Creating Unique Elements of Fantasy by Jeffery Moore
Many folks when hearing that I’ve co-authored a book with two other writers ask about the process of group writing and the challenges the group faces along the way. Our (Me, Sherry, and Cindy) typical response is that we’ve been writing together for years now and we have a pretty good fit as critique and
editing partners. Therefore, writing a book together was a fairly natural transition. I think our ‘writing
personalities’ go well together, and what I mean by that is there’s never drama in our group. We respect
each other’s projects, suggestions, and observations. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one
of the challenges I faced with the group dynamic.
Morphing to animals is a key theme in The Experiment. Each of our characters has the ability to morph
to a different type of animal and this allows our characters to survive Senca One’s obstacles. In Fantasy,
there are two challenges doing this. The first is to create an animal not indigenous to Earth and the second is the science behind morphing. I’m a firm believer that animals on a different planet will evolve
differently than those of Earth. I chose a ‘crete’ for my character to morph to. It’s nothing even remotely
similar to an Earth animal. The challenge of course is describing the crete to the reader without having
any object association to fall back on. What I mean by that is the character Cilla morphs into a ‘felit’,
which resembles a mighty panther and Juliet morphs to a ‘crimson eagle’, which, well, is an eagle.
Being a Sci/Fi and Fantasy guy, I held my tongue about the similarities to Earth species, and I’m glad I did. I think the animals are stronger, making the story stronger not trying to create each species from scratch.The sister challenge is morphing, and we had some lively discussion on how to handle this. Again, I like to stick to what I call the science of morphing. What I mean is for me to make the morphing believable there must be a reason the siblings can morph and when they morph, the mass of the individual can’t change. Of course the reason the siblings can morph is the core of our back story. For the actual shapeshifting process I like to bring up the old Dracula movies where Dracula morphs from a 180 pound man to a 2 pound bat…really? So the animals we chose to morph to kept the same mass. If Emiah (my character) morphed into a beetle, it would mean the small beetle would weigh 140 pounds—yikes!
Again, believability factor. We kept it real with our creatures. But, then again, this is fiction.
The Experiment, a new novel from the imaginations of Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore!
BLURB: Time is running out for the Collaborative's oppressive rule of the remote world Senca One. The government attempts to suppress the escalating riots, even while seeking to further their experiments. When their parents are taken, triplets Juliet, Cilla, and Emiah Tripp set out to locate them, and soon discover they are at the center of a hunt to capture them.
Evading the Collaborative across Senca One’s harsh terrain, they’re confronted with the trials of survival. They also discover something that changes the very core of their reality: they’re morphs. Struggling to adapt to the strange new ability, they question what they really are . . . and why. Are the rumors of experiments done on children true? Did their scientist parents have anything to do with it?
Their quest brings them to the capitol city of Brighton, which is on the verge of revolt. While searching for information about their parents, the Tripps align themselves with the very people fueling the rebellion. They unwittingly spark the revolution they want no part of and discover something more dangerous than they suspected.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Moore was born in Germany. As a military brat, much of his childhood was spent abroad, growing up in Germany on military installations. He subsequently enlisted in the military and served for ten years as
an army pilot. While in the military, he lived in Italy and South Korea and deployed to many European
countries. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and most European countries. His experiences
and contact with many different cultures helps form some of the elements in his stories. He currently
works for a global IT company and lives in Massachusetts.
Find more about Jeffery and his work at www.jefferyemoore.com
Unlovable was Gammon's debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is
pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added two more
novels to her body of work. Not so Easy, book one of the Souls in Peril series, is the poignant story of
Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and a five-and-a-half inch fairy. Gammon and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping.
Find more about Sherry and her work at www.wordpaintingsunlimited.com
Cindy C Bennett
Bennett is the YA author of several books, including Geek Girl, Rapunzel Untangled, Enchanted
Fairytales, and Heart on a Chain. She lives in Utah and has six kids (two of which are daughters in-law). She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheese popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. She occasionally co-hosts a geek podcast with her son,
called Geek Revolution Radio. Her favorite pastime is riding her Harley.
Find more about Cindy and her work at www.cindycbennett.com
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