Sunday, December 2, 2007

Willing Sacrifice by Gloria Oliver

Why did you pick the setting you used in your story? I'm not looking for -- "because I live there". I want you to dig deep and tell us...
Hm, since I built it from scratch, I would say it was because it was what the novel called for.

Why you chose that particular setting? I love fantasy and so I tend to err on the side of the fantastic.

What does the setting add to the story? It is a different world than our own, a different time. It gives me a chance to build a different kind of society for the reader to learn about and explore.

Could you write the same story in a different setting? Yes. I probably could. Might be fun to do so in a Science Fiction setting. Heh.

Why or why couldn't you use a different setting? Though a few of the technical issues, like the demons and gods might need to be called something else, since they are basically from other dimensions, the fact that a gate would open at certain times would still be a viable option whether I set the story in modern day or even a science fiction future. A lot of the lessons and ideas are about people and therefore could be applied to any venue.

Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting? No.

Or, did you create the setting from scratch? It all came from the depths of my noggin, bits taken from all the different places and things I've learned over a lifetime.

Is there anything else about your setting that we need to know? Feel free to share. While the setting will feel somewhat medieval, the fact that the culture has been shaped by the existence of the Four Gods and the Time of Trial, it allowed for the creation of the subculture of people needing to spread the word about the Bearer and the Eye. Because the Trial's cycle is so far apart, this subculture becomes an intrinsic part of the world's survival. Yet over time they themselves fall into the same problems that most long spanning organizations have and have had periods of being known, and others, as in the current cycle, of spreading the word by more subtle means. That probably made no sense whatsoever, did it? lol!

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?

Tell us some specific details about your setting. What would we see? What sort of people are there? If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us? For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting? Most of the story takes place in the mansion, city, and rural areas of a viscount's domain. The people you would meet both in the city and out in the villages are currently under a bit of a strain as The Herald, a large comet, has appeared as foretold, heralding the coming of the Time of Trial. They are under a lot of pressure, knowing that this event they have no control over will decide the fate of the world and their future lives. So they pray and put out talismans and items to the Four Gods for protection, even as some panic, others decide to gouge prices, and some get desperate.

Thank you for sharing details about your book setting. Now, what's the title of your book and where can we buy it? Willing Sacrifice

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic

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