Has published 1st two books of a planned trilogy about a magic game. Book 1 is titled 'The Tenth Gateway'; Book 2 'The Spy's Door.' A third is underway.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Creating a fictional enchanted world
In my books about the magic game ‘The Tenth Gateway’, the
game world was created hundreds of years ago. I therefore wanted the world to
reflect aspects of the medieval period.
So the fictional magical beings and
nasty creatures in the books draw on traditional fairy tales and folklore but
they live in a world that doesn’t have modern technology. There’s lots of magic
and anything can happen but there are no cars, planes, big cities or computers.
Hansel & Gretal
‘An Encyclopedia of Fairies’ by Katherine Briggs was really
helpful.I also trawled through
the internet and I remembered all the great fairy tales I have read.
these images that I found in a volume of a very old encyclopedia – J. A Richards Publishing Co., Inc 1947!
Some Writing Challenges
One of the most difficult things to do in writing my stories
was the come up with the various challenges and puzzles that the children have
to solve to move through the game. Childhood memories also played a major role
I remember getting stuck for a couple of months when writing
the first book because I couldn’t think how to move the children from one
particular world to another. Thank goodness for Eda’s‘good magic’ which helps them to play the game.
I needed to change the gateway worlds and challenges in Book
Two – ‘The Spy’s Door’. The growing power of the evil magician Malefic means
that he is increasingly able to modify the game to suit his purpose. He wants
to escape from the game which keeps him a prisoner. Eda is determined to stop
I had lots of fun thinking about how the game would change
as Malefic’s evil influence spread.
Alison Tait has a great book trailer for her children’s
books ‘The Map Maker Chronicles’. I can recommend looking at the trailer and
also reading the books – a great fantasy adventure story. It’s what motivated
me to have my first book trailer on ‘The Tenth Gateway’ developed by Austin
Macauley (publisher). I (with help of course) included the Youtube links in one
of my recent blogs.
I’m not sure how people stumble/find things (like book
trailers) on Youtube unless they know exactly what they’re looking for.
I know about Google. Type in key words and it’s amazing what
information you can find. However I’m not sure how people find things they
don’t know exist; for example: terrific books or the web sites of other great
I suppose utilising ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ (SEO) helps
a bit.Sounds like something
mysterious to include in a children’s fantasy story! What do you think?