I was recently asked what inspired me to write a series set completely in a Fantasy world, when so much of what I do usually takes place in the “real” world (whether present or future). I figured you all might be interested in my answer to this question, too. So, let me tell you a story (*grins* Can’t help it… I’m an author!)…
Legends of Tirum, you may be surprised to learn, isn’t my first foray into the world of Fantasy. Most of the time, however, I deal in parallel dimensions to our own Earth, when doing my Fantasy work. I’m not entirely sure why, myself. Maybe it’s because I’m truly fascinated by the concept of “What If…”. I love exploring the possibilities of where our own world could be, or could have been at some point in the past, if things had gone differently (whether minor alterations, or complete world-changers). I guess that makes most of my Fantasy actually more of a form of Speculative Fiction.
Legends of Tirum is a completely different animal. I actually created not just another world, but another whole solar system, unique constellations, and a completely independent growth, world-wise. My reason for doing this was to create something so far outside of my “norm” as to be truly unique among my work. I strive for that, in every series. Some unique facet, whether a small spark of difference among the contemporarily-set paranormals (for example, there are many such differences between the military-oriented Project Prometheus, which deals solely in parapsychological phenomena, and the mystery/suspense heavy Guardians, Inc., in which paranormal creatures – known as Paras – are a real and involved part of our society), or major leaps of difference, such as seen between the technologically-stagnant Underground and the hyper-technological Section Psi.
Legends of Tirum takes it to an all-new level for me, stripping away the technology (or most of it… but I won’t spoil the surprise! ;)…) and replacing it with a nod to the classic Sword-and-Sorcery storyline – with a twist. After all, it’s not often when the main character is BOTH the sword-toting warrior AND the “sorceress” with an entire arsenal of deadly magical spells at her disposal. I gave all of my characters unique qualities that set them apart from both each other and from every other character I’ve ever written about.
So, if you’re looking for something Fantasy, with a twist or two of Romance thrown in for good measure (and because, without it, my main character would probably be an irritating hard-ass…lol), you can find out more about this series on my website, at http://www.esthermitchell.com/LegendsofTirum.html