“Write what you know.”
It’s a common writer’s expression, one that says a lot in a few simple words; it reinforces an author’s fundamental aim to write to their strengths, to invoke their knowledge or experiences. I agree with this to a point, but in the realm of fantastic fiction, I like to take it some steps further. I’ll pose this – “Write what you love, what you feel, what you dream…” And do it freely, dear friends, with no expectation of assuaging others’ expectations of what you’re supposed to write. Oh, there’s some basics to novel writing that ring true in holding together a cohesive manuscript, and I had those in mind as I sweat and bled my soul over the long years of learning and crafting Phate, but I never let any traditional constraints hold back my imagination or my heart.
I’m not your “normal” person, ha! There was no way Phate was ever going to be your average book (if there is such a thing). In my universe, dragons and starships, elves and demons, deep space and ghostly forests all coexist within one fluid universe. Phate is not science fantasy, or at least it was not an attempt to nail down any particular genre. Phate is what it is; I’ll let the fans and critics decide…
Phate: The Cosmic Fairytale was an exercise in expressing pure, unbridled imagination; it was an amalgamation of every fantastic story I had ever viewed on screen or read in the pages of some beautifully bound fantasy novel. It’s all in there – the Star Wars influence, The Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance, Tron, Star Trek; the writings of R. A. Salvatore, cheesy or amazing 80’s sci-fi and fantasy movies. I love it all. I sincerely do. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a wondrous time, when the slings and arrows of outrageous online criticism weren’t there to pick apart every molecule of a creative work. I always tended to find the good in a story or movie, even if the overall work wasn’t a masterpiece. I always dreamed of my own worlds and stories just to the side of the creator’s own. I suppose I’ve always viewed this stuff through the eyes of a child; and it’s those very same eyes through which I still see and create my own universe.
In a time when gritty, realistic, adult driven dramas are the most influential force behind the present day’s works of fantastic fiction, Phate was written to embrace the wonder, awe, hope, and endless possibilities of a universe unbound by reality. It truly is a fairy tale in the sense that it is purposefully unrealistic; there are few rules, few confinements to the characterizations and situations therein. That’s not to say I ignored my own rules and laws of my world, but that those laws never hampered the expression of my imagination. For me, the idea or wonder of a thing was more important than the mechanics. Expression. Imagination. Ideas. Yes indeed. Writing is an art, the universe my canvas, and Phate my painting. I used whatever colors I chose, joyfully and with abandon.
As Morning’s Hope, the Greater Translucent Dragon and Guardian of the Son and Savior of the Stars in my story says, “If it can be dreamed, it can be realized.” I dared to imagine, and I dared to write it down. The rest, as they say, is gravy….
I hope readers find Phate: The Cosmic Fairytale as the ultimate escape. I hope people can feel it and see it and gain a sense of a place they’ve never journeyed to before. Phate really is a piece of my imaginative soul laid onto the page.
Now you know a little of my inspiration for writing it. Next time we’ll take a peek at the story and characters. I so look forward to sharing it with the world.
All my best,