Amber Light Memories is a fantasy book like no other.
We can as adults often forget the way to dream. This is not somenew disease that is affecting those around us. What that is is the idea of what fantasy books have become. With the main stream media allowing for new generations of fantasy fans to join the ranks of the older ones we are getting blind sided by fantasy novels that are nothing more than cookie cutter copies of the greats. We can not all be Tolkien. We can not all writ great books like Harry Potter or the Dragon Lance series. Yet e strive for those. There is nothing wrong with buildinga world and gaining that inspiration, but as writers e must ask ourselves if we are writing a our story or simply pushing the story ideas of another writer.
What we must provide is a world were readers can find themselves enjoying every fiber of your creation. There are the writers that would find and promote there ideas based on the world. By placing names that are easily recognizable, we as writers can put the reader in the country where our story takes place. This is all well and good if your writing is bieng marketed towards an audience that would dream of finding themselves lost a ong the mountains of tibet. Or more over for someone wanting a back alley adventure through the streets of Paris. We as fantasy writers are charged with creating a whole world. This by chance leaves writers with the constant struggle not only to come up with good story and characters that are believable, but we are chargd with writing a story in a world that is far removed from our daily lives but still somehow connected to reality.
For no matter how much our readers want to escape into that dungeon if the place is not real a least in some sense or another then the reader would see it as a failure.
What I have done with Amber Light was to kick off a new way to tell a story. More over it was to create a fantasy world that is real in a sense thatthe reader can look around and see themselves in that world without actually relying on big name places.