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The Hardest Chapter Of Road Of A Warrior

A blogger recently asked me which part of my recently launched book, Road of a Warrior,  was the most difficult to write. There was no doubt in my mind, I said. Chapter fourteen – it was always chapter fourteen.

As an author, there are scenes I find a joy to write while others are a proverbial pain in the backside.

For instance, writing a battle scene is something I love. I imagine the scenes playing out like a movie in my mind, over and over in my head. I can even hear the music as my main character battles with a Deviant or a Sand Lord. They attack and parry, the blows come heavier and heavier until Fel’annár somersaults over his hideous opponent and then lashes out with his long sword, slicing its head off while his shorter sword arches up and around, stabbing another rotten Deviant who thought to take him from the side … OK! I’ll stop, and I think you have the picture, right? I am incorrigible.

But it gets worse; sometimes, I will even reach for my industrial-sized toilet paper rolls and perform the Kenjutsu moves myself – just as I have written them. Does it work? Is it logical? Would it really happen like that? Everything is ok as long as the neighbours don’t see me through the kitchen window!

I also love scenes with political intrigue. I love the rhetoric, the scepticism, the fleeting glances and knowing gazes. I love riling the reader and then giving satisfaction as the victim becomes the victor.

However, for me, the challenge comes in the guise of romance. I mean even the word itself is open to such a wide diversity of interpretation. What is romance? How do I understand it and does that coincide with what others expect of a romantic scene?

I have always felt myself struggle with romantic scenes and this is why I need to get in there and just do it. What is there not to love about expressing perhaps the deepest and most uncontrollable emotion we know? The passion and the violence, the tears and the wonder. So why do I feel so awkward when I try to put pen to paper and write that scene? There’s nothing for it, it has to be done.

Which brings me to chapter 14 of Road of a Warrior, the second book in The Silvan series. It was a massive challenge because this chapter has battle, heartbreak, magic and dialogue galore and of course – love! I remember endless days with my beta reader, M.Y. Leigh, and my editor Andrea Lundgren, grinding out the scenes, fleshing them out, changing them and then changing them again until my hair was a mess and they were as good as they could be. I would be extremely interested in hearing from anyone who read the book to lend me their thoughts, of course.

When I look back to my debut novel, Path of a Novice, the first book in The Silvan series, I still love it, but I can see just how far I have come as a writer in the year it took me to prepare book two. Part of that success is due to my own enthusiasm, naturally, but it has also been about finding the right people to accompany me on the journey. A brilliant editor and a marvellous beta reader have made such a huge difference and I truly hope to have them by my side for book three, Dawn of a Legend.

If you are a writer, what scenes do you especially love to write? Which ones do you hate and all-importantly – why?

Character Actions: Should There Be a Reason Why?

Andrea Lundgren

Characters do all kinds of things in fiction. Their actions make up the stories we write, and if they did nothing…it’d be pretty boring.

But how much motivation should there be in what they do? Do you, as the author, need to always know why they’re doing it, or can they just “do something for doing it”?

Let’s take a look at a scene and see how it works.

She walked over to the glass. On the other side was a habitat, all sand and rocks with only a few scaly plants, the surface of their stems mirroring that of the creature who should’ve been inside.

Slowly, she touched the glass. Her hand stayed there for a long moment, not moving, in firm but gentle contact against the clear silica-based partition until it slowly began to warm to her touch.

Then she backed away.

Now, we, as readers, don’t need…

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Fantasy World Creation

World Building in Fantasy Novels

 

“Past our great city and further north still, the Deep Forest begins. It is hotter here, humid and hazy in summer. This is the homeland of the Silvan people, our birthplace. Our villages are dotted over a map of sprawling woods and vales, dells and bubbling brooks, hot springs and mossy enclaves. There are no grand halls here, only cottages and flets, mighty talans even, but it is all wood and rope, stone and bone for these are the elements of this land.”

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So says Marhené, the Silvan chronicler in The Silvan series. But why even have a chronicler? Keep reading.

