard part – setting up all the rules and details that will colour the world and flesh it out, as well as carry the reader along. Even when you’re dealing with a fictional species like werewolves, it’s crucial to keep everything consistent or you risk losing readers who will notice the mistakes!
In Silver Kiss I’ve set up a lot of different aspects to werewolf/human life – everything from Lupine Studies in school, to anti-werewolf hate groups. I’ve also got smaller details – like the fact that werewolves keep their hair colour when they shift shape. So if you dye your hair pink and green, you’re really going to stand out under that full moon!
Of course, all these little details will continue – and maybe gain significance – in future books, which is why it’s so important to get them right in the first book. You never know what throwaway piece of background information might be the crucial plot point later on.
I’ve got a great contest for everyone. There’s an ebook for a winner at the end of today and everyone who enters now will also be in the running for winning a signed print copy of Silver Kiss drawn at the end of the week. Just answer this simple question in your comment to be entered into both competitions:
Do you like reading about all the minor details that build up a fictional world? Or do you prefer to fill in the gaps yourself?
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Visit the Silver Kiss page at http://www.queeredfiction.com/silverkiss.htm for a reading as Naomi Clark reads from Wolf Strap! (Released in parts over the course of the blog tour!)
Ayla Hammond has come home.
After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile she’s rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents.
She’s convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways?
As if homecoming wasn’t hard enough, Ayla also can’t help getting involved in a missing person case.
With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie –
and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.
BIO: NAOMI CLARK
A former army brat, Naomi is now happily settled in Cambridge, living in a converted cowshed with a tank full of catfish. She has been writing stories ever since she learned to write. A lifelong fascination with dragons, monsters, magic and ghosts eventually lead her to urban fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of ezines and she also writes a monthly horoscope column for a local magazine.
Find out more at www.naomiclark.net.