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To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.
When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.
Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.
When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.
But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and my NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
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World Building from author Trisha Wolfe
Thanks so much for hosting me! I’m so excited to be here, on this fab blog, and thankful to everyone who has read or will be reading FIREBLOOD.
Now, okay. A topic about world building. I always feel so lost when trying to explain how I come up with ideas, characters, and/or worlds. Like, I just don’t do anyone justice when trying to explain these things lol. But the truth is, they really do just pop into my head. I say, Okay, I’m going to write a new book. And I get an image in my head. Could be of a character in a heated argument, fighting, kissing, feeling a certain emotion, etc. And I build from there.
But it always starts with one scene. Something I feel is powerful, and I don’t quite understand why the character feels or thinks something, but I put them on the paper and then tell them to figure it out, then I follow them along on their journey. I get to know them first, asking myself questions about why this or how that, and then I start putting together a world that makes sense for them.
Like in Of Silver and Beasts. I had an image pop into my head of a girl in uniform with mercury coursing through her veins. The scene was of her in a cage setting, and she was fighting to the death. From there, I delved into research about the effects of mercury exposure. I had to figure out a way that this could be true, or find a way to make it true for the heroine in “her” world. The concept of goddesses came along the more I learned about mercury, it being the purest mineral, and in ancient times, people actually used to consider it the mineral of the gods. I worked this into the story, allowing Kal to have mercury in her blood at high levels with the assistance of a robotic clamp keeping the high strain away from her heart. In reality, she’d suffer from mercury exposure. But in the setting of an alternate reality, with the help of the goddesses, Kal was protected from harmful side effects.
That’s the great thing about fantasy worlds. What wouldn’t and shouldn’t be likely in our world, we can tweak and create and expand on in others. I think that’s what I love most about writing them. The challenge of finding new and different ways to spin reality into something fantastic.
All right! Didn’t mean for this to turn into a lesson. But this is just a bit of how I go about my world building. I do a ton of research the whole way. Challenges present themselves, and I either find or create a way to get through them. Much like the characters struggle through their goals. We really do write the books together.
Thanks so much Trisha! I asked this question because I'm a writer that builds worlds, so I loved hearing the perspective of a published and wonderful author!
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