Gail sat down with Janet, CEO of World Anvil, to answer some big questions. Starting with why she started writing LGBT fiction, Gail had tips on how to engage your readers. She also delved into her worldbuilding process, and how she makes her characters diverse and relatable.
You can watch the whole interview below!
Finally, they got to chat about what she will be doing next – with some exciting hints at a non-fiction project. Plus her next Parasol Protectorate novel, Reticence.
Gail answers bonus questions
Have you had the chance to watch/read Japanese Steampunk like “Steamboy”? what is your opinion on the way that the Japanese culture embraced Steampunk?
I’ve seen Steamboy, which I found a little boring, and Howl’s Moving Castle, which was fantastic (and I also love the original book) but I am not a dedicated fan of Japanese pop culture like many I know, so I can’t comment from a place of education.
How much do you draw from folklore/mythology vs invent new takes on things like vampires?
A lot but I try to look at the blood sucking/flashing eating and shape changing mythology of the place that the characters are from and visiting. Since it is different in different parts of the world. That’s part of the fun.
Using Gail’s advice: Start worldbuilding!
Need more inspiration? Check out when we interviewed Sarah Painter, author of The Lost Girls, about how she uses family in her worldbuilding.
After you’ve listened to some of Gail’s great tips, World Anvil’s worldbuilding templates should help you get your new ideas down! And start worldbuilding using her advice.