I joined Konn Lavery to discuss the world of Blood of Titans, how I write in a shared world with Cameron J. Quinn, and living in a tiny house!
KL: Your website expands on the fantasy world of REFORGED, how has archiving the world-building process been?
VSH: I always have to know how things work, which makes for deep world building (and as my beta readers and editors can attest, rather chonky word counts). My brain is highly disorganized, so my external world has to be tidy, and part of that is keeping detailed maps and tables of my world. There’s incredible freedom in crafting a world from the ground up, but that can lead to entertaining and frustrating inconsistencies if we’re not careful. Luckily, readers love these behind-the-scenes glimpses, so I get to share the world with them on an even deeper level. There are several more maps to come, especially as one character strikes out into the northern ocean reaches to explore....read more
I spoke with Uncaged magazine this month (pg 60-66), sharing glimpses at my new projects, how COVID-19 has changed my lifestyle, and an excerpt of Blood and Mercy! There's also some photos of my works space and indoor garden, not to mention our dear dog, Rory, is featured on page 38!
UNCAGED: Welcome to Uncaged! Your latest book, Blood and Mercy is part of the epic fantasy series, Blood of Titans. Can you tell readers more about this series? Can each book be read as standalones?
VSH: Thanks so much for having me, this is really fun! Blood of Titans is an epic fantasy world. Each of the series within it focuses on the machinations of war between the gods and the creatures who created them. The first series follows three characters caught in the crossfire of that war and heroes who are as broken as the world they’re trying to save. In Madness and Gods and Blood and Mercy a Deaf former soldier plots rebellion while married to a queer, teenaged god. While Rih juggles life in a foriegn country and revolution, Keplan struggles with addiction, visions, and murder. He hopes the world ends, she prays it doesn’t....read more