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Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Spotlight: RaeLynn Blue

Master of My Universes

Greetings! My name is RaeLynn Blue and I am master of my universes. Yes, you read that correctly—universes. I am a world builder and I love it. As an author, there’s nothing more wonderful then creating an entire world—government, military, currency, and people populating those worlds. I’m convinced that’s why Tolkien, Rowling and King all write multiple books in a series. Once you’ve put so much time, effort, blood and sweat into creating a world—I so understand why God rested on the seventh day—as an author I can’t walk away from it. I have to go back to it again and again.  Over time, that world becomes as comfortable to me as my own and each character’s story beckons to be told.

As a reader, I used to believe that authors kept writing stories in a certain world, a certain series, because they wanted to keep getting paid. Although as an author, I too want to receive royalties, I’ve come to understand that the reason why I (I cannot speak for other authors) continue to revisit certain worlds, is because I’ve put so much work into building it. I liken worldbuilding to building a house by hand and then refusing to live in it.

My latest release from Beautiful Trouble Publishing—Penelope’s Surrender: A Guardians of the Gate story. Most people are familiar with Greek mythology; however, I’ve taken the classic gods, goddesses, and demi-gods/demi-goddesses and modernized them. I’ve altered their purposes, changed their worlds a bit, expanding them and changing them to fit my own purposes (insert evil worldbuilder laughter here).

For an author, I’m excited to create the worlds. Of course, the building takes the longest time, but once it’s done, it’s fantastic to play and spin a yarn or two about people in that world. Don’t take my word for it. Try it out. Purchase a copy of Penelope’s Surrender from Beautiful Trouble Publishing today.

RaeLynn Blue

1 comment:

Shauna said...

I'll be honest, I haven't read your book. BUT I loved your column. You are so right about worlds! As a reader, I just fall in love with them. When I think about the Harry Potter series, after the fifth book my friends and I would say it really could have been edited down like a 100 pages, but we wouldn't have missed the visit to Harry's world for the world. Same with the Jaid Black's Trek Mi Q'an series. You know what's going to happen, but the world consumes you. I love the Greek Gods (did I mention I also love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series). After enjoying the cadence of your writing in your post, I look forward to finding more about Penelope's world.