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Friday, August 12, 2011

Author Guest Post: Please Welcome David M. Brown!



Please join me in welcoming David M. Brown, author of Fezariu's Epiphany!

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One of the great things about being a writer is the omniscience and omnipotence we hold over our
characters and our worlds. We’re literary gods with the lives of all our characters at our fingertips.
When I first came up with the idea of Elenchera in 1999 I was still at college and pretty adept at
research. Having chosen to write fantasy I knew I had to begin work on creating my own world,
which was more exciting for me than daunting.

History was always my favourite subject at school and it remained with me throughout college and
university. I knew I would rely on our own world history when it came to shaping that of Elenchera
but first of all I had to draw a world map. I’m no cartographer, I’ll admit, but drawing a basic map
isn’t too difficult and I even went to the trouble of colouring them in with crayons. I might as well
have been back at primary school!

Once I had a structure for the world it was time to start naming the individual lands and figuring
out what sort of races would inhabit them initially. With those details in place it was time for the
history to come to life. I turned to mythology for ideas about world creation and at this stage had
been recently immersed in the tales of the Vikings’ Norse gods. Norse mythology is grittier than the
romantic stories from the Greek myths and it was this sort of style that I wished to embrace. I came
up with a god, Elenchus, who created the world with the aid of five servants and from there a time
of peace was supposed to reign.

As is often the case evil eventually thrives and the early centuries of Elenchera tell of a near
calamitous battle between good and evil, which leads to the rule of the world changing hands. That
early history was probably the hardest to write. Once it was complete and I had fashioned ways
for each race to first settle an uninhabited continent or island then it was fairly straightforward. It
caused the odd headache from time to time but I got there. I turned to my bible, Cassell’s World
History, for inspiration and read it from cover to cover. It’s a fabulous book. Not only did it furnish
me with ideas for events in Elenchera it offered insights into the behaviour and motivations of
individual lands and their dealings with their neighbours whether it’s trade, war, unification or
independence.

At present Elenchera boasts 47,000+ years of history, spread across twenty-five ages known as
Shards. The end of the Twenty-Fifth Shard currently has me in a maelstrom of indecision. It could
be the end of Elenchera completely or it may continue into later Shards. I’m not ready to decide
at the moment. For now I have a rich tapestry of historical events to pluck small threads from for
future stories and novels. World building takes a lot of commitment, over a decade for me, but once
everything is written you’re one step ahead when it comes to your next book. Rather than having to
think up backgrounds and historical contexts you need only refer to your world’s timeline and the
answers are ready and waiting. It certainly makes for an easier life.
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David is currently on tour promoting Fezariu's Epiphany and is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one commenter on the tour! Check out the tour site for all the stops and information and check out the synopsis of the book below:
The White Oak, Clarendon’s oldest brothel, lured and destroyed men by the thousands.
Fezariu was different. He had never been drawn by the White Oak’s vices but the
brothel had still ruined him when he was just a boy.
Salvation came in the form of the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious
hired hands. They gave Fezariu the chance to escape from his past. Immersed in the
world of dangerous assignments in the colonies Fezariu longed to forget everything
about his childhood but only in facing the past would he ever be free of it.
RRP: £9.99/$14.99 (paperback), $4.99 (ebook)
 
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