When I made up my mind to write a fantasy novel, I asked myself the following questions: Will it take place in this world or another world? Will the characters in the book be one of the typical supernatural beings found in fantasy novels? The answer to the first question was both this world and another. The answer to the second question was no. Now all I had to do is define the other world, how to access the other world, and decide what type of fantasy being I would create. And the challenge began.