I’m hard at work on my second book in this new Stud Club trilogy. At the moment, I think we’ve decided to call it TWICE TEMPTED BY A ROGUE. It’s been a mix of rough rough-drafting and research so far. I was joking on Twitter the other day that after four books, I’ve finally broken down and created a research binder, with color-coded tabs and everything. (Note: This is extremely unlike me.) I hadn’t expected to become so enthralled with the research for this book, and I’m a little worried that it’s partly procrastination…but I’ve been collecting and printing out all sorts of images and informational PDFs about the history, geology, climate, wildlife, and legends of Dartmoor.
Beautiful, isn’t it? The area has such fascinating history (going all the way back to pre-history!) and folklore. In addition to the tors–the craggy granite formations that pepper the area–Dartmoor boasts ancient stone circles and cairns (tombs), the ruins of medieval tinning operations, rivers and waterfalls, bogs and mires, and more.
“Worldbuilding” is a term most commonly associated with paranormals or sci-fi/fantasy. It refers to the author’s creation of a fictional universe with its own unique rules, creatures, places and people. In historicals, our “worldbuilding” is usually less about creating our own universe, and more about evoking a real-life historical setting. However, every book in any genre involves a certain amount of worldbuilding–where do the characters come from, for one? How do objects, people, fixtures, buildings relate to one another, spatially or otherwise? Writing is a series of these tiny worldbuilding questions.
For this book, I’ve decided to draw on all my research and create a composite–a completely fictional village and surrounding area, with geologic and archeologic features arranged to suit my story. And I’m having a great time doing it! I even went so far today as to sketch out a little map of how these things relate to one another spatially. Village here, tors there, bog here, stream there…. etc.
No, I will never post that map. Let’s just say, a cartographer I am not. But next summer, my fictional corner of Dartmoor will be open for visitors!
What sort of worldbuilding are you working on? Creating a magical realm? Mapping the floorplan of your dream house?