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Morning, everyone! Today I have a special guest for you. J.K. Coi is here to talk about her recent release, FALLING HARD (and you know how much I love angel romance!) Stay tuned for details on how to win a digital copy of FALLING HARD, as well as a complete set of romance trading cards!
When I was writing the first book in my Warring Angels series, FALLING HARD, I had the freedom to create the entire world that my characters would live in, from scratch. It’s a heady feeling, this power to control something so monumental as the way the whole world will work. And also quite daunting.
The thing I always try to keep in mind when writing in a paranormal/fantasy genre (which can also apply to genres taking place in historical time periods), is that keeping it simple can have a big effect. Even small changes when they are made to things often taken for granted will end up standing out. So in the case of my angels, instead of creating a new world, I simply used our own contemporary world, with a few tweaks to the rules.
For example, because angels are traditionally pictured as protective and serene beings silently watching over us, I decided to turn that ideology on its ear and make my angels into beings looking not to protect humanity, but to eradicate it and take over the world for themselves after having been imprisoned and kept from earth for millennia. They aren’t serene so much as crazed sociopaths who are cracking under the pressure when emotion is returned to them after so many thousands of years without it.
When I had an idea which part of my world would be different from the norm, the rules could then be as complex or as simple as I wanted them to be, but I was also able to retreat into the safety of a world that already has well defined rules and boundaries that I didn’t have to try and figure out. For example, although I had to come up with a mythology and history for the angels, everyone knows what gravity is like on our world, that there are cars and planes and trains, and that strawberries taste a certain way. Those are things I wouldn’t have to explain to the reader (thank goodness).
In almost all circumstances, world building will have a lot to do with the culture, history and belief systems of the characters who take centre stage. This is my favourite part! I love figuring out where my characters came from, what made them who they are and how much of it comes from threads that get woven into the whole of the world I’m creating. In FALLING HARD, Amelia served the Archangels and had been given the difficult task of imprisoning the other angels and stripping them of their emotion. She did it in order to stop the endless civil war between her kind, but those decisions have consequences, and affect both the new world I created, and the normal world as well.
The trick is keeping the rules I’ve made up and those that already existed in sync with one another, and making sure that I don’t break the rules once they are put into place. Especially now that I’m working on a second book in the same world, and dealing with new characters and their goals and motivations.
I’m more than happy to answer questions in the comments, or just to chat about world building, crazy-ass angels, and the appeal of bad-boy rock stars J
And thanks so much for the opportunity to be here!
Blurb for FALLING HARD:
After a life filled with tragedy, rocker Gabriel Gunn thinks he’s finally getting the better of his personal demons. Then he’s attacked after a concert—and rescued by a warrior goddess brandishing a sword and white wings. As hard as it is to believe in an angelic bodyguard, Gabriel must face an even more impossible truth: he carries the devil’s soul within him.
Amelia has been watching over Gabriel for years, using her angelic powers to prevent Lucifer’s return. Now she must also protect him from warring angel factions with their own agendas. Amelia would do anything to avert another angelic war, even sacrifice her own emotions to avoid temptation. Yet with Gabriel she feels things she no longer wants to deny, and pleasure she never imagined.
But the closer Gabriel and Amelia get, the stronger Lucifer becomes. Will Amelia be forced to kill the man she’s come to love to stop the war she’s always feared?
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