I am a multi genre author. I enjoy writing contemporary romance, particularly men in uniform and interracial/multicultural romance. That being said, there is something profoundly satisfying in creating complete worlds or realms, that I don’t draw the same pleasure from in the other areas I would weave.
I’d like to say I started with some grand template, but I didn’t. In fact in 2011 when Demonic Persuasion was a short novella, the world wasn’t nearly as big as today. I attribute that to plotting out my Incubus Enforcer series. In the beginning I wrestled with keeping the levels of Hell separate. However, after long thought, I decided that was crazy. I could develop, more twists, secondary plots, add in more villains as it is. Let the readers see glimpses of the different societal classes. Life lessons and issues even demons other species and their mate’s are embroiled in.
What are the driving factors of an eco system and necessities for survival in the bowels of Hell?
Azazel’s favor first and foremost. Where the Ruler ranks a demon’s value will negate the job they have in servitude, their salary, perks. Partially factored by length of service and soldier status.
What’s on the other side of the Veil?
What is on each level?
How is the sky lit in Hell or is it perpetually shrouded in obsidian ink?
Is the Lake of fire really fire without substance or is it congealed and viscous, what is underneath it?
Can Demon’s love?
Demon’s and Humans should the two mix?
What happens if so, what are the negative and positive consequences?
The Balance of Good and Evil is barely maintained. Is there a reason why all thrust in Hell are deemed evil or did a few who fell or were dragged to purgatory make bad choices in their current life? If so what would their rebirth status bring?
Do Faith, Free will, Honor, Loyalty, Integrity, Selflessness exist in Hell or is every man or woman out for him/herself?
Building a world is more than just choosing what inhabitants are on each tier. More than the basic needs. When you build you have to be a critical thinker and tie in how society is built, maintained, policed, structured and add in variables that threaten the good of the world, what happens in absolute chaos or absolute Order.
I’d love to expand more but that would be giving away too much information. I simply wanted to give you some food for thought.
About Mahalia Levey
“Being smart and sassy with a great sense of humor comes easily for Mahalia Levey. An avid reader of books, she found herself enchanted with disappearing completely into the worlds authors created. One day she vowed to herself she’d be one of them. Then family life came, and college right after. Swayed from her childhood course of action, it took many years for her to get back to that place she held dear as a child. Now she is running full steam ahead to keep up with the many ideas flowing freely. She plans on taking her work to higher levels and expanding her genres. Her main focus is giving her readers variety. Her works in progress include paranormal, fantasy and mainstream romance. Taking characters and watching them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion.”
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