For today's Fantasy Chat, we have the talented T.F. Walsh here talking about world building.
Hi Cherie, thanks for having me on your blog. Today I want to chat about world building.
What I love about writing fantasy is the ability to create things out of nothing. The trick is to make it appear believable by borrowing items from history and even today’s world.
In Cloaked in Fur, the story is set in Brasov, Romania in the Carpathian Mountains. It’s a real place. It exists. My friend actually grew up in Brasov. But where the reality ends and fantasy begins is with the introduction of werewolves in this setting. And why not? It’s a place seeped in folklore, and many tales associated with Dracula come from this location. The backdrop is perfect.
And to take the world building further, I created three types of werewolves with a bloodline that links back to the royal kings from the Kingdom of Hungary in the 1300s. My plan was to differentiate each werewolf kind with names that weren’t too complicated, but almost self-explanatory. So, a moonwulf is a half wolf, half human. The moon still controls them once a month. Outside the full moon, they can’t transform. Now, for those creatures who have complete control over their transformations, I’ve named them wulfkin. And lastly, the monstrous, bloodthirsty werewolves who have zero ability to hold back their appetite are called dracwulf.
Of course with any wolf pack, rules and hierarchy plays a huge part. And the rules I introduced are crucial to the story and Daciana’s undoing. Plus, they set things in motion for book 2, which I’m very excited about.
The fun part about world building in fantasy worlds is that anything new introduced will have a ripple effect on everything else. And that’s where it gets fun, allowing you to take the story in so many directions.
What do you love about world building in a story?
Cloaked in Fur is Available Now
As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.
A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature. She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.
Paranormal Suspense With Strong Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.