The Realm was my Masters thesis. At the University of British Columbia your thesis must come from work generated while in the program. The Realm filled that brief. And more.
It began in my very first residency class: Children’s Fiction with Glen Huser, writer and teacher extraordinaire. One day Glen charged us with a writing prompt.
Before I can write a character I have to find out their name and see how they look. It’s a little like being at a party where you spot someone intriguing across the room then wait hoping to arrange an introduction before the evening ends.
I expect that sounds a bit odd. But I can’t write a character until I know their name, and I can’t give them a name until I have a good grip on their character. It’s a conundrum.