12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
In most of my work, I use contemporary time. Therefore the world is already built for me. In my other stories, I think the best world building I’ve done is Uiquar, the planet that is host to my Illuminator Trilogy. I feel my second best world building is the world of The Unknown Dragon as I feel I’ve built a lot of world with just a few words. As I’ve said before, I’m not a long-winded writer. I like shorter works, so for me to have written as much as I have with these stories, it blows my mind away. Worldbuilding is necessary for fantasy and sci-fi as a writer must create the illusion of permanence and reality that may not be there.
A side note that I’d like to share that may be of interest is that I often build minute details that may only get brief mention in my stories, yet these small details can be very significant. For example, I have students in The Vale of Secrets, and they must have some structure, so I created a curriculum to help me see what they do for classes. It’s not perfect and will most likely change, but it is there nonetheless, even though it isn’t mentioned at all in the book.