The thing about fantasy worlds is that they require a bit of a new language; at the very least new words. Or familiar words with unfamiliar spellings. When I was writing Tattered Heart I selected and created words to evoke the culture of this story.
I didn’t really consider the pronunciation of these words because I knew as I formed the consonants and vowels how they sounded. In my head. And then my words were read by fabulous actors for my audiobook…. and they butchered them.
It was brilliant and hilarious and suddenly I had to consider that not every reader would automatically know the correct way to pronounce Bion.
Thanks to the audiobook performances, however, I can give readers a rare treat for a fantasy book. Not phonetic spellings of odd words. Not a glossary at the end of the novel. No. I give to you a pronunciation guide – with all of the fumbles and flubs and funny lines my actors gave… and also the correct pronunciation of some of the more peculiar words in Tattered Heart.
I hope it amuses you as much as it does me.