After six books across two publishers in the world of her Chronicles of the Necromancer series, Charlotte author Gail Z. Martin‘s new book, Ice Forged (Orbit, January 2013) remains firmly in epic fantasy territory but otherwise starts an entirely new world. While earlier this week The Exploding Spaceship reviewed the book, here Martin writes that yes, indeed, while starting from scratch can be a refreshing change of pace, it was also the hardest part of creating her newest book.
By Gail Z. Martin:
For me, the hardest part of writing Ice Forged was getting the world clear in my own mind after spending so long in my Chronicles of the Necromancer/Fallen Kingdoms universe. Ice Forged is a completely different series with all-new characters and an all-new world. I had to step out of my comfort zone, built over several years, and re-imagine how magic works in this new place, what the political issues are, and how the characters fit into all this.
It’s a lot like moving into a new city—you’ve got to get the lay of the land straight in your head, figure out the best grocery stores, find the gas station, etc. Once you’ve lived there awhile, you navigate by landmarks and you know the regulars. You create a “history” with people and places that make you feel at home. Before a reader can move into a fictional “neighborhood” and make it home, the author has to create that neighborhood—or world—and it has to become real to the author. In my experience, it takes a bit of knocking around in that world to feel like a native, but once you’ve reached that point, you want to show visitors all around this great new place and convince them to vacation there.
Gail Z. Martin’s newest book, Ice Forged: Book One in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books), launched in January 2013. Gail is also the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series (Solaris Books) and The Fallen Kings Cycle (Orbit Books). For more about Gail’s books and short stories, visit www.AscendantKingdoms.com. Be sure to “like” Gail’s Winter Kingdoms Facebook page, follow her on Twitter @GailZMartin, and join her for frequent discussions on Goodreads.
Read an excerpt from Ice Forged here: http://a.pgtb.me/JvGzTt
With registration opening at noon, and opening ceremonies and programming (and the dealer’s room) getting started at 3, illogiCon ii: Schrodington’s Revenge is finally here:
There are readings, panels (I’m moderating one on “The Local Scene” at 5 pm) and then later this evening, a dance, more panels (Liars’ Panel, SF as Covert Commentary on the Real World, etc.) and filk gets going as well. There are day passes available, as well as (of course!) weekend-long registrations, so come on by the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd in Cary (just off of I-40 at the Harrison exit). Meet: Writer Guest of Honor Tim Powers! Webcomic Guest of Honor Garth Graham! Toastmaster Mark L. Van Name! And a long, long line of guests including legendary Analog editor Stanley Schmidt.
Also, I want to take the time to highlight a regional author book release this week:
Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit) starts a new fantasy series, Ascendant Kingdoms, for the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series: “Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine “Mick” McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands of Edgeland. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic of the governor’s mages keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists.”
So! Head to your local bookstore and support your local authors! Also, you can read an interview in which Martin describes how the series came about.