Introducing “The Severed Islands”

The series will take us into a brand new fantasy setting of four islands where the Noykur rebellion aims to wrest control of the Severed Islands from the Minvithil regime, a nation teeming with powerful magi and indisputably in control of the ocean through a brutal sea creature.

One Noykur rebel, Asper Kujoh, strikes out on a quest into enemy territory to find ancient writings which could be the key to her enemies’ downfall.

Worldbuilding Basics – Names

I used to have such a hard time coming up with new names for characters, locations, and the like; it seemed like a haphazard process of jumbling sounds together, hoping to stumble across something that was the right balance of other-worldly, yet familiar, as well as compelling and original. I have more recently discovered several tricks and methods which take a lot of guesswork out of the process, and I wanted to share them to both help any other author who is struggling like I did and simply because I find the subject fascinating.

Why I’m Starting a New Series

Discovering self publishing really pushed me to take writing more seriously, and that was when I really got into studying books at a new level. I started detecting patterns and have learned so much. There are so many elements that I feel like I missed in my first book that I’m so excited to integrate.

Worldbuilding Basics – Fantasy Creatures

Whether you’re a reader, writer, or both, if you do anything in the realm of fantasy, you’re likely a big fan of the creatures that come along with the genre. For me, it’s one of the biggest draws. As I’ve been continuing forward in my series, I’ve taken a closer look at the creatures found…

A Son Rises – Book Review

A Son Rises (Dreaded King #1) By Catherine Gruben Smith Young Adult Christian Fantasy   Overview Dreaded King: A Son Rises has all of the elements of a perfect fantasy: dragons, some unique fantastical beasts, and a creative world setting with its own regions and cultures and people groups. While few can contest with Tolkien’s…