World-Building Wonders – The Gliding Lands

Welcome to another installment of World-Building Wonders! Find an escape into an author’s awesome world — and worldview! Today’s featured author is Deanna Fugett.


Life is precious to me. I wanted to emphasis that in my writing. In my story Ending Fear, there is a place called The Gliding Lands where they do not value life. Much like communist China, the Uppers are only allowed to have one child (this has recently been changed in China, but for many years this was law). In the world I created, if you try to sneak a second baby into the world, it will get thrown over the edge of the Gliding Lands, only to fall hundreds of feet to the earth below. Pretty horrific, am I right? And heaven forbid you get to keep and raise your own children. That’s what the governments for. It takes a village and all that jazz.

In The Gliding Lands you must surrender your baby to the PediaLab where they then will determine whether your baby is fit for society, or to be thrown over the edge like a piece of trash. Only beautiful and wanted babies will be kept. My main character is a fourteen year old girl named Fear, who was one of these babies. Only she was one of the lucky ones. She was a parachute baby.

This is where our own society is headed if we fail to address that all life, no matter what, is truly precious in God’s sight. Wanted, unwanted, beautiful, disfigured, every person has a purpose and everyone is sent to earth for a reason. God don’t make no junk.

The Bible says there are darker days to come. This epidemic won’t get any better. In fact with each passing year it has gotten worse. In the end times people will go so far in their sin it will be unthinkable, but by then it will be completely normalized to a society that has been totally desensitized. It made me realize I had to show what our world would look like, or at least my imagined version of it. Where life is almost completely unvalued. That’s part of the reason why I created The Gliding Lands and the Uppers who live there. To expose the evil in our hearts. The evil that is already prevalent in our society and the world as a whole.

I hope my book Ending Fear and the world I’ve created will shed some light on the subject of the sanctity of life and cause people to pause and think: Isn’t there value in every life?

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While Deanna Fugett isn’t writing or connecting with others via social media, she can be found cleaning up after playing with her four kids or cooking dinner rubbing her husband’s shoulders, because she’s nice like that. Her favorite TV shows are Once Upon a Time and Arrow, and she frequently revisits every nerd’s favorite show, Firefly. She might even have a weird crush on Simon. Deanna has an endless TBR list and has numerous books she’s started reading lying around the house, none of which she can find time to finish. She is off-the-wall excited about her debut novel coming out with Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing this year, a YA Dystopian called Ending Fear. It is the first novel in the Gliding Lands series, and she really hopes you will buy it and enjoy every second of it.

Deanna Fugett blogs at Quills and Inkblotts

You can also find her at these locations: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads


Living in a sin infested future, Fear, a fourteen year old girl, learns she was dumped over the edge of the Gliding Land as an infant.

Kicked out of her hovel due to her mother’s own insanity, Fear finds strangers willing to take her in and show her love. Surely they can’t be trusted. 

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