A for ‘A Whole new World’ – #atozchallenge

So the AtoZchallenge and #CampNanowrimo are once again upon us.  Over the next 30 days, I’ll be blogging in four places (one shared), including here, Digital Marketing Gloucester and Darkness PD, and on a shared blog at Alexandria Publihsing Group.  I’ll be creating some compelling content to get your motors running and get you interested in my work, and I’ll be sharing some of the work that does the same for me.

A is for ‘A whole new world’.

When writing the universe notes for Glass Block and the later Darkness Deadlies, I realised that one of the things I didn’t really have a grasp on was where the world was.  I mean Darkness is a place, just like any other, but where is it.  And the more I asked that, the more difficult it became to actually pin down some of the stuff going on – it sounds stupid, but as soon as I started thinking solid geography, my brain rebelled.  All I knew when I started was there were three freinds – a Senior Detective, Precinct 1 called Elliot Peters, a Detective, Sex Crimes and clone trafficking (Morrigain Roth), and an ex detective, retired due to injury, now private detective (Harper Wraithschild, was Jack Harper).  I explain pretty early in the name change in Glass Block, so I won’t recap that here.

So, I’ve been deliberately vague about what city Darkness actually is – it’s a huge metropolis, but I don’t think I’ll ever decide where it is.
On the other hand, Harper Wraithschild (Jack Harper) is from a parallel version of Edinburgh (my home town), where magic is real, and tech such as the indoctrination virus I’ll talk about more over on Darkness PD’s I for Indoctrination doesn’t work.  But there are side effects, which cause havoc for Elliot and Harper, and some interesting questions about where some of the ‘contamination’ in the world of Darkness is actually coming from, because if Harper can cross over, can’t others?

I was pretty young and naieve back then – it was close to 12 years ago after all – so I thought ‘world building’ meant just the actual physical geography and tortured myself trying to draw street maps for Darkness.  About two years after, I realised all I needed to do was build my world as my characters revealed it.  I’m 14 books (mostly drafts, don’t shout for them yet!) in so far, and tomorrow I’m going to announce the next four over on Darkness PD’s B is for Books, but there’s something really refreshing about exploring with my characters.  I’ve never done it with the other books – the setting always came first, but this is and always will be a tale about three freinds and the challenges they face in a world that seems more than a little bit alien sometimes, and a legal system that’s way behind our tech.  As it’s something we’re facing already in some ways, I think the story will only resonate more and more with people as time goes by.

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  1. Gene'O

    I obsess over the physical and political geography, myself. I have a fairly developed world and an encyclopedia’s worth of notes, but not much story at this point.

    Sounds like April is shaping up to be very busy for you. I blog around a bit too, but I don’t Nanowrimo. Happy writing, and I hope A to Z is good for you!

  2. Cait

    I always find it interesting to hear how people come up with the worlds that their stories are set in. Sometimes when I write I can picture things really clearly and other times it feels like you’re uncovering it, like some archaeological artefact as you write.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge, I’m impressed at you tackling it on so many blogs!

  3. Tarkabarka

    Sounds intriguing! I used to start from world building too. In a way I still do, since you can’t really do historical fiction any other way…
    Happy A to Z!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

  4. Michele Truhlik

    hmm, my curiosity is really piqued now! Your book sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read more about it. It’s interesting that the setting has yet to be defined as far as location yet and readers will be able to imagine where they feel it to be. Neat! I’m bookmarking you so I can read more…
    Michele at Angels Bark

    • Kai

      The book itself is out April 15th – it’s on pre-order now, but I’m delighted others get it. It sounded a bit daft when I explained it at Uni…
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Debbie D.

    Blogging in four places for the A-Z Challenge is quite a feat. Kudos to you! Interesting to have a story without a specified setting. I’m intrigued!


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