anghara (anghara) wrote,

"Place as Person" blog series over on Mary Victoria's blog...

Mary Victoria is hosting a number of cool writers for a blog series entitled "Place as Person" - on the part that a place (in a fantasy novel, for instance) can play in a story, on the way that places often worm their way into our hearts and become almost anthropomorphised, as "Real" a character as any of a novel's protagonists. Think Dune. Think Middle Earth.

Her first guest is author Joshua Palmatier, a.k.a Benjamin Tate - and here's a taste of what he has to say:

"One of the strangest things that happened to me after the release of my first book, The Skewed Throne, was that at a signing, one of the fans who had obviously read the book already commented, “I love the Dredge! How did you make it so real? It felt like I was there!”

Of course this was exceedingly flattering and stroked my new writer’s ego to no end, but it got me thinking. For those who don’t know, the Dredge is what I called the slums in my fictional city of Amenkor, the setting for The Skewed Throne. The entire story takes place in this one city, and as soon as this fan made this comment I realized that because the entire novel was set in this city, I’d treated the city itself as if it were a character in its own right. "

Read the rest of the entry HERE

And do keep an eye on that blog. There are some tasty goodies to come.

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