Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Few Words to Say Hello #OurAuthorGang

A Few Words to Say Hello

By Rich Feitelberg

Hello everyone. I'm new here and thought I'd begin by introducing myself so you can get to know a little about me. My name is Rich Feitelberg. I'm a fantasy novelist and poet. I've written five novels in my fantasy series, the Aglaril Cycle, and a collection of poetry, Paraphernalia in My Pocket, and four collections of short stories. You can visit my website, for details if you're interested.

What got me writing more that anything is a steady diet of comic books (I'm a Silver Age junkie), Star Trek on TV (I'm talking Captain Kirk, not Jean Luc Picard), and an overactive imagination. I used to daydream a lot and imagine all sorts of adventures for myself.

I was fascinated by maps too, especially old ones. And it didn't take long for my to doodle and create imaginary lands for my adventures. Later, I got more serious about it and got into world building, role-playing, and character development.

So when I thought about what to blog about here, I immediately jumped to questions I've got from other writers are book fairs: "How did you create the map of your world?" They are referring to the large map I display at such events. It is a portion of Thalacia, the land in which my fantasy series takes place. It draws people in and sometimes helps me sell a book or two.

But the actually process of mapmaking and world building for a fantasy novels (or series of novels) is  a topic I think readers of this blog would enjoy. So that's the journey in front of us. Hope you'll stick around and join me on the voyage.