Sunday, August 29, 2010

Why I Write Fantasy - Linda LaRoque

Amber: Why do you write fantasy?
Linda: It’s fun to write outside the box, let your imagination soar. My time travel stories allow me to visit two time periods in one story and enjoy both. It’s important to remember though, that if you’re taking your readers back in time, you must stay true to that historical period. Thankfully I enjoy research.

Amber: What are the differences between Western time travel and fantasy?
Linda: The world building of a western time travel is based on facts about the old west. In fantasy, the only guidelines concerning the created world are ones the writer places on himself/herself.

Amber: How is writing time travel different than historical fiction?
Linda: Writing time travel is very much like writing historical fiction. The destination, if in the past, must be carefully researched. Nothing takes a reader out of the story faster than false information. With stories set in the future, the writer as free reign, but should make their future world as realistic as possible.

Amber: Why do you think readers love fantasy?
Linda: I think readers love fantasy because it allows their imaginations to run wild. If you can suspend the reader’s belief, you can take them to places where you’d never be able to take them otherwise. Because it’s all make believe, it’s okay to have green people, a village of elves, sorcerers, and magic.

Amber: Would you write fantasy even if no one read it?
Linda: Probably. I imagine if I liked to read a genre, a few other people out there would too.

Linda LaRoque is a retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people. Her stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA where she serves as president, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers. 

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Fated lovers suffer the agony of loss 
only to be reunited to fulfill a greater plan.

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