Why I write Urban Fantasy – Magic. A Rough Guide.
I turned to urban fantasy after writing two cyberpunk novels ‘Nanopunk’ and ‘Lightning Seed’. I use both Cyberpunk and Urban Fantasy to explore how our beliefs and the way we see things may be very different from what reality really is like. This leads on to raising questions about the good or harm done by our relationships with reality, and with other people as a result of the way we see things
My latest novel ‘Magic. A Rough Guide’ explores these issues by presenting a world very much like the present day but where magic has returned and Magicians are indiscriminately classed as terrorists – after all, what would happen to capitalism, “working for the man” and the rule of law if certain people took creativity literally into their own hands?
In the world of ‘Magic. A Rough Guide’, magicians never take a life. All Magicians follow a religious leader; be it Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim; the difference being they only follow the actual words of the leaders and not the interpretations and (often inciteful) distortions made by institutions or power hungry individuals.
Ordinary people have resorted to an over-dependence on conventional religion and corporate ‘Brands’ and logos to give themselves a sense of common identity.
What is Urban Fantasy – Teen Urban Fantasy (Extract from Wikipedia). Teen fiction.
While several adult stories focus on professional heroes, many teen urban-fantasy novels follow inexperienced protagonists who are unexpectedly drawn into paranormal struggles. Amidst these conflicts, characters often gain allies, find romance, and, in some cases, develop or discover supernatural abilities of their own. In Kelley Armstrong’s The Darkest Powers series, a group of teens with paranormal talents go on the run while fleeing from a persistent band of scientists Gone, by Michael Grant, follows an isolated town in which adults have mysteriously disappeared, leaving a society of super-powered children behind. In Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand, a girl discovers that she is part angel and gifted with superhuman abilities, leading her to seek out her purpose on Earth. The Immortals series, by Alyson Noël, follows a girl who gains special abilities after recovering from an accident, and also grows close to a mysterious new boy at her school. In addition, love triangles play a prominent part in these and several other urban-fantasy novels.
In certain books, a boarding school or similar institution holds a significant role in the story. Rampant, by Diana Peterfreund, follows a group of young women at a cloisters as they train to fight killer unicorns. The House of Night series, by P. C. and Kristin Cast, presents a school where future vampires are disciplined while on the path to transformation, during which several romantic conflicts and other clashes ensue. Claudia Gray’s Evernight novels center on a mysterious academy, where a romantic bond develops between a girl born to vampires, and a boy who hunts them. Fallen, by Lauren Kate, revolves around a student named Luce who finds herself drawn to a boy named Daniel, unaware that he is a fallen angel who shares a history with her. Other series, such as Carrie Jones’s Need, have characters moving to new locations but attending public schools while discovering mysterious occurrences elsewhere in their towns.
A common thread running through almost all teen urban fantasy is that, in addition to these teens dealing with stakes possibly as large as the fate of the world, they’re also coming into their own and learning who they are. These coming-of-age themes and a teen ‘voice’ are what distinguish young-adult urban fantasy from adult books in the genre.