by Jeffrey Stagg
When it comes to Urban Fantasy, my job as the author is to create a world within the real world. Meaning, I get to create a whole new world that could possibly exist within the reality of our everyday lives. In A Campfire Nightmare, my location of the summer camp is on a real lake in north-western Montana. Even if you’ve never been to Flathead Lake, you can easily look up pictures or Google it and see what kind of forest lines the shore or how clear water really is, that’s where my real world overlay exists. But, now that I have used the real world and real location, it’s time actually start putting in the fantasy.
In basically any Urban Fantasy novel, the fantasy is hush hush. What I mean by that is that the fantasy world, your characters, the other societies, your entire creation doesn’t want the outside world to know about them. The guardians of the camp in my book don’t want to alarm students to the presence of what lurks in the dark when night falls. They keep the secret of the fantasy away from the general public. The fantasy is hidden away from the “normal” world. This can be challenging because, as I write, I want big explosions, horrific attacks or people to stare as my characters do amazing feats, but that shatters the illusion of the outside world not knowing about the fantasy world. So, if I want a big fight, I need to remove all the “normal” people from the area before the fights or key moments. You have to keep the secret going until you want to really make the world go nuts, because once you let the cat out of the bag with monsters and magic, you can’t just write something like “And everyone forgot they existed”. Readers are too smart for that. They won’t believe everyone just forgot a huge gunfight with a demon in the middle of Los Angeles or some other supernatural battle or crisis.
Another, really important, factor in Urban Fantasy is technology. You’re bringing old world magic into new world, technology driven lifestyle. Everyone has a cellphone, laptop or computer. The question is, how will technology be affected by magic and vice versa? Some authors make technology break when someone is using magic, while others make it possible for both to exist without any issues. It’s hard to decide which would prevail in Urban Fantasy.
I want to, once more, thank Hart’s Romance Pulse for this opportunity to discuss Urban Fantasy. There are so many factors that can make Urban Fantasy writing challenging, but they also open new ways to think about how you see the world around you. Just remember, Urban Fantasy is the combining of the real world with the fantastic.
Born to a podiatrist from Utah and a rancher's daughter from Montana. Stagg was able travel throughout his childhood finding solace and inspiration in the wild.
His interest in nature has made Stagg realize that the melding of natural world with magic was where he could excel. To keep ideas alive, Stagg is an avid nature photographer, imagining book scenes wherever he travels.
While attending Weber State University, Stagg was able to work as an artisan cheese maker for the award winning Beehive Cheese Co. in Ogden, Utah. It was there that the details of A Campfire Nightmare came together. During the 5 years he was employed at Beehive, Stagg has created story lines for many series he is in the process of writing.
Now, Stagg works as an educator and works with students in reading and writing. Encouraging those around him to spend more time in books.
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Jeffrey's Newest Release: A Campfire Nightmare
Jimmy Downs is thrilled to be attending CAMP—or he would be, if he weren’t being bullied by campers who seem to think wealth can buy talent. Jimmy doesn’t have money, but he can drum like no one else. As for the bullies, at least his best friend, Michael Munday, is with him. The two have had each other’s backs all of their lives.
But bullies are about to become the least of Jimmy’s worries. Dark, hulking figures begin surrounding the woods around camp…figures that bear more than a passing resemblance to Rox’s campfire stories.
Jimmy and Michael are about to become players in a very old war—assuming they survive.
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