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{PUYB Blog Tour} Andi O’Connor: Why I Write Fantasy

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We have a wonderful guest here today at Literarily Speaking!  Andi O’Connor, author of the fantasy novel, The Lost Heir, is here with us to talk about writing fantasy novels.  Welcome Andi!

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Why I Write Fantasy

One question that I have been asked quite frequently is why I write fantasy. The simple answer would be to say that I enjoy it. I love the freedom I am granted with the fantasy genre. There are no restrictions to the worlds and beings I create. I can go wherever my imagination takes me. The Lost HeirDon’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that it is easy. What is fascinating about fantasy is that a completely fictitious world riddled with fanciful being and nonexistent powers can be totally believable. Accomplishing such a feat is quite challenging. Yet, when done well, the end result is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that I created a world and characters that readers care for and take an interest in is a truly wonderful feeling.
All that aside, my decision to write fantasy goes far beyond the challenges and enjoyment.

I am a firm believer that books remain the most powerful weapons in the world today. They harbor ideas, beliefs, and theories. They give us insight into what was, what is, and what can be. They bring awareness to different cultures and sensitive issues. They spark the need for change and awaken the desire for action. They open our minds and allow us to grow, both as individuals and as a society. They do all of these things, and more. But what heightens the power of books is that all of this is not limited to a specific genre.

I think that because fantasy is make-believe, it is generally not viewed as something to be taken seriously. That, however, is far from the truth. Part of what makes fantasy believable is that there are real situations and problems. We can relate to the characters and worlds because they face the same issues as we do, whether they are written directly or indirectly.
I am not one who follows the belief that ignoring difficult or uncomfortable issues will make them disappear, and I don’t shy away from including controversial topics in my writing. Through my various fantasy short stories and novels, I have covered topics such as female equality, rape, racial discrimination, the corruption of power, and the empowerment of women. People may agree or disagree with my views. That is not important. What is important is that through fantasy, I am getting them to confront different issues. That is what will allow humankind to develop and improve. It is one of the key ingredients for a healthy society, and it is why I do what I do.

There is something to be gained from every book, if only we take the time to listen.

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About the Author:

Andi O'ConnorThe Lost Heir is Andi O’Connor’s debut novel and is available in both paperback and eBook.  Her second novel, Silevethiel, is slated for release in October, 2013. She is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, the National Writers Association, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.  Andi lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and four dogs.

You can visit Andi’s website at www.andioconnor.com or socialize with her at Facebook.

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