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The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is Devorah Fox.
"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of “The Redoubt,” voted one of fifty Self-Published Books Worth Reading two thousand sixteen, and three other books in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series. She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.
Guest blog post by Devorah Fox
Most actors are familiar with the concept of “method acting,” a technique formulated by Lee Strasberg. The intent is for actors to achieve better portrayals of the characters that they play. Based on a system developed by Constantin Stanislavski, method acting encourages actors to build a deeper understanding of the role by using their own experience in order to identify with the character, by calling on their own emotions or sensations. Since the technique relies on the actor’s personal experience, method actors have been known to seek out an experience or condition so as to gain knowledge they might not otherwise have.
The writing version would be “participatory journalism” as practiced by George Plimpton. He did things like compete in professional sports, perform in a Western, and play with an orchestra, all the better to write about them.
You might say I do participatory fiction writing, playing out a scene to see if it would actually work the way that I imagine. I did a lot of what I call “method writing” as I worked on The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic fantasy series.
In The Lost King, Book One, the medieval King Bewilliam finds himself estranged from his kingdom and supports himself by 7 honing blades. I researched the subject, but to make sure that I understood the process, I got a sharpening steel and tried it on my kitchen implements. My knives are now the sharpest that they’ve ever been.
A lot of the action in Book Two, The King’s Ransom, takes place on a single-mast sailing ship. I took myself on a field trip to tour the replicas of the Columbus ships. Granted, they were larger than the Orion on which the king travels. They were caravels, whereas the Orion is more of a cog, but I was able to get a feel for a small sailing vessel’s dimensions and what life aboard a such a boat might have been like. Later in that story, King Bewilliam has to defeat a portcullis gate from the outside. To make sure that this could be done the way that I visualized it, I cobbled up a makeshift portcullis from a pulley, rope, and a section of latticework.
Music plays an important role in Book Three, The King’s Redress, and at a critical point, music becomes a critical element of a defensive maneuver in the king’s battle with a rival ruler. I attended an outdoor concert with a measuring tape to confirm that sound would travel the required distance and get the job done.
Book Four, The Redoubt, finds King Bewilliam engaged in a board game very much like checkers. Yes, I got myself a checkers set and challenged myself to verify that the game would play out the way I pictured it. Had I picked something more complex, like chess, I’d probably still be at it.
Why do I go this far in pursuit of verisimilitude? After all, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam series is a fantasy; I could just make stuff up. However, readers have commented that in these stories, the unreal is comfortably real. I want the king and members of his kingdom to come across as people that readers could know. To do that, I need to be as well acquainted with King Bewilliam’s world, as I am with my own. Researching the setting to the point of acting out parts of the story gives me confidence that I have told a believable tale.
See for yourself if my “method writing” helped to create a fantasy world, that somehow feels familiar.
Book excerpt/s from "The Redoubt," Book Four of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam:
Tall and slender with long mahogany hair, Princess Dale was not unattractive yet Robin could not help but see Zachary’s face under the powder, cheek and lip stain. Dale worked hard with the kingdom’s best tailors to craft flattering gowns, which nevertheless failed to narrow a young man’s broad shoulders and back or widen narrow hips. Today’s robe of deep purple draped Dale’s form with all the elegance of a counterpane. Princess Dale’s feminine appearance put Robin off balance. He felt like leaving the hall and coming in again to reorient himself but it wouldn’t do any good. Prince Zachary would still be Princess Dale.
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I'm an addict. I'm addicted to writing. After a day or two of not writing, I get twitchy. I used to think that I wrote to help people, or at least entertain them. Now I know that I write to keep from going mad. If I don't get the words out of my brain and on to paper (even digital paper), my head will explode.
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