This is my portion of the blog-hop, a traveling side-show where we humble ourselves before our fellow writers. It's our pleasure to bring you information about each other in the hopes that new readers will discover new writers.
About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour
As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.
We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.
After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/
I am very proud indeed to introduce you to a man that has no problems crossing realms and genres. His books run from paranormal to science fiction and off into historical fantasy. And like myself, he has a romantic streak that makes him put a little of that genre into each tale. Here are his own words, so pull up a chair and get to know him.
What Makes an Author’s World Unique?
By Stephen B. Pearl
What makes my fantasy world Unique?
I’m going to limit myself to my paranormal romance novel, Worlds Apart: https://www.amazon.ca/Worlds-Apart-Stephen-B-Pearl/dp/0987972685 , because each of the worlds I’ve crafted is special in its own way.
In Worlds Apart Markus, the male protagonist comes from a world where magic is empowered, but electricity is a mythical belief that under certain circumstances electrons could break free of their atoms and travel along materials know as conductors. Crazy notion, yes? The thought that electrons could do more than combine with other nearby atoms. The psions in the inter-monocular spaces would never allow it.
Imaginary sub-atomic physics aside, I played with how this would affect human society. I began with University degrees. A Witch is a one or two-year trade-collage program. An Enchanter / Enchantress is an undergraduate degree. A sorcerer/sorceress is a Masters and a Wizard is a doctorate.
Empowering magic to the point that it is just another science/technology lends the world that Markus comes from a unique nature.
Instead of cars, magic carpets are common, and the North-South rugway has severe congestion issues. Zombies are used for dangerous tasks such as bomb disposal. People of all walks of life use magic in small and large ways. Markus, who is a wizard of classical magic specializing in the study of chaos magic, is one of the most powerful individuals in his world. Because magic empowers the individual the concentration of power into corporations is less pronounced in Markus’s world. Conversely, a singular individual can have the power to level a building with an effort of will.
In writing Worlds Apart, I took the stance that people are people and that technology must adapt to service human needs. The following quote bears this out. Markus is newly arrived in out world.
“Where is the water closet?” Markus blushed a little.
“There.” Alcina indicated a door with a wave of her hand. Markus opened it and looked in.
“Do you need me to show you how to use it?” she asked.
“Human needs remain the same and engineering must oblige. Aside from the lever being on the wrong side, I think I can figure it out.” Markus grinned and closed the door behind him.
On the other side in Markus’s world, they use undead animals slaved to the investigators will as surveillance devices.
So, what makes my world unique, I think it is the weaving of magic into the everyday in a process similar to how electricity is woven into everyday life on our world. Lightning is impressive, but we hardly notice the flow of electrons that empower the screen you are reading this on. Weaving that circumstance into the world with magic makes it rich and different, rather like visiting a foreign nation with different customs and norms.
Thank you for dropping by and please visit other destinations on the blog tour.
About Stephen B. Pearl
Stephen B. Pearl is an ex-lifeguard, mystic, science enthusiast, home handyman, backyard mechanic, and writer. The face he wears changes with the company he keeps. His cats know him as pride alpha. Well, a servant might be more accurate his wife of over thirty years actually runs the pride, Stephen just tries to stay out of her way.
He brings his varied experiences to the books he writes which range from Paranormal, Nukekubi, Worlds Apart and The Hollow Curse to Science fiction, Tinker’s Plague, Tinkers Sea, War of the Worlds 2030 and Slaves of Love, as well as historical fantasy, Horn of the Kraken.
Being something of a romantic, Stephen likes to weave romantic subplots into his work. Stories of people being empowered by love where the power and security of love allows them to triumph in other areas.
As is stated in many Pagan wine blessings, “For there is no greater power than that of a man and a woman joined in the bonds of love.”
For more about Stephen and his works visit: www.stephenpearl.com.
To purchase: www.amazon.com/Stephen-B.-Pearl/e/B00FEOLLIC
Meet Stephen Online
OWSCyCon2019 Author Booth: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/stephen-b-pearl-booth/
Author Website: www.stephenpearl.com
Author Blog: http://stephenpearl.blogspot.com
And now, just a bit more about the event...
Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event
CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:
· view live (and recorded discussions),
· listen to samples of their stories,
· vote in the various genre tournaments,
· browse the author booths, and
· discover some amazing books and writers.
We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/
You never know, you may just find your next best read!