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– James Hunter

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      • Just a couple. How do you decide which mythologies to use and how to plan your world building, which is second only to Butcher? How detailed are your background character Profiles? How do you design your Plots?

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      • Hey thanks for the compliment.

        Mythologies are a fun thing to look into—generally, instead of going for the bigger, more well-known mythologies, I try to dig a little into local mythologies that might tie into location specific areas that Yancy is going to be investigating in the story. So, for example, in the next book, Savage Prophet, he spends time in Haiti and later Thailand, so I introduce a Vodun Bokor (sort of a dark, voodoo sorcerer) and then later we see Naga and Garuda—creature’s that both play a big part in Asian Buddhism.

        As to characters, to be honest, I don’t really do background profiles as much as I probably should—at least not on paper. I figure out which characters are going to play an important role, and then I try to give them a personality that hasn’t been seen in one of my books before (otherwise the characters start to sound too similar to each other).

        I’m a pretty thorough outliner, which I think helps with the plotting overall. The first book I wrote, Strange Magic, which is certainly the worst of the lot, was written for fun and without first being outlined—and I think it shows. Since then, I’ve refined the plotting process, which I think gives better direction to the narrative and a more coherent and interesting story. Although I use the classic three-act structure, I vary it, by breaking each story up into three or four mini-story sections, which each have their own beginning, middle, and end. It’s easier for me to write three or four interconnected stories, then to write one big story.

        So, for example, in Wendigo Rising: the first “story,” is Yancy’s encounter with the Bigfoot, concluding with the Wendigo battle. The second “story” is Yancy’s investigation at the Mill, concluding with the fight against the Brood Queen. The third is Yancy’s trip to see the Sirens and Arwan, while the fourth and final section, is the resolution of the storyline, where Yancy thrashes the Wendigo in the Brainscape.

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      • Your use of mythologies is deft and very varied, reminds me of the tv show Supernatural. Already pre-ordered the next Yancy btw.

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