5 Ways Dystopian Fiction May Surprise You

Kath here. Please welcome author Karen Duvall to Writer Unboxed today. Karen is an award winning author published with Harlequin Luna and is currently working on a new contemporary fantasy romance series. We were pleased when Karen agreed to guest post about dystopian fiction, which is enjoying incredible longevity and strength within the SF/F genre. Karen says,

Dystopian, or post-apocalyptic fiction, is a fascinating subgenre of fantasy and my first experience writing it for Harlequin Luna’s ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS anthology offered me a creative outlet I’m eager to explore.

To learn more about Karen, follow her on Twitter @KarenDuvall or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karen.duvall2

Take it away, Karen!

5 Ways Dystopian Fiction May Surprise You

Wow, we just barely escaped the end of the world, didn’t we? It turns out the Mayan Calendar wasn’t about the world ending after all, but the end of a cycle. That’s not to say it can’t still happen.

When Harlequin Luna invited me to contribute a novella to an anthology called ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS, I was thrilled with the invitation, and slightly intimidated by the genre. I write urban fantasy and the anthology has a dystopian theme. I’ve been reading dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for years, but I’d never tried writing it before. Enjoyment of the genre gave me confidence I could create a good story, but what surprised me were the revelations I made in the process.

  1. An endless supply of scenarios – How many ways could the world end? Dozens, and all can be spun in a variety of possibilities. The subject opens a distinct avenue of creativity and an opportunity to invent something totally different. I came up with five story ideas for my editor to choose from. The one about devastating solar storms ravaging the planet was selected, but I still plan to pursue my idea about bees for a future project.
  2. In-depth exploration of current events – The best stories are often rooted in reality, and there’s no shortage of potential problems the world is currently facing that could lead to its demise. I learned a lot while conducting my research. Education is always a welcome bonus. [Read more…]