Guest Post From Author Ciara Knight

Worldbuilding is my thing

I LOVE worldbuilding. There is nothing better than creating magical castles, freaky creatures, and Earthbound demons.

To set up the world for Rise from Darkness I decided to pick a hot and humid location. I grew up in Florida, so I knew a lot about the culture, weather, and habitat. The town I placed my hero and heroine in is Kemp, Florida, an isolated town on the west coast. Why is it isolated you ask? Because, the world isn’t just built and the story is constructed to fit it, the world should almost be another character in your story. Since I had a character who wished to remain ‘off the grid’ the isolated town was a must. It followed the rules of my world.

Another reason I chose Florida was because the temperature is hot and humid. Palmetto bugs scurry in the woods and Spanish moss hangs from large oak trees. All true aspects of Florida and great setting for a demon story.  The small sounds of nature, there is never a moment that mole crickets aren’t chirping in the heat of the summer, became a warning symbol for demons.

Mood, sight, sounds, taste, and touch are all important parts to dig deep in POV, but giving each sense purpose strengthens the plot and gives the reader more.

One warning about worldbuilding: never throw in a plot element that doesn’t fit the rules of your world. For instance, if you have a frog that turns people’s hair purple if they touch him, and he’s done this throughout the story, don’t turn around a few chapters later and say his power is to turn mushrooms into gold and that’s how he is able to buy the freedom of a princess being held by an evil sorcerer. Also, don’t have a thunderstorm pop up if your characters live in the desert just because they need water.

What kind of thing pulls you into a story? Does it bother you when something doesn’t fit?

Rise From Darkness

Book One: Battle of the Souls

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

Young Adult Paranormal

Alexander Lorre gives new meaning to the term “tormented teen.” He’s a newly fallen angel, which means he has the self-control of a three-year-old, the hormones of a teenager and the strength of an angel. When he rescues Gaby Moore from drowning, the chemistry between them is undeniable. With a local demon threatening Gaby’s life, he struggles to find a balance between remaining close enough to protect her but distant enough to control his desires.

As danger draws closer, Gaby uncovers shattering secrets that will lead to an ultimate choice. Will she fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the demon world, or save the man she loves from both? The first two choices damn her, but the last one could destroy them all.

About The Author:

Ciara Knight always had a passion for storytelling. At an early age, she wrote several short stories and poems, and in college she started work on her first novel. It wasn’t until late 2008 that she returned to her true passion of writing. Over the past few years she has penned five novels and joined several professional writing organizations to better her craft.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Ciara is happily married and enjoys family time. She has learned to embrace chaos, which is a requirement when raising three boys, and utilizes the insanity to create stories not of this world including, Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Young Adult Dystopian.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Website: www.ciaraknight.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/Ciaraknightwrites
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ciaratknight

8 thoughts on “Guest Post From Author Ciara Knight

  1. Sorry, ladies. I think I clicked out too early when I left responses before. I hope these show up. :)

    Tanya – Then you know all about those creatures. :) I think you’ll be able to relate to the setting.

    Dawne – Thank you so much, but no one would notice the book without the awesome cover you designed.

    Maria – Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy Alexander and Gaby’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    Meredith – Yay! A fellow worldbuilding junkie. :) It’s great to meet another author that enjoys it as much as I do.

  2. I’m following your tour =) I grew up in Palmetto, Fl. so I’m very familiar with palmetto bugs , palmetto bushes and the humidity. It will be cool to read a story with Fl. as the setting. I don’t think I have read one yet. There usually in the big cities or LA. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Dawne. A nice lady named Dara England did them and I love them. They have just the right amount of suspense for a vampire story, I think. I was checking out your website and you do some very cool cover work yourself. I just may take you up on those talents.

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