Trolling around online last night, I jumped over to Reddit and didn't have to look any farther than the first page for an interesting article about Ray Bradbury. Turns out Bradbury was something of a social justice warrior, or as they were known in the late fifties, a communist.Read More
Congratulations to the Hugo winners! Congratulations also to the fans, who have spoken. Let us honor their wishes and conduct ourselves accordingly from this point forward.
While everyone else was at the Hugo ceremony, I received a very lovely review for In Midnight's Silence by author T.O. Munro. This one contained a couple of paragraphs that simply made my day:Read More
[Note: If you are one of those people who refer to themselves as pantsters and just make things up as you go along, I have no help for you. I cannot write a story on a deadline using that technique, so I've abandoned it. Feel free to move on to another site, I'm cool with that.]
Now that we have, more or less, decided that no one really knows the true definition of "good" as in "How to Write a Good Story," let's just discuss some ways to make the storytelling process easier on your audience and you.Read More
This all sort of falls from a tweet I made, which went something like this: People ask me how to get published, or how to get an agent, or even for marketing advice (e.g. "Will you review my novel?"), but the burning question no one ever asks me is how do you write a good story?
I made the tweet in jest and several people replied, some of whom actually wanted me to write a blog post on the subject. What I learned from this experience is to be careful what I tweet.
However, you said you wanted such a post and I said I would write one, so here we are.Read More
Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons ... and a half-breed caught in-between.Read More
The second hand crawled around Señora Ferrer’s art deco clock with excruciating slowness. Blue, brown, and orange geometric shapes decorated the base and did little to help Diago’s headache. From where he stood beside the grand piano, he counted the seconds as they ticked across the clock’s face: fifteen, fourteen, thirteen …
All the while, Enrique