When writing a fantasy novel, one of the first things you need to address is ‘where not in this world’ are we? First because, how can you even start writing without making immediate references to where you are in one way or another? I know for some writers, it is the world they envisage that actually fuels the story, whereas for others it is the story itself that begs for a place in which to play out. This was my case, and Bel’arán is the result.

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The Wonderful Hector World devised and then hand-drew this wonderful map, after hours of talk time. Oh we could have created an entire planet had we continued, but that wasn’t necessary. You’ll see that the cold regions are down south, while the warmer areas are towards the north. Everything else is either forest, mountain or prairie.

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Now you might be thinking – well – why not be more imaginative? Go all out and make something new and unique; defy the laws of physics! But here’s the thing. If you’re going to do that, it’s so that your readers can enjoy that world, right? And if that is, indeed, the case, then you will have to explain it, too. Now there is a challenge – right? Because just how interested are our readers in the finer points of our fantasy world if those details are not related to the story? I dare say they are certainly not as interested as the writer. How many times can we read reviews in which the reader complains of excessive wordiness, pages upon pages of description? Way too many times, but as a writer, the temptation is, at times, irresistible. We want readers to see what we see when we write.

I think it is all about balance, about giving the reader enough information to suggest what your world looks like, smells or feels like, without dishing it up on a plate, or without cramping the reader’s own creativity. Personally, I opted for short extracts to introduce each chapter, so that I didn’t have to work in too much description in the chapter itself. Marhené, my Silvan chronicler, does this for me. She speaks of the land, of the Silvan people, of the events that have shaped their existence, about their history and beliefs. It was the only way I could find to avoid the wordiness, avoid pacing issues that can easily arise when a writer gets lost in her own world and doesn’t understand when it becomes boring to those who just want to ready the story.

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I make up for the similarity of Bel’arán to Earth by introducing other species and races. Alpine, Silvan, Pelagic and Spirit elves, Mountain Hounds, Deviants, Incipients, Gas Lizards, even humans– gulp! And describe away, say I, because you really do want to know who is fighting, how hard it will be to kill this opponent, why others react to them the way they do.

Fantasy fiction has these challenges because you are creating worlds, creating creatures. You can’t just say, “Fel’annár jumped onto his Gas Lizard and shot off …” It all needs to be drawn in the book, not in strokes of pencil or colour but with words not only that describe, but that suggest, that conjure, that awaken the reader’s senses and allow them to travel, to lose themselves in their own, unique perception of the world the writer creates.

What do you think? As a reader, how much description do you actually want from a fantasy novel? When does it start to bore you? As a writer, how do you avoid going off on a tangent? How do you introduce readers to your world and its inhabitants?

Editorial Review – Road of a Warrior: The Silvan Book II

I subjected myself to the ultimate test a writer possibly can; a professional, editorial review. This is the result …

The Book Review Directory

Title : Road of a Warrior: The Silvan Book II

Author : R.K. Lander

Genre : Epic Fantasy / Military fantasy

This sweeping tale of love, heritage, honor, and intrigue continues the saga of Fel’annár, a young warrior elf of mixed blood who dreams of being a captain in an army where only pure Alpines rule.

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Blog Tour: Road Of A Warrior by R. K. Lander

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Hello Readers!

Today I have a book tour post for ya!
But first watch the trailer!

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Road of a Warrior (The Silvan Book II)
by R.K. Lander
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Release Date: April 28th 2018
Summary:
A light in the forest, a king returned, a past to claim …
Fel’annár is an immortal half-blood warrior from the Deep Forest, an orphan whose questions
were never answered. With a dream of becoming a Silvan captain in an army ruled by the Alpine
elves, he is sent to protect a prince of the realm on a journey to Tar’eastór, land of the mighty
Alpine elves and of Fel’annár’s own father – whoever he was.
His nascent power will continue to evolve as his shrouded past finally surfaces. The truth he
never thought to hear will thrust him onto a path strewn with political intrigue, discrimination,
danger and self-discovery.
Meanwhile, a failing…

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Promo Post Of Road Of A Warrior By R.K.Lander

