Free Character Template for Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

I love templates and tools to help organize writing. The link below is for a nice character template for fantasy and sci-fi writers.

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It can be a little challenging, when coming up with characters for your new fantasy or science fiction book, to know where to begin. That’s why I’ve …

Free Character Template for Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

What is Fantasy?

I was listening in on a conversation the other day (six months ago) and one person made a comment that they were reading Neil Gaiman’s, Stardust. If you haven’t read, I highly suggest. If you don’t think you’ll get to it, check out the 2007 film of the same name. The other person responded, “Oh, I love science fiction too.”

That’s really what got my attention. As far as I knew Neil Gaiman wrote fantasy novels. Since then, my ears have been open and have on at least two other times heard a similar statement confusing science fiction and fantasy, or lumping the two into a single category.

So, with a little research (Thanks Masterclass.com blog) I was able to find the sub-genre’s of fantasy novels. But, to first distinguish fantasy and science fiction from theirselves entirely I will first list the 14 genres of literature.

  • Literary Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • Western
  • Bilsdugsroman
  • Speculative fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Dystopian
  • Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Realist Literature

While some of geners above can be sub-genres of another such as Magical Realism and Fantasy, these genres are also unto themselves, Fantasy and Science fiction being seperate.

The fantasy genre is not a result of reality or scientific fact. Fantasy is a genre with hundreds of sub-genres. And since fantasy is a pure product of the imagination the list of sub-genre’s continues to grow. At it’s core fantasy novels include either magical elements or the supernatural. Science fiction may be fiction, but is focused on a fundamental of science.

Again, shouting out to Masterclass, here is a list of essential fantasy sub-genres. To read more on each one you can go to this link.

  • High or epic fantasy
  • low fantasy
  • Magical realism
  • Sword and Sorcery
  • Dark fantasy
  • Fables
  • Fairy tales
  • Superhero

The sub-genre list of fantasy is huge. I’ve come across a couple lists that have dozens of sub-genres and am pretty sure I saw a list in the hundreds in a book once.

So, the next time someone tells you fantasy and science fiction are the same, you can either be “that guy” and correct them, or gently hold your secret in your pocket like you would marbles, chewed bubble gum, and love letters you never quite had the courage to give to your secret crush.

About me

I am a fantasy writer who spends much of my daydreaming up worlds of nefarious dragons. I would love if you take the time to read my novels which you can find below. I love reviews, so please take a moment to leave a review. 

 

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Fall of the Drjeen
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Birth of the Drajeen

Dissecting Shakja: Servitude to the most powerful Drajeen

Fall of the Drjeen

When I began writing Fall of the Drjeen I had considered a single novel. However, as the stories evolved it became clear that Fall of the Drjeen was only the first book of the series. As characters come and go, one stability is that of Shakja. In servitude of the lower settlement, slaving in farm fields and raising the daken, Shakja was beautiful, strong-willed, and intelligent. However, she was also victim of her birth being born of the lowest class.

It took a blue asteroid to change all of that as hierarchy became irrelevant in her new world. Despite spending her time under the will of others, when she became second only to the queen, she exposed something most Drjeen had never seen before – humility.

The humility that Shakja displays through the first two books, Fall of the Drjeen and Rise of the Drajeen, is what makes her my favorite character. She has the natural abilities, the strength, and even the mystical powers of the Ancients, yet she uses them for good rather than evil.

While Shakja may not go down as the most powerful Drajeen to use her skills for good, she will certainly go down in history as the most beloved and first. She showed an entire race how to use their abilities for good, the arching all for one and one for all approach to a successful civilization. And that is exactly what is happening in the third book (to be released later this year), but will the success of the Drajeen last? It’s unknown, really, I have no idea.

Shakja has created a utopian society. But, is she strong enough to survive it?

You tell me!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Shakja and the Blue Star book series. I’d love to see your Amazon reviews, and like and follow if you want to see more about the planet of Jeen.

About me

I am a fantasy writer who spends much of my daydreaming up worlds of nefarious dragons. I would love if you take the time to read my novels which you can find below. I love reviews, so please take a moment to leave a review. 

 

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Fall of the Drjeen
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Birth of the Drajeen

Anne McCaffery – my inspiration

I can’t yet say I am at the level of writing as pioneer female fantasy writer Anne McCaffery, but she certainly sparked my interest in dragon lore. Anne may be best known for her Pern novels and they’ve fully gripped me. I dreamt of writing a single novel decades ago, but as I worked and my mind wouldn’t release me from my interest, I found that a single novel is now three, with Rise of the Daejeen being released later in 2020. But, the story of Shakja, Shook, Queen Amanna, and Aput doesn’t end there. In each novel I find myself creating and falling in love with new characters, such as the young Indra, which propel new story-lines forward and new novels being summarized in my fodler of ideas.

To think, this all started with a pioneer in the fantasy writing industry and someone I aspire to be. Thank you Anne McCaffery.

If you would like to learn more about Anne check out this interview I found with Anne McCaffery nearly 20 years ago.

And for a list of Anne McCaffery books you can go here.

About me

I am a fantasy writer who spends much of my daydreaming up worlds of nefarious dragons. I would love if you take the time to read my novels which you can find below. I love reviews, so please take a moment to leave a review. 

 

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Fall of the Drjeen
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Birth of the Drajeen

5 reasons I love writing about dragons

In my Blue Star series, it becomes evident early on that I enjoy writing about humanoid dragons who are the main inhabitants of the three-mooned planet Jeen.

But, what is it about dragons that I love so much? Well, first off, while I am no longer a flight instructor, I still can’t help but feel a love for flight, being thousands of feet above the world. Perhaps it’s the solitude, or maybe even the heavy shuffling wind as it rocks my Cessna gently, providing a doldrum of sound, similar, yet thicker than sitting next to a floor fan.

