Answering a question from my email.

I received an email recently with a good question. The reader completed The Rise of Nazil and loved the Novel. He had one question regarding the manner in which the characters speak. It was not the lack of contractions or the cadence of the dialogue. His question was one I was expecting and have heard several times prior.

“Why do your characters ‘sound’ alike?” It is true; many of the characters speak in the same manner. This was not an oversight; this was purposely done. I know in most epic fantasy that you have these unique dialects to set the characters apart. The Rise of Nazil fantasy series does the opposite. It is one of the many subtleties you will find within its pages.

It is extremely important to me that the similarities with the inhabitants surpass the differences. There are slaves taken captive by those of Nazil. However, because they are now slaves does not mean they are not educated or that they were not people of prominence in their past lives. In our own histories throughout the world, this is true.

So, why do many of my characters “sound” alike? Because there is truly no difference in them, not one that has any bearing on who they are or will be. Some may place themselves in higher regard but that does not make it so. I will quote Allister d’Garrion from Seed of Scorn. “Nikolina, do not equate one of high birth with one of great moral character or righteousness. There is no parity to be found and oft times, the opposite is true. The position does not dictate the character of a man.”

Thank you to those of you have read, enjoyed, and reviewed my novels. The land of Faélondul is a wondrous and distinctive place. With its magnificent, diverse, and fallible inhabitants, it will cause you to rethink your vision of what epic fantasy truly is. We are not all from the same mold. Some of us have more to convey and a unique way of delivering an enjoyable and insightful story.

Thank you.

Author: Aaron-Michael Hall

Aaron-Michael Hall is a native of southern Illinois. She was born and raised just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo. After moving about the country, she has returned to her roots and where this journey began. When she was younger, Aaron-Michael would get lost in the fantasy and sci-fi worlds created by Andre Norton, N.K. Jemisin, R.A. Salvatore, Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and R. Scott Bakker. Being from a large family, Aaron-Michael would often steal away high in a tree or nearby wood seeking solitude. While enjoying the peace her natural surrounding provided, she created her own worlds and languages. For hours, she would be lost in the magnificence of her own imagination. Some characters and elements created then are used now in her current series. The Rise of Nazil is the first novel in the trilogy of the same name from this new author. It is an intelligent and intriguing read with a host of characters. Seed of Scorn (book 2) and Piercing the Darkness (book 3) complete The Rise of Nazil trilogy and are all available on Amazon. When asked why she wrote this series, Aaron-Michael simply said, “It needed to be written.” Blood of Oisin is the title of the first novel in The Shifter trilogy that releases February 2017. It is her hope that the readers enjoy the wonders of Faélondul even more than she enjoyed writing about them.

3 thoughts on “Answering a question from my email.”

  1. Thank you for the comment. I understand this particular style will not suit some. They are used to epic fantasy being delivered in a certain style. However, I find it distracting at times when authors give characters too much of a dialect. It takes away from the flow of the story and jerks me from the world they create.

    I hope you continue to enjoy The Rise of Nazil fantasy series. You are appreciated.


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