Writer's View: As The World Dies, Untold Tales Volume 1 by Rhiannon Frater

From Goodreads: THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country.

But theirs is not the only tale to be told.

In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…

On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…

And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…


The Writer's View

I am totally flipped out over Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy. Seriously, it's been a long time since I've been this in love with a series. I go to bed at night dreaming about zombies, which I think worries my husband a little. I think the last time I was this obsessed, it was with the Hunger Games. But I can't even compare this series with The Hunger Games -- they're nothing alike.

I'm just about finished with the third book in thes series, which I'll post about later. In the meantime, I couldn't just read one As the World Dies book at a time -- I had to get this first collection of short stories from the same series, which features other characters from the main books. It's what I consider a crowd pleaser. If you're into the books, these stories are a blast. I wouldn't recommend reading them without reading the main series first -- they won't pack the emotional punch, IMO.


Technical Craft vs Creative Craft

I began thinking about the craft of writing while I was reading Frater's As The World Dies, Untold Tales Volume 1. In my opinion, there are two sides of the coin when it comes to writing: technical craft and creative craft.

I define technical craft as the nuts and bolts of writing: correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. I think the technical craft of writing can be mastered by anyone. Sort of like anyone can learn how to multipy and divide.


The creative craft is less tangible. It's that umph factor in a book -- stellar characters, magical worlds, and rip-roaring kick-ass plot. Being a master of the Creative Craft isn't something that can necessarily be taught. I'm pretty sure Ray Bradbury or Jane Austen didn't take any Creative Writing classes. Writers like Bradbury and Austen are born with a gift. To continue with my math analogy -- I can learn how to do a certain amount of math, maybe up to algebra and geometry, but there comes a point where my brain just can't take the next step.


There are a lot of typos, mis-spellings, and gramatical errors in As The World Dies, Untold Tales Volume 1. So many, in fact, that if I wasn't a die hard fan of the series, I wouldn't have finished it. But I love-love-love the characters and devoured these extra stories. For me, the Creative Craft trumped the lack of Technical Craft.

This doesn't happen very often. I get annoyed when I see lots of typos and errors -- it distracts me from enjoying the story. I was surprised to find myself so engrossed in the world and the characters that I could ignore the typos. I think this is a tribute to Frater's natural gift for storytelling.
What do other readers things about Technical Craft vs. Creative Craft? Is one more important than the other? Can one be overlooked if the other is present? I'd love to hear thoughts on this.