I am very pleased about this opportunity to host Claire Banschbach as part of the blog tour for Adela's Curse! Thank you so much for guest posting on my blog!
About the Book
A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice.
A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?
Why Write Fantasy?
Why write fantasy? You can write stories of love and loss, adventure and glory, in any setting or time period in our world. So why go somewhere completely different?
We’re so used to seeing “ordinary” things all around us, that we are drawn to the fantastical. As a writer, fantasy lends a unique landscape to tell stories.
You are the first to encounter the native people of each continent. Perhaps have a run-in with a magical creature of fearsome proportions.
But you might choose to write fantasy because there’s something about it that lends itself to stories of redemption, love, triumph of good over evil, and trilogies of course. You can write about any of these things in our world, but allegories and themes are easy to weave under layers of complex world building, intricate characters, and a life or death plot.
This quote by G.K. Chesterton sums up a reason to write fantasy more than anything.
“Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
This quote is speaking to the message that any story can give. I think it’s easy to convey that message in fantasy where our own values and beliefs seep onto the pages and into the lives of the characters until we see in them a mirror reflection of ourselves. If we give a wondrous setting to a story, we are likely to remember and believe.
So what about you? Why do you love fantasy?
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About the Author
Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing.