Writing Inspiration for Fantasy
by Melody Winter
I stumbled my way into writing fantasy with my debut novel, Sachael Dreams. I was fed up of reading about vampires, and werewolves, and set out to create my own ‘creature’ – a Sachael. Whereas this was my decision, a new fantasy creature isn’t necessary. What is important is that you bring lots of new things into your story. You create a new set of rules for them, decide how they live and how they die. You chose what it is that they want from humans/others? It’s all about world-building and creating your own universe.
My new book, Iniquity, is set in a forest outside of York. There’s nothing different about that, but add in that the world is covered in a darkness that the demons, who now rule, brought with them, add in that all forms of power have been wiped out, and the whole premise alters. I also made my demons feed off human emotions to add another twist into the dominant lead of romance in my story. My demons also take a long time to heal from injuries that a human merely bounces back from.
Fantasy, to me, is like taking an idea from our world as it is and twisting and turning it, adding a creature or supernatural being, adding a familiar or yet to be discovered landscape, and create an interesting and new combination of ideas. Throw everything in there and see what comes out at the end!
Greek mythology has always interested me, and just reading through the powers and skills that many of the Gods possessed is always a great starting point to get ideas flowing. Other cultures also have very interesting mythology—specifically Chinese and Egyptian.
I also have a very curious mind and find myself constantly asking what if this or that happened? How would I sort it out? And I never, ever dismiss an idea as too far-fetched. You have to find a way around it, either by doing more research, or talking to someone who you can bounce ideas off.
Fantasy also gives you the opportunity to bring in monsters from your imagination—pick the cutest but evilest ones, the large gentle ones, the small snarling ones. It’s great to be able to entertain your mind with the wildest creatures you can think of. Never let your imagination hinder your choices and work with your ideas however crazy they first appear to be.
Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.
Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.
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