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Road of a Warrior (The Silvan Book 2)

by R.K. Lander

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Release Date: April 28th 2018

Summary:A light in the forest, a king returned, a past to claim …Fel’annár is an immortal half-blood warrior from the Deep Forest, an orphan whose questions were never answered. With a dream of becoming a Silvan captain in an army ruled by the Alpine elves, he is sent to protect a prince of the realm on a journey to Tar’eastór, land of the mighty Alpine elves and of Fel’annár’s own father – whoever he was.His nascent power will continue to evolve as his shrouded past finally surfaces. The truth he never thought to hear will thrust him onto a path strewn with political intrigue, discrimination, danger and self-discovery.Meanwhile, a failing king will rise from the ashes of grief and reclaim his place as leader of the Great Forest. Warriors will battle…

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Road of a Warrior is on the road.

 

ROAW_TOURSo Road of a Warrior is on the road. Initial results after Saturday’s launch are promising and I can’t wait for the feedback to roll in. That’s where you come in. I would love you to follow, like and share so hop on board.

The tour kicks off with a mini review from Adventures Thru Wonderland, although you will also find guest posts from me about how the book was written, and a little background information on some of the main characters and some excerpts from the book.

 

Blog Tour Schedule –

April 30th

Accidental Writer:   http://klyoung.net/blog

Books are Love:  http://hello-booklover.tumblr.com

Adventures Thru Wonderland: http://adventuresthruwonderlandreviews.wordpress.com

Mythical Books:  http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.com/

May 1st

Smada’s Book Smack:  Http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com

Andi’s Young Adult Books:  http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com

More Books Than Livros:   http://www.morebooksthanlivros.com

The Cover Contessa: http://www.thecovercontessa.com

Bookparadise572000    https://bookparadise421607024.wordpress.com

May 2nd

RhythmicBooktrovert    http://Rhythmicbooknerd.wordpress.com

Dark Treasury    https://audenstreasury.blogspot.com/

Literary Musings    http://literarymusing.weebly.com

Shannon Muir – Infinite House of Books     http://www.house-of-books.com

May 3rd

This and That Book Blog    http://thisandthatbookblog.blogspot.com

Bookworm for Kids    http://www.bookwormforkids.blogspot.com

Mikayla’s Bookshelf     www.mikaylasbookshelf.blogspot.com

May 4th

Character Madness and Musings    https://jenabaxterbooks.blogspot.com/

Wishful Endings      http://www.wishfulendings.com/

jrsbookreviews http://www.jrsbookreviews.wordpress.com

Don’t Judge, Read     http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca

 

T Minus Nine Days to Launch

2017-1368 RK Lander_EbookOnly nine days to go before the launch of Road of a Warrior, The Silvan Book II.

It’s just such an exciting moment, and the nine days left before the launch party are packed with frenetic activity. There is a Facebook party to throw, and a real party at the same time. That might have been a very bad idea, conceptually, but it promises to be fun, I’ll tell you. Just don’t miss the photos next day!

The worst part of the run up is the eternal wait for my advance readers to get back to me with their feedback, and of course the long-awaited editorial review. In fact it’s torture, because all those pesky insecure writer quirks resurface and the metaphysical questions arise. I won’t bore you with that, though. Luckily, my beta reader M.Y. Leigh and my editor, Andrea Lundgren, have written really positive things about this second instalment so that makes me hopeful it will be at least as good as the first – hopefully better.

You can see Andrea’s review here.

If you would like a review copy, please let me know. The more feedback I get at the outset, the better, so please drop me a line if you’re up for it.

So how about you join the fun and sign up for the Facebook launch? You can do that here, I will be joined by E. Paige Burks, Carolee Croft and Doug Goodman who are also launching books, so don’t miss the opportunity to meet them and participate in all the giveaways we’re throwing around. And if you are an author with a new book, let me know if you would like to participate.

And of course there is always my Giveaway … don’t forget to sign up for that!

I ‘m really excited about meeting you, or hearing from you, but above all, I hope, will all my heart, that you will enjoy the book.

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