We are so excited to have Lena Coakley here with us today for an amazing tour stop as part of Kismet Book Tourig's site. Lena is talking with us about the world of Witchlanders (which is amazing, by the way) and there are two chances to win prizes below. Enjoy!
I love to get lost in a book’s world. Some of my all-time favourite novels, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley and Feed by MT Anderson, I love for their richly detailed worlds. When I started to write Witchlanders, I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time on the worldbuilding. One thing those novelists I mentioned don’t forget, though, is that worldbuilding is always related to character. As dazzling as McAuley’s or Nix’s worlds are, they exist to put pressure on people, on the characters of the book—so when I wrote Witchlanders, I tried to remember that that the Witchlands aren’t just a backdrop for Ryder’s life like a stage set, they’re part of what has made him who he is, just as my own world and culture has made me who I am.
In Witchlanders, I was really interested in creating a matriarchal society, the witches’ coven, and seeing it from the point of view of a boy trying to figure out how to be a man. Many people creating a goddess-worshipping matriarchy might have created an idealized society, but I knew I wanted the covens to have as many flaws and dark secrets as the patriarchal society of their enemies, the Baens across the border.
One of my favourite things about writing Witchlanders was creating the backstory for these two cultures—the rituals, the history, the languages. I wanted both the Witchlander and the Baen societies to be equally beautiful and equally flawed. And I wanted to create a main character, Ryder, who is unable to really see his own culture—both its beauties and its flaws—until he comes up against its opposite: Falpian’s culture, the Baen culture.
Many people have been writing me lately about how much they love Falpian, which surprises me because he really has some abhorrent opinions! He has two sisters he adores and yet he literally does not believe that women have souls. But something really wonderful happens when you meet someone from another place: you begin to examine all the assumptions of your own culture. Ryder and Falpian get an opportunity to do that in this book and it changes them both.
Answer the video question by leaving us a comment on this post and then you are entered in the Kindle3 Giveaway. Please be sure you leave away for us to contact you! Gather up to 15 entries by commenting on each Tour Stop (full list below). Open US/Canda Only.
Be sure to stop by Rayment's Reading Rants and Rambles for a chance to win a copy of Witchlanders. All rules for that giveaway will be posted there. Good luck!
All Tour Stops:
Monday August, 22nd -The Page Turners
Tuesday,August, 23rd- The Unread Reader
Wednesday,August, 24th - Books Complete Me
Thursday,August, 25th - We Fancy Books
Friday,August, 26th - Read Breath Relax
Monday, August, 29th - Emilie’s Book World
Tuesday, August, 30th - The Mundie Mom’s
Wednesday, August, 31st - Enchanted Ink
Thursday, September 1st- Well Read Wife
Friday,September 2nd - A Journey of Books
Monday, September 5th- The Story Siren
Tuesday, September 6th - One A Day Y.A.
Wednesday, September 7th - Reading Angel
Thursday, September 8th - Soul Unsung
Friday, September 9th - Alice Marvel’s Lena's Site!