Nile Whitman thought he had withstood the test of Time, but when he discovers an ancient artifact known as Enaya, his life will change forever.
Enaya, a powerful and magical stone, alters time by bringing a futuristic city into Nile’s time period. The leader of this city, Norcross Kenneth, falls in love with Nile’s world and the magic within it, and he will stop at nothing until both their worlds are united. After Nile’s kingdom is destroyed by this new unknown force, he sets out on an adventure to send the future back into their dimension.
It’s not just this new threat that opposes Nile; the Lucian Empire has risen, and the Snake Queen wants Nile all to herself. When Nile forms a resistance with an unlikely band of heroes, he is forced to come to terms with his past and with the decisions that will affect his future.
Nile will have to embrace who he is if he is going to protect the people he loves, and in doing so, he will have to depend on Enaya, the element of time.
Fantasy world building is an exciting part of fantasy novels. It allows people to create the world as they see fit. I start with the ground up. What is my world? I establish it’s a fantasy realm with ten kingdoms, or is it a land sanctioned off by a nuclear war. With that, I decided about towns, kingdoms, villages, cities and etc. This becomes very important as I have an understanding in the world I’m writing about. I then decided to focus on races or species. I know that I want elves and dwarves because they are usually in all fantasy books, but what about something new? What about cat-like people with cat ears or a reptilian race that only come out at every blood moon. Once I decided where my species come from and what they are, I start mapping them down. I then build lakes and rivers and decide if I want a mill or if I want a cave. Once all these key places are lock down, I began to discuss who I want my characters to be and what I want to achieve through the narrative.
I think this is the part that hooks the readers in. You want a band of characters that will connect with the readers. In the first book, Nile and Leo are both humans from Nile’s world, Locklin is a pilot from the future and Ashera is a wizard while Charis is a peoriallite, a cat-like species from the east. I give each character a realistic value and struggle, but I still allow them to have their own nature about things. This keeps the fantasy separated from reality, while still connecting with the reader.
Once you establish your band of heroes, it’s time to establish the villain. If you are doing a series, don’t do the most evil villain yet, you want to save him, but make him a villain that your characters can overcome with the same amount of strengths and weaknesses. In Solace of Time, Norcross who is the primary antagonist is flawed and desires power and is easily manipulated, where Nile is flawed, desires acceptance and forgiveness and is easily manipulated. These characters play off of each other.
I think the key to world building is to create whatever you want, but keep it grounded to an extent that it could be possible. Have fun! It’s the best part of writing a fantasy.
About the Author
Justin C. Trout was born in Richlands, V.A. Justin spent a majority of his childhood writing stories. When he was in kindergarten, he shared his first “dinosaur” story with his classmates. With a passion to draw and share his stories, Justin began writing novels when he was only 12 years old. It was at this age that the Enaya series was born. He wrote a majority of the first drafts while he attended Lebanon High School. As he got older, Justin worked several odd jobs such as fast food, cashier, work study and retail. Justin decided to go back to college to obtain his degree where he could work in the mental health profession. It was in college when he decided to pursue publishing. Obtaining a master’s in education with specialization in counseling from Lindsey Wilson College, Justin is a children’s therapeutic day treatment counselor and an avid writer. He has also appeared in a number of short films and recently wrote and directed his first indie film, Fade Out. Enaya: Solace of Time is book 1 in an 8 part series.