When I started writing for Thear, long before I began crowdfunding, I was writing a very different story, which is something I'm sure I've mentioned before. Originally this was a story about three races who had found themselves in a position where there was a much higher population of men compared to women and they realised that Earth had the opposite problem, so, after some very long and arduous conversations with the governments of the world, the decision was made that the Thearans could take with them one hundred women a year. Most of them came from the UK and America, as the Thearans thought it made more sense for them to take white people rather than black, due to their own colouring - which was blue, green, and red, as well as various mixes of these colours, although this was rarer. Purple and turquoise are the most likely combination colours, as the Uisdro (blue) traded with both the Tein-Igni (red) and Dorma (green), but the Dorma and Tein-Igni were much more likely to work through the Uisdro than they were to work with each other.
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This story was written when North Square was a very different place – instead of being inhabited by a group of people, including Genevieve and her family, it was only inhabited by the last High Priestess of Hecate Genevieve, who was nearing the last days of her life. Aisling did her best to make North Square habitable alone, because she didn’t feel comfortable opening up to anyone but her family.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from K. A. Jones Writing.
The last thing Bree ever expected to receive was a message from Trey asking her to visit him at the Residence. It had been years since they had last seen each other, before he had started training to become a priest. Now he was the High Priest of Herne while she was well on her way to becoming the best translator the Dorma had, which wasn’t all that difficult as there were very few Dorma translators. Most of her people preferred working outdoors but she loved working with books so it had been natural for her to fall into translating, even though it meant she had to spend almost all of her time inside.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.
It didn’t take long for the news to spread. The Residence had burnt down and as far as anyone knew everyone within the building at the time had died, including Aisling, the High Priestess of Persephone. Maeve had done everything she could to seem sad when she heard the news, not wanting anyone to suspect her, but once she was along she started preparing for her next move. Having Aisling’s warning meant Maeve was entirely packed and all she needed to do was wait for the others to join her. She was just glad they’d chosen somewhere that was outside town, because hearing that the Residence really was gone, that Aisling had once again been right, was more than a little terrifying. What else was she going to be right about?
The High Priestess of Persephone had been Maeve’s friend at the Training Temple, because she was also a true Priestess. It had been hard to be one of the few who really heard the voice of a deity, until she met Aisling and realised how easy it was for her, because she wasn’t connected to the Goddess of Prophecy. Knowing what the future was going to bring was something Maeve would have wished on her worst enemy. At the same time she was grateful she was friends with someone who did know what was going to happen. Thear was changing and everyone was a little unsure about what was coming.
Maeve knew a little and that little was enough to make her realise she didn’t want to be around for them. Her country was going to end up going to war for something that seemed utterly pointless to her, because she knew the deities existed and they wanted Thear to stay whole. Unfortunately those speaking for the deities weren’t true Priests or Priestess, so they were following their own hearts instead of the hearts of the deities, which would lead to, according to Aisling, a time of strife followed by a time of separation. Those who knew were already beginning the separation in order to save the lives of the true Priests and Priestesses, as well as the mixed bloods.
Sighing, Maeve did her best to look as though she was just waiting for her friends so they could go shopping. It was something they did often enough for it not to seem strange, even though she had just ‘lost’ a friend. Aisling was already in North Square, safe from the people who wanted to kill her, and that was where they’d be heading. Eventually. That was the problem with being early, but Maeve hadn’t been able to sit around any longer. Not when she knew there might be people out searching for her too.
“Hey, Maeve,” a recognisable male voice called from behind and she turned to look at her brother with a sense of relief. “How are you doing?”
“I don’t know,” she replied, honestly, even though she wasn’t answering the question that anyone else believed she was. “It’s been a strange day.”
Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.
When Trey woke, if it could be called waking, he found himself in a place he never truly believed existed. Slowly he looked around, wondering if he was dreaming because he’d been studying the books about the deities for three days straight. His father wanted him to be authentic when he became the High Priest of Herne, even though neither of them actually believed in Herne or any of the other deities, but as he’d found himself there he couldn’t help thinking that they’d been wrong. They’d jumped to conclusions because it had been so long since there had been a true Priest or High Priest of Herne.
“I’m sorry to disappoint you,” a female voice said, as a large black cat slipped into the clearing he’d found himself in. “Herne won’t be visiting you tonight, Trey.”
At first all Trey could do was stare. “Bast?” he asked, disbelief filling his voice.
“At your service,” she replied, as she became a Tein-Igni female wearing a long black dress. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, finally.”
“Why am I here?”
Bast smiled. “You’re my Priest. Persephone told me you were a good choice, but I already knew that.”
Trey shook his head. “I can’t be. I’m Dorma.”
