Re-Blogged from my monthly Supernatural Underground Post
I’ve just finished a more polished version of the world Map of Amassia, the series I am currently writing. It’s out in 2018 with Entangled Teen. I’m thrilled to be writing Young Adult Fantasy for this publisher.
About the Map
Amassia is a time so far in the future that the continents have reformed into a single landmass. (It’s predicted to happen in another 250 million years.) Here’s a glimpse at my original drawing, before I learned the open source image editor, Gimp.
|My worn sketch and noted for the world of Amassia|
We humans have been making maps for thousands of years. From cave paintings to ancient Babylon, Greece, and Asia, to the 21st century, maps are used as tools to help us understand, and explain, the known world.
It’s no wonder that many fantasy authors choose to do the same, even though their worlds will only exist in their reader’s imaginations.
It all started with Tolkien. The Hobbit, and the LOTR came with a map, and it’s an unspoken expectation that authors of this genre will follow suit.But for me, the longing to look at maps of imagined worlds began before LOTR was ever published, in a little book by Ruth Stiles Gannett called, My Father’s Dragon. I loved hearing the story, and tracing the journey of on the little map.
|Mundanes’ Guide to the Shadow World|
|Wall of Night’s world of Haarth|
|The City and the City Map by Simon Rowe|
What are your view on maps in books? Do you read them? Are they spoilers, or part of the adventure? Have a favourite?