Building the Fairyproof World From the Characters Up
Some might think world building is the hardest part of writing any kind of paranormal book, but for me it’s the most fun. Creating a different space or an exotic place to house a story is giving the reader – and this writer – not only the venue for a story but a world to escape to.
A majority of Fairyproof takes place in the human world: Elgin and Chicago, Illinois to be exact. However, about a third of the pages are devoted to what is happening on the fairy realm. When the fairy characters are in their home, most of the focus in on the action and the crisis, but I couldn’t turn a blind eye to the world they were in. The reader had to be shown how and why it’s different.
When it came time to do that, I had to be very careful about what I devised. Instead of trying to think of a world that was simply different than the one we know, I had to think about the world my fairy characters lived in.
I’d put a lot of thought into how my fairies were different than the counter parts, besides the obvious powers. In Fairyproof, they are more adept to a way of life that would be considered pre-tech, human world. Fairies would rather barter than rely on a commerce system. They prefer natural fabrics, and most are vegetarian.
So, when it was time to peak at their world, I had to build something that made sense with the lifestyle I created. A futuristic world littered with sleek high rises and flying vehicles just wouldn’t have melded. Instead, I decided there would be open air markets and stone buildings. Because they use their minds and spells to propel their body from place to place, there was little need for them to have improved roads. Because I described them as a patriarchal society that is focused on lineage, several generations live together in large family homes.
It is my hope to write follow up books to Fairyproof, and it is my plan to spend more and more time on the fairy world. I will continue to build on that foundation that was laid by the types of beings my characters are.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012
Number of pages: 262
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Taria Reed
When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.
Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.
A year ago, Daniel's fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He's ready to move forward with his life, but his mother's obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.
Daniel and Monique can't deny their attraction, but will the reason he's Fairyproof be too much to overcome?
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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.
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