“Your race isn’t important.” Bast stepped forward and placed her warm hand over Trey’s heart. “It’s what’s in here that I’m interested in and you have a good heart.”
“I don’t understand.”
“It’s okay. You don’t have to understand everything straight away, but in time all will become clear.” She lifted her hand and brushed some strands of hair off his face. “I’ve wanted to bring you here for a long time, Trey. Unfortunately time is not our friend and we’ve been working hard to make certain everything we need is ready for the future.”
“The deities have been working together?”
“We always work together.” Bast bit her lip. “Everything you’ve been taught about us is wrong and…” She sighed. “There was a High Priest of Herne who wanted Thear to work the way he thought it should, instead of the way it did. He did everything he could to erase us from Thearan history, but the problem with deities is that we don’t go anywhere without a fight.”
“I’ve heard of him. My father thinks he was a great man and wants to follow in his footsteps.”
“That is something I already knew. Persephone has been watching your father for a long time and that’s why we’ve been so busy recently. Everything is happening faster than we thought it would, because of him.”
“So if my father is the source of your problems why have you chosen me to be your Priest, Bast?”
“He may be your father, but you aren’t him. The two of you are very different people, chosen to walk opposite paths, if you listen to what I’m going to tell you tonight about Thear, about the deities, and about the place you may have in the future.” Bast gently touched his face again. “Or you could chose to block me out, the same way so many people have, and follow in your father’s footsteps.”
Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.
It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m K. A. Webb, a crowdfunded writer with a love of creating fantasy worlds, and this is the place to start if you’re new to my work. Here I’ll introduce you to all of my collections, my way of crowdfunding (because all crowdfunders work a little differently), and hopefully make things much easier for you than they would be if I hadn’t written this post.
Currently I write fiction for fourteen different collections. Some I write more for than others, because they’re favourites with certain readers, but it’s easy to get me to write more for your favourite collections. I have regular prompt sessions, as well as a prompt page for prompts outside of sessions; you can sponsor a collection so I’ll post more fiction; you can rent a setting, adopt a character, or create your own ebook, and have fiction emailed to you. The majority of them are fantasy, because I enjoy world building, but my main focus is always the characters I’m writing. That’s a part of the reason I enjoy writing AUs and crossovers.
Most of my collections have been a work in progress for nearly a decade now. There was a time, before I started crowdfunding, when I thought my work wasn’t good enough. It’s possible I still would now if I didn’t have readers who tell me that they enjoy what they’re reading, but I started crowdfunding without knowing if I would succeed or fail, and that was terrifying. I have no idea now how I convinced myself – I’m just thankful I did. People do read my work, although I have no idea how many, and I’m glad I took the plunge.
The oldest collection I write fiction for is the Donor House collection. I started writing the first story for this collection when I was still at school, in a way that could almost be seen as writing serial fiction, because I used to write a bit each night and then my friends used to read it the next day. That was when I realised how much I enjoyed having an audience. Now my focus is the Donor House, which is set locally to me, although I do also write for the world outside the house too. In time I want to begin writing for the two other houses that are in the UK and I would love to have a couple of houses in other countries. At the moment I’m writing fiction from all over the timeline, including from before the house was created, and my aim for this collection in the next year is to introduce all the main characters in the first Donor House that would be there in 2008.
As with all of my collections the Donor House has changed a lot since I first started writing for it. When I first started writing the stories I had this image of a house that had been in use for centuries, but it turned out that I started writing right at the beginning of the timeline. I would love to write about the House in the future, and the vampires I’ve slowly been introducing, because I started this collection to explore the different ways the vampires deal with being what they are. The House itself was started as somewhere vampires who were having trouble being vampires could hopefully find a home, as well as somewhere vampires could begin integrating with humans. Writing about the characters in the House is something I really enjoy and as it’s also a favourite with others I guess I’m not the only one who enjoys this collection.
If you’re new to this collection I suggest you start here.
My next oldest collection, and the one that has changed dramatically since it was first thought up, is the Thear collection. Originally it started as a story about a number of girls who were sent to the planet Thear because there weren’t enough females there for all the males. There were arranged marriages and it was all very different to the collection it’s become, although I am also posting some AUs that show where I began with Thear. Now it’s about the three races who live on Thear – the Dorma, the Uisdro and the Tein-Igni. One thing I plan on doing relatively soon is going back to the beginning of the story and finding out why these three races ended up living together on the same island. I know at one point they got on well, working together to make a home for themselves, but things changed and that’s something else I want to explore.
Thear is easily my most religious world. Everyone here believes in at least one of the deities of Thear, although there are problems here caused by their religion, which is one of the things I’m exploring. As Thearan deities were also once worshipped on Earth this collection has a very close link with the Deities’ World collection.
Strangely the Deities’ World collection is one of my newer collections. I started working on it because Callidora, the daughter of Hades and Persephone, wanted me to start writing about her. The collection has grown as more deities have started pushing me to tell their stories, including Lucifer. I plan on writing about all of the Thearean deities, continuing to write about Callie, exploring the world a little more, and it seems likely I’ll end up writing about Archimedes (Callie’s older brother).
It’s also possible that the Deities’ World collection may start connecting with the Pagan collection. Paganism has always been something I wanted to write about, because I’m a pagan (although I’ll admit that I’m not a very good one), so I’ve been working on fiction for this collection for a long time. Anna, one of the main characters, has changed a lot during that time, and she’s now a girl with amnesia trying to work out where she fits in now that she can’t remember her family or old friends. She is one of the characters I want to throw into as many situations as possible to see how she reacts.
One of the things I love doing is writing characters with magic and seeing how it affects them. Three collections I’m writing fiction for have different magical systems: the Aurora’s World collection; the Heliopath’s World collection; and the Brotherhood collection. (I’m planning on changing the names of Aurora’s World and Heliopath’s World, because they were working names created using characters I was focusing on in the collections.)
The Brotherhood Collection is another one I’ve been working on for almost a decade. Originally it started out as a werewolf story, then it become about two different groups with magic fighting each other, and now I’m using a mix of both ideas, along with the Millennium Bug. The basic storyline is that children born after the year 2000 can have magical abilities and the Brotherhood want to collect them. Shapeshifting is one of the first abilities to maifest, which often has an adverse affect on the children with that power. Later on there are two distinct groups – the Brotherhood and Unity – who aim to teach the children how to use their abilities, but go about it in entirely different ways.
The Aurora’s World collection is relatively new. I started it because I wanted to write about magic being illegal and it ended up becoming the home of one of my most involved magical systems, where the magic a character has is related to when they were born. Every power they have, how it manifests, and when are all affected by the exact moment of birth. I’ve been working on it slowly, because making it’s not a simple way of doing things, but it is fun. Recently I’ve started exploring the other kingdoms and this has led to the introduction of the magic thieves. They steal power from those who don’t know how to use it, some collect magical powers, and their hideout was created using magic. Learning about them has been really interesting, so they’re definitely something I plan on exploring further.
The Heliopath’s World collection is also relatively new, but has gone through a lot of changes during that time. Originally it was a dream world, where characters lived two separate lives on in two places and the story I wrote was about what happens when those two lives collide. Now it’s become about addictive magic, which is something I’m still working on, but every spell a character uses leaves them with some form of withdrawal symptom and the harshness of that symptom depends on the strength of the magic. The other thing I’m exploring is about what happens when a group of magicians all live in one town and forget about what is happening in the world around them.
A group of collections that are connected are the Fae World collection, the ‘Astral’ World collection, and the World Walkers collection. I’m still trying to work out if I should integrate the ‘Astral’ World stories into the Fae World collection, because I’m pretty certain that both the worlds were created when the fae were experimenting.
The Fae World collection is actually set in a number of different worlds, including Earth, due to the destruction of the fae’s home world. An overuse of the world’s magic led to the problem, because the fae had no way of returning the magic they used to the world’s core and didn’t want to stop using magic. Stories follow what happened to the griffins, a natural race whose home was the world the fae destroyed; the Dragons, a race created by the fae; the Shifters, who split between going with the Dragons and the fae; the merpeople, who went with the fae; and the twinned worlds, where Lena lives.
The ‘Astral’ World collection is about two different groups of people: the magicians, who have magic and live on Kalinia; and the thieves, who don’t have magic, want it, and spend the majority of their time trying to get it. but can only travel to Kalinia for short periods of time. I’m not certain I started with the right characters or in the right place in the timeline, but I do plan on exploring the creation of the thieves, how the magicians ended up on Kalinia, and exactly what the magic can do.
The World Walkers collection is about another group of the fae, the Thirteen Families, who buried their heads in the sand before realising they had no choice but to flee their home world. In order to stop the same thing from happening to their new world, Athare, they chose to create a web of worlds in the hope they can collect magic using that web. Currently I’m exploring a number of worlds, getting to know some of the races the fae created, and learning about all the different magics the races were given. No one really knows what’s going to happen in the future, especially not the fae, and the name of this collection comes from one of the most unexpected things to happen – the evolution of the World Walkers. The fae aimed to be in control of everything, but magic often makes decisions for them.
New to these collections? Start here with the World Walkers collection; here with the ‘Astral’ World collection; travel to the twinned worlds; meet the griffins; meet the merpeople; meet the Dragons; or meet the fae.
The Afterlife collection is one of my newer collections and I was originally planning on focusing on Caitlyn’s studies as she learnt to be a spirit guide. Instead Richard, who was originally a minor character, ended up becoming Death and taking over. I started working on this not long after someone close to me died, because it does help to write about the afterlife, and I’m glad I did. Somehow it’s become another reader favourite, so I often get prompts for this collection, and I plan on working on a lot more bonus material, as I’m writing about my view of the afterlife.
If you’re new to this collection start here.
The Magi collection is an older one and another that went through a number of changes. Thomar is the character who’s changed the most, because in his first incarnation he was not a nice person, but slowly he seems to have become one of my favourite characters and one I want to write about more. With this collection I seem to be beginning in the middle of the storyline once again, between when the Magi were kept as slaves by the Carne (Thomar is one of the Carne) and when they slowly begin to rebuild their relationship. The Magi are healers and known around the world for their abilities, but due to their past they refuse to help the Carne, until one Magi girl puts aside her feelings and does what she thinks should be done.
I plan on exploring the history of this world a lot more than I have done, especially the history of the Magi, as well as the other races and the magics of the world. This is one that doesn’t see to have become a favourite, although I love it, so it’s been on the backburner a little while I work on other things.
Start here with this collection.
My final two collections are both set on Earth, but they are alternate universe Earths. One is Kim’s Earth, where a population surge changed the world, and the other is a world where there is still an Inquisition.
Kim’s Earth is one that I want to work on more than I have. The idea is one I’ve had for a while – a man-made apocolypse, where the majority of people remaining are under sixteen. My apocolypse was an injection, created to stop Earth’s population from increasing for five years, that ended up killing everyone that had it. Of course there are conspiracy theories about whether the drug was tested well enough before the injection and some people take them seriously, including Kim’s father. She is one of the few people over the age of sixteen alive and ends up taking on the job of looking after a group of children, because they all look up to her. I plan on exploring this world a lot more, as there are other groups that I want to write about and I want to write about the future that they all have.
The Inquisition collection has a very basic premise – the Inquisition never ended. What would life be like if there was still an Inquisition, although this Inquisition is a little different. As I haven’t worked on this collection as much I’m not certain on some of the details, but it’s one I want to make more time for this year.
I also write AUs and crossovers, because I love exploring different decisions my characters could have made, how they might have lived if they’d been born on a different world, what their story might have been if they were a different gender. If you’re interested in seeing more of any of these remember the prompts page, you can use the write more button that I have on the bottom of all my posts (every click equals 500 words), or you can commission me to write the story you’re craving.
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Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.
Night was always Bree’s favourite time to go walking, because there was no one around. She loved her village, and the people within it, but she had always preferred spending time alone, which was probably why she’d ended up a translator instead of working in the fields like a normal Dorma girl. Walking in the night wasn’t normal either, so she kept it to herself, knowing that her father would attempt to stop her from doing it again. Smiling to herself she looked up at the sky. The stars were bright and beautiful, the moon was waning, and she felt wonderfully calm, as though she could have floated on air.
A movement in the woods caught her attention. Bree had never seen anyone else during her walks, but she wasn’t scared. Her curiosity was another reason she’d become a translator and she found herself walking in the direction of the movement, wanting to know what it was, even though she knew she probably shouldn’t. It could have been an animal, she did see plenty of them during her walks, but she couldn’t help thinking it had been too big to be an animal, so it could only have been another person out walking.
“Hello,” she called, quietly, her voice travelling further in the dark than she expected it to.
Silence followed. All Bree could do was wait and see if they were going to show themselves. There were stories of half bloods who travelled around Thear, keeping away from anyone who might harm them, but she’d never seen one before. Half bloods sometimes seemed to be nothing more than a myth, even though she’d read about them in some of the books she translated. Finally, shaking her head, she decided to continue with her walk, because it seemed like whoever it was had disappeared.
“Are you Bree?” a male voice asked from behind her.
“Yes,” she replied, turning to look at him.
It was too dark to see anything much of him and Bree was certain he couldn’t see much of her either. The one thing she noticed, because it fluttered slightly in a breeze, was the long cloak he was wearing. Something told her that she was going to have be patient with him, so she waited for him to speak, even though she wanted question him, beginning with finding out how he knew her name.
“I’m Quinn,” he said. He sighed. “I’m your half brother.”
“Father’s never mentioned you before.”
“That’s not a surprise. My mother is Tein-Igni.”
Bree found herself lost for words. “Really?” she said, after what felt like hours, unable to believe what he was saying and yet feeling the truth of his words at the same time.
“I never planned on talking to you. I just wanted to see you, because I always wanted to have a sister, but…” He shook his head. “I should go. Why would someone like you want to talk to me?”
“Don’t.” Bree took a couple of steps towards him, before realising that might spook him. “I…” She smiled. “I believe you and I want to get to know you.”
Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.