Shortly after I started working on my novel, I drew a sketch of the world that I was creating.
It was a bad one.
But it was enough to keep me oriented. So I didn’t get mixed up trying to remember which village was in the north and where the rivers flowed.
Then I learned that some fantasy authors laugh at the ideas of maps. Some even think they are silly. Or a distraction from the story that adds nothing to the reader’s enjoyment.
Well, I happen to like maps. I can stare at a map for hours, imaging the places they represent.
I love looking at them and following the hero’s journey through the world they live in. The maps make the story come alive. They also create the illusion that the world of the story actually exists.
Now that I’m getting closer to publishing, I decided to have a real artist take my sketch and make it into an actual map. Jeremy Bullard did an outstanding job (and if he laughed at my artwork, he didn’t let on).
So here’s the map of Tlefas. Within a few months, I’ll be ready to take you there, via the novel I’m calling (at least for now) Raising Fear.
PS My editor and I are brainstorming a new title. Who knew that would be such a long process! I’m up to number 112 on my list and we still haven’t decided. I’ll let you know when we finally figure it out.
What’s your opinion? Do you like maps in books, or not? Tell us about it in the comments!