Revenant: Book Three of The Eleven Kingdoms
That of course left me with the question as to how a child could grow to adulthood without learning these things while still being able to function at all.
It meant that the adult had to have been raised in a very strange environment where he was cared for, but in a non-loving relationship. In the end, I felt that I had no choice but to make Slave what he was, and then watch and see what he did and how he would react. Oddly enough, I would not have considered Slave an antihero, but I can certainly see that he would be perceived as such.
He would never consider himself either a hero, or an antihero, he would regard himself — were he to ever consider the question at all — more as a man trapped by a situation of his own making. Its effect on others, and his effect on others, would most likely not cross his mind. Keshik is also not a very likeable character although his love for Maida kind of redeems him. Were you worried when you wrote this that your readers might not be able to connect to some of the characters?
Again, Keshik grew out of an idea. Keshik is an assassin by default, he is exiled and disgraced, left with a particular skill set that has only one real application in the world — to kill. He is very good at it and it does not bother him to do it, but nonetheless killing for a living requires a certain moral standpoint and it must affect the one who does it. The idea intrigued me, so I created Keshik. Maida was created very much as the softening counterpoint to Keshik, the humanizing part of the killer, the only chance he would ever have for redemption.
They are both the products of brutal environments where life is harsh and death is an everyday experience. I feel that fantasy is one of the best places to explore the darker side of humanity and it is filled with or should that be littered with? The world of the Eleven Kingdoms is a hard, violent place and it would spit up hard, violent people who would do nasty things. Personally, I have long found the speculative fiction reader to be far more discerning than most and they appreciate logically constructed societies that create appropriate characters.
And speculative fiction readers like complicated characters. I think that these four are complex and dark. When you were creating your world, did you have a grand plan in mind from the start or did it evolve as you went? This story was fairly well mapped out before I started.
Revenant: Book Three of The Eleven Kingdoms
There was a grand plan before I started serious writing — and to my surprise it all went mostly to plan. Did you do much research on other cultures for this book? It seems like there was a kind of Mongolian feel to the steppe nomads that felt quite realistic. Yes I did do a fair bit of research on other cultures. As you noticed and thank you for doing so , there was a lot of reading up on the Mongolian culture, so I am happy that it came across as realistic.
I have found that when inventing a culture it is extremely difficult to build one from the ground up.
Scarred Man (The Eleven Kingdoms, #2) by Bevan McGuiness
Every culture has things that have grown out of their history and aspects of their past that are no longer present, only remembered in observances and traditions. To create a believable culture one needs this sort of detail and I have found it best to borrow from existing cultures for such minutiae. One thing about building a whole world is to make sure that the cultures in it are varied and based on the geography where they form, so again, I like to draw inspiration from actual cultures that exist in similar environments here.
Are you a member of the SF fandom community? If so what conventions will you be attending in the next year?
I went to Supanova and Swancon this year and plan to again next year. As I work full-time however it is very difficult to get interstate to other conventions, as much as I would love to do so. If anyone wants to let me know about conventions I would like to try to fit them in. Who are your greatest writing influences? So many great writers, so little time and space. In no particular order of significance — Ayn Rand — for introducing me to what writing could do.
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- Rainbow Butterflies.
- Torch Song.
- The Night Before My Birthday.
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