About A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception:
Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the darkness. Her desire is to live in a world of eternal light, to be seen for who she truly is.
An enigmatic man who calls himself Avidia beckons Shanti, claiming to know how to conceive the world of light sleeping inside of her, and escape her current world of darkness, Cauraaha. Avidia poses the question that will be the key to her desire, as well as an unresolved pain:
“What is your first memory?”
Reno, a gentle florist, has his own stigma, a translucent coil of thorns wrapped around his arm, draining him of life at the utterance of the word “Promise”. Hidden away in his heart is the knowledge of a past he doesn’t wish to face, one that connects to Shanti, Avidia, and her curse.
A dual narrative of introspection and self-discovery, A Space Between Worlds eloquently questions the truths of life and death, timeless bonds, and regret through lyrical imagination, philosophy, surrealism, and a journey through the unconscious mind.
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J.D. Woodson was born Chicago, Illinois in 1992. He grew up in Palos Park, a quiet suburb southwest of Chicago. During his early years, J.D. gained a fondness towards poetry and continued to writing it through primary school and high school, winning small awards for his work. He would attend Columbia College Chicago with intent to major in poetry, however he shifted his focus and major to Fiction Writing due to his love for storytelling. After his sophomore year, he would take a leave of absence to study outside of the workshop method he was taught and gained experience as a ghostwriter which his projects spanned from fiction to non-fiction. To read more about J.D., you can visit him on his website.
G u e s t P o s t
Fantasy is a genre of endless meanings and varying perceptions, I’d say. A genre of pure imagination woven with a multitude of philosophies and one that spans a myriad of worlds. Some whimsical, others brooding and drenched in dread. Whether they are faraway, seemingly detached from commonality of life or one living side by side the reality we all share; the idea of what fantasy isn’t concrete but it is shapeless and strictly depends on the hands that manipulate it. In saying this, my version and understanding of what fantasy could be is expressed in my novel A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception. Though, I can’t say my fantasy is the most traditional.
We live in a place that is often twists and shifts based on the decisions we make every day, both personally and universally. Change may not be seen immediately, it does become apparent over time and in most cases it causes us to look back at has transpired; sometimes hoping to revert back to those moments. At its base, my fantasy deals with emotion, choices, and the memories tied to them. Remember when I stated that fantasy spans a multitude of worlds? I sort of ran with this and made the idea more intimate. Outside of the world we all live in, I focused on the concept of inner worlds. Ones that are molded by our experiences, thoughts, woes, triumphs and so forth. Those places aren’t visited frequently. Many only focus on what their eyes can see and almost entirely, we cannot see ourselves.
Shanti and Reno, the protagonists of the series are detached from the world around them and the worlds within themselves. Now, I won’t say much of how they ended up in their current situation due to major spoilers, however the curses they own inside this place called Cauraaha is central to their personal plights. Shanti is faceless, drawing her likeness from masks crafted by hands not her own and Reno found himself bound to a coil of thorns that siphon his life upon hearing the word “promise”. While discovering themselves through reflection and introspection, a veil is lifted from their eyes as well as the truth of the world they both inhabit while nurturing the one incubating inside them.
In a sense, my current work and the rest of the series focuses on psychology and metaphysics. And I can say, using those subjects opened avenues of how fantasy can be used and portrayed. You can find the fantastic in everything and anything. I suppose this is why I was always drawn to the medium of storytelling. I’ll tell you, my stories much like other authors are often built around an event or thing that sparked their minds. A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception and the rest of the series is actually based on struggles I had and some I had been a part of due to another’s life. The characters, the different worlds, motifs, themes, all of them are connected to my reality and by proxy, they are connected to whoever reads it.
My desire is to write stories that will help someone in some way or another. It’s funny, I actually wanted to be a doctor growing up (I sure studied my bum off, I tell ya.) strictly to assist others who were hurting. Those feelings I have carried over into my writing. I took what I learned and constructed something that would whisk someone away; both into the world I built and the ones within themselves. My fantasy is a mirror.