World building is the key to storytelling. I believe it is one of my greatest strengths as a writer. I’m constantly trying to hone my ability to project visual imagery on mental landscapes. I’ve always loved and have been fascinated by storytelling. I’m a huge movie fan and I appreciate the ability of the director to set the tone of the story from the outset. Movies that draw people in from the beginning really appeal to me. That’s why I started out Protostar the way I did (you’ll see next year). The Windgate is more character driven, especially since it is written from the first person. So it was important to build from the start with Ziv’s characters and his lack of self-esteem. But as I continue to watch movies over the years, something changed within me. I found myself being drawn to tales that had an epic feel to them. The stories that offered something more than just action or suspense, and created vibrant, real characters were the ones that appreciated the most. I would look at movies in a whole new perspective and say, it was good, but if it did this or that it would have been awesome. When I began to write, I really wanted to construct an imaginative playground where I would finally have the opportunity to incorporate all these great ideas.
But more than that, I really want to inspire other people out there to pray for guidance on what their calling is so that they can have a clear vision of what God has in store. I am a stunning testimony of what can happen when you quiet your mind and listen to that little voice in your head.
Another aspect of writing that I feel is vital to capturing an audience is pacing. I love pacing. Along with big finishes. I want to deliver a story that has good pacing, allowing the reader to get a “jolt” of action here and there that moves the story forward, and then slow it down so that there are opportunities for character development. I hate to give everything all at once. I fear that readers will have a let-down and lose interest if the story moves too fast or slow. I’m a huge fan of “Big Finishes” that are over the top and climatic, with a cinematic feel to them. I want the reader or audience (movie plug) to remember the story. It was imperative to me that The Windgate has all these elements. I had the ending completed in my head mid-way through writing the book. Once these elements were implemented, creating the environments and the world around the characters was easy.