Building a Paranormal World by L. Penelope (AOTM #5 Sunday Feature)

Sunday, March 13, 2016


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"Author of the Month" is a feature that I created to honour some of my favourite authors by featuring their works for an entire month!

This feature will:
  • Run for entire month. 
  • On every Sunday of the month (excluding the first week where I will have a blog post introducing and interviewing the author), there will be a blog post dedicated to the author. The content of the blog post is entirely up to the author's choice. 
  • The "Author of the Month" button will be displayed in my blog's sidebar during the entire duration. 
  • If you have any questions to ask the author(s), you can leave a comment below the blog post or privately message me at natshane94aa@gmail.com

For the entire month of March, I am proud to feature author L.Penelope.


Leslye Penelope believes love is magic and likes her romance with a healthy dose of imagination. She's been writing since she could hold a pen and is the author of new adult, fantasy and paranormal romance with multicultural characters.

After living on both coasts, she settled in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents: an eighty pound lap dog and an aspiring feral cat. Sign up for new release information and monthly giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.

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I love paranormal and fantasy novels because they always take you to a new world, or a hidden part of our own world. When I first got the idea for Angelborn, I knew that it needed to take place in modern times. I wanted to create an urban environment populated with angels and ghosts. But I also needed other realms for the supernatural creatures. Most of the story would not take place there, but I had to flesh them out and make them feel real.

A big part of creating a story world includes asking question over and over again. Why do ghosts exist? Why do angels exist? Where do they come from? Why? What do they want? How do they interact? What do they think about humans? There have to be reasons, even if you never delve that deep into them inside the book. 
Readers will be able to feel the richness of the place an author creates. Particularly if it’s laced with clear details, not necessarily lengthy explanations. In Angelborn, you get a glimpse of Euphoria, the angel city, and of the life there that Caleb wanted to leave. I needed to know why the city is there? Who built it? What is angel society like there? What are their biases and prejudices? And tons more questions. Even though those answer aren’t a part of this story, they inform the actions and motives of the characters. 

Where we come from says a lot about us. There’s an old saying that you have to know where you come from to know where you’re going. Class, race, family size, background—these things color our personalities and world views. I think the same holds true for paranormal beings as well. Worldbuilding is really about character development and giving them strong foundations to help clarify the actions they take.

There’s so much more to explore in the various story worlds I’ve created. Both for readers and for myself. I still discover new things with every story I write, so hopefully it stays fresh!





Maia 

It's hard to be normal when you see the dead everywhere. So I gave up. I just focus on staying out of their way. But the guy haunting my roommate is different. He’s impossible to ignore, and now other people can see him too.

He says my roommate is the only one who can save him from an eternity of torment. But one night he follows me into my nightmare and rescues me from my demons. Now he’s all I think about. This must be what it's like to fall... for someone who can never be mine.

Caleb 

A lifetime ago, I found my soul mate in the human world. But being angelborn means I don't have a soul. When I lost my one true love, I lost my future and my freedom. Now, I have a second chance — she's been reborn and I must gain her love again or serve out the rest of my eternal sentence alone.

But this time I am a fugitive with powerful angels hunting me, and I'm running out of time. You only get one soul mate, and mine isn't the broken, scarred girl, who sees what no one else can. She's a distraction I can scarcely afford — but I'm unable to stay away from her.

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2 comments

  1. World building is my favorite part of this kind of book. I loved reading L. Penelope't thoughts about building a world. Great post!

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    1. Thank you!! I think world building is the most challenging part other than character development, because it is a setting that allows readers to immerse themselves in.

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