Today, I’d like to welcome author Cecy Robson to the blog! I just reviewed Cecy’s new novella set in the world of her Weird Girls series. And I loved it. The world Cecy created is imaginative, detailed, fresh, and, at times, disturbing. She deftly combines light and dark in this action-packed story of four sisters with unique abilities trying to lead normal lives in the supernatural haven of Lake Tahoe.
Please welcome Cecy as she discusses how she created her Weird Girls world (and stick around for the giveaway at the end of the post!).
The World of the Weird Girls
by Cecy Robson
World building in novels is an intricate art form―a potpourri of knowledge based data, if you will. Books have been written and classes have been taught to explain the details, the rules, the precise world building formula. Perhaps I should have taken that class or read that book. Instead, I just went with what sounded fun. And what’s more fun than creatures of the night who enjoy tanning, and a horde of she-vamps dressed like naughty Catholic schoolgirls?
I began writing my Urban Fantasy Romance Series, WEIRD GIRLS, about four unique sisters who obtained their powers as a result of a backfired curse. I don’t believe there are many stories about super-powered sisters, but similar tropes such as werebeasts changing from human to animal, and vampires drinking blood, exist across the board. It’s unavoidable, and often times difficult to come up with new and original ideas in the popular arena of Urban Fantasy. So in an attempt to be a little different, I decided that sunny California was a perfect place to set my series where the super nasties bump hard in the night, and day. Sunlight has no effect on my evil beings. Take that, Bram Stoker. No place to run now, dude.
I picked the Lake Tahoe region because of the incredible amount of wealth in the area. No one wants to read about a homeless vampire living in squalor holding an, “I will wrestle you for a pint,” sign. Well, maybe not this week anyway. I wanted my vampires to be the rock stars of the supernatural world―sexy, arrogant, entitled, and obnoxious as hell.
In researching Lake Tahoe, I discovered that Native Americans originally inhabited the area until they were sadly driven out. The knowledge gave me ideas: make the former Native Americans, Native American werebeasts and give the supernaturals a reason to be drawn to Tahoe. I developed the following premise based on these thoughts:
Long ago, when Native American werebeasts inhabited Tahoe, supernatural creatures considered the lake one of the premier places for mystical energy in the world. When the Native American werebeasts left, the magic left with them. Now, things have changed. The magic of Tahoe has risen once more. And, for good or for bad, it’s enticing all beings magical to return.
Stories based on legends fascinate me. So I continued to develop ideas for my “weird” world based on legends I created. Silver is a common element to thwart and debilitate evil. I made gold my kryptonite . . . and blamed the poisonous effects on the vampires. Here is my legend of cursed gold:
When the world was still new, and magic was at its strongest, a witch fell in love with a vampire. The vampire didn’t love her in return. He only loved his gold and the power it granted him. The witch cast a spell to curse the vampire’s gold, believing if she couldn’t have her love, he couldn’t have his. The curse, fused by the witch’s anger and bitterness, was powerful enough to extend to all preternatural creatures. No being of magic can hold it without feeling the poisoning effects, and fire of the curse.
The key to world building is to make whatever you create believable. Give readers a reason to think that grouchy neighbor could just be a hungry and sleep-deprived werewolf. Offer the reader an escape, but not to make your creation so fantastical, a reader can’t wrap themselves around it. Supply details in digestible chunks or through dialogue. Information dumps will only bore and lose the reader.
When structuring your “world” think of your characters. How will the setting and rules you create help or inhibit them? Is there a price for the magic used? If so, convey the details through active scenes rather than by telling the reader. My book, SEALED WITH A CURSE, opens with the Wird sisters being escorted into vampire court because one of them, um, “accidentally” set a vampire on fire her magic. The reader can immediately SEE that these sisters are unique and that even in the supernatural world, there are consequences to their actions.
Is it challenging to build a new world no slayer of words has done before? Ah. Yeah. Is it possible? Of course! If a thought comes to you, let ‘er rip. If you dream of something, write it down. Be different, be daring, take chances, but most of all, have fun!
Thanks for having me, Lee!
The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson
You can find THE WEIRD GIRLS at:
ABOUT THE WEIRD GIRLS:
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…
The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.
Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.
The Weird Girls Ebook Giveaway
One ebook (Kindle/Nook) of The Weird Girls (to be released on 12/4/12)
About the Author
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy’s creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her first urban fantasy series, Weird Girls, in May 2009.
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