A: Other than experiencing that world myself first hand, addressing the needs our current adolescent population—more specifically, addressing their lack of real mythic resonance which relate to their daily lives, and their deep psychological need for a relevant mythology.
Q: What aspects of the world do you have to figure out before you start a story?
A: As an example, in RUNE OF THE APPRENTICE I used C.G. Jung’s psychology of archetypes and the collective unconscious to adapt Joseph Campbell’s theory of the Monomyth (updating it to be relevant for Millennials who now live in a “Collective Technological Age”) to create the foundations of a contemporary “Modern Myth”. As I wrote the actually story, however, I needed to constantly reshape and mold my “Hero’s Journey” adaptation to fit with the specific character arcs of RUNE’s hero and heroine, respectively. In short: In RUNE, these two aspects of the story—World and Character Arc—are intimately intertwined and constantly evolving together.
Q: What tips do you have for aspiring fantasy writers on how to create a solid, believable world?
A: Live there in your mind. Let the world permeate you—and you the world. If, through dream, inspiration, and imagination, your mythic world can become as familiar as your waking one, you are on the right path!
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P.S. For those of you on the fence about pre-ordering RUNE OF THE APPRENTICE my interview at World Builders should be a great way for you to learn more about the meta theory behind RUNE and why this book is so unique and such an interesting read! Enjoy!