Undeniably this is a feeling that I will always hold close to me.

But, whether I am writing or reading an Anne McCaffery novel, I find that my excitement grows and my obsession lingers. So, why do I love writing about dragons? Here are five reasons:

They’re cruel

I want to preface this by saying I am not cruel. But much like an erotica novelist lives vicariously through her characters I do with mine. To be fair, most dragons, whether Drjeen, Drajeen, or Daejeen (especially the Drajeen) are not cruel at all. However, the elites tend to be nefarious, and in the third book, Rise of the Daejeen, slated to come out midyear-2020, you will have the opportunity to see the full length of their malicious behavior. Backstabbing twists in the Daejeen ranks leaves no one safe, especially their own. Jeen is a “dragon eat dragon” world – quite literally.

Dragons can also be enlightening

In the Fall of the Drjeen we find a world that is on the brink of extinction as a “star” is plummeting toward the planet of Jeen. What happens is an organic split of good and evil, where rank and hierarchy no longer exists. But, the enlightened ones seemingly prevail or at least survive to create a new race of dragon called the Drajeen. As in the second book Birth of the Drajeen, they discover new abilities and the curious experience of one for all and all for one (thank you Alexandre Dumas), they find that a path together is an enlightened one. An enlightened race of dragons may not be as dramatic as a nefarious race, but in the Blue Star series, I have the benefit of pitting one against the other.

Powerful

In my first book, Fall of the Drjeen, I begin in an early stage of dragon evolution. In fact, many live in wooden huts in the lower kingdom without the ability to fly. However, they are still powerful. From thunderous wing bursts to the daken riders, I love the strength of dragons.

Ancient wisdom exists

In the Fall of the Drjeen the ill are moved to the Cavern of the Ancients. Little does anyone know, the cavern would be a host of mysticism only spoken of in seemingly forgotten – or destroyed – history. The Cavern of the Ancients opens the reader up to a split between good and evil and how ancient wisdom will play a role in future books.

Epic stories

I like to keep my stories short, focusing on multiple plotlines that evolve into something powerful and forward-looking in the end. The stories end with a thought of promise, though much like the Star Wars Saga you never know if good or evil will pull through in the end. That is why hope is necessary. Where many stories I read, or movies I watch with dragons have a single dragon or even a small weyr or thunder of dragons I don’t find many books pitting entire races of dragons against each other. So, rather than a single dragon destroying a human or troll army, the Drajeen, and Daejeen must destroy each other because they cannot exist together.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on dragons, your fantasy writing, or my books. You can find links to my books above or on my books page. As always, subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can read my books for free.

Best wishes and keep reading and writing.

*Sarah Cathey is the author of the fantasy novel Blue Star series which takes place on the three-mooned planet of Jeen. Her first two books released in 2019 have quickly garnered a following of devote readers and Sarah hopes that book three, Rise of the Daejeen, to be released mid-2020, will solidify herself in the fantasy realm of dragon novelists.

About me

I am a fantasy writer who spends much of my daydreaming up worlds of nefarious dragons. I would love if you take the time to read my novels which you can find below. I love reviews, so please take a moment to leave a review. 

 

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Fall of the Drjeen
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Birth of the Drajeen

Birth of the Drajeen, fantasy novel, Free on Kindle April 7 – April 11

birth-of-the-drajeen-cover-kindleLovers of fantasy join us on a journey into the Blue Star Series my second book of the series, Birth of the Drajeen.

I am excited to join our free book campaign. Birth of the Drajeen will be available free on Kindle from April 7 to April 11, 2020. As with all of my books, I also offer my books free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

“An asteroid has forced an exodus of ill-stricken Drjeen into quarantine within the Cavern of the Ancients. Amidst descension in ranks, deceit, and survival these Drjeen emerge from the cavern more peaceful, yet bound with more strength than ever before. But, as they escape the Cavern of the Ancients are their new beliefs and powers strong enough to survive on a fractured surface-world now alien to them? Follow Shakja, Shook, Princess Amanna, and Aput as they try to keep their ranks united while fending off an old enemy.”

As with all books offered for free (or even paid for) author’s love reviews. So, after reading Birth of the Drajeen please take the time to leave an Amazon review. If you would like to purchase, Fall of the Drjeen, the first book in the series, you can purchase it here!

If you have questions for me or would like a signed copy of one of my books you can contact Sarah Cathey here.

Fall of the Drjeen, fantasy book free on Kindle April 1-4.

Lovers of fantasy join us on a journey into a new fantasy novel series and the book, Fall of the Drjeen.

I’m excited to join the Cafe Legacy free book campaign and in the next couple weeks will offer both series books – Fall of the Drjeen and Birth of the Drajeen – free of charge for Kindle. Fall of the Drjeen will be available free on Kindle from April 1 to April 4, 2020. As with all of my books, I also offers books free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

“A blue star emerged over the planet of Jeen tossing chaos into a hierarchical world of castes. The Drjeen royalty are torn: flee, or stay… Or, does life no longer matter? How long will the lower settlement stay subservient as the royals follow ancient and secretive traditions of betrayal, assassination, and ego. Can a low-caste Drjeen and the most lauded warrior of the daken riders save the remnants of a civilization destined to be changed forever?Join Shakja and Shook as they journey into the Fall of the Drjeen.”

Fall of the Drjeen is my first novel and combines my two career experiences of veternary technician and flight instructor to step into the world of novelist. This series has been on my mind for decades and in 2019 began it’s own epic journey.

As with all books offered for free (or even paid for) author’s love reviews. So, after reading Fall of the Drjeen please take the time to leave an Amazon review.

If you have questions or would like a signed copy of one of my books you can contact Sarah Cathey here.