Greetings Fellow Adventurers!
Today we have a special guest joining us: Jenelle Leanne Schmidt. She is celebrating the release of book three, Yorian’s Hand, in her Minstrel’s Song series, and she is giving away an awesome dragon/sapphire pendant necklace, a hand & a half training sword–WANT. Ha! I mean, enjoy! *cough* –AND she is giving away all three books in the series: King’s Warrior, Second Son, and Yorian’s Hand.
So I invited her to share a little about her world-building for her series. Without further ado, please welcome Jenelle Leanne Schmidt!
Building Tellurae Aquaous
Tellurae Aquaous did not come together all at once. At first, there was only Aom-igh and Llycaelon. As I wrote King’s Warrior, a friend of mine helped me draw a map of what the country might look like. Mostly, I wanted it to be a large island country that looked like the face of a dragon. I didn’t bother with a map of Llycaelon at that time because none of the story actually took place there.
As the series began to grow, I had to add far more depth and breadth to the world. Aom-igh was not the only country in this world, and I needed to name the planet. While “Aom-igh” was a name that popped out of frustrated keyboard mashing, much more was involved in the creation of the name of the world: Tellurae Aquaous.
Near the time I was writing the first book in what would become The Minstrel’s Song, my dad – a general contractor who designs and builds custom homes – had recently built a massive home for one of his clients. That client named his property “Aqua Terra” – “aqua” because he builds ponds, and “terra” after the plantation in the story Gone With the Wind. The idea sparked my imagination, and I pulled out my trusty thesaurus and went to work with the words “water” and “earth.”
“Tellurae” is a combination of several words that mean Earth. Tellurian, terra, terrestrial were all words that went into the creation of this word.
“Aquaous” was much simpler. I borrowed most of it from the word terraqueous, which means “consisting of land and water.”
Thus, Tellurae Aquaous was born.
As the years have passed, I have made pencil sketches of the map and refined the locations of all the island-countries in this world. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully talented husband who has taken my rough sketches and turned them into beautiful maps of my fantasy world. He did a close-up map of Aom-igh for the first book in the series: King’s Warrior, and more recently completed a map of the entire world (at least, the known and more explored regions) to be placed inside Yorien’s Hand, which you can view below!
Thank you for having me over to your blog, Jennette!
And thank you!
I don’t know about the rest of you all, but that map has been drooling. Ha! I…uh…have a thing for maps, but that’s a topic for another time.
The years of Oraeyn’s short rule have been peaceful, but now ominous nightmares plague his sleep and cling to him during his waking hours. When two of his most trusted advisors disappear without a trace and not even the power of dragons can locate them, the fell promise of the king’s nightmares becomes reality.
From the furthest reaches of the world, an ancient enemy stirs. Stretching beyond his crumbling prison walls, this foe seeks to bring life to the darkest of shadows. His army marches towards Aom-igh with deadly intent, threatening all Oraeyn holds dear.
Aided by dragons, and with the warrior Brant and Princess Kamarie at his side, Oraeyn must journey into the wilds of a forgotten realm. Trusting in the wisdom and skill of the enigmatic minstrel, Kiernan Kane, the companions race against time in search of Yorien’s Hand, a relic that may hold the power to save them all.
Meet the Author
Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-Midwest. She now resides with her husband and their three adorable children in the wilds of Wisconsin. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family story-times when her father would read out loud to her and her siblings each night before bed. Her imagination was captured by authors such as Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lloyd Alexander. It wasn’t long before she began making up her own stories and sharing them with her family. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
Now for the giveaway!
The Dragon and Sapphire Pendant
The hand and a half training sword
AND all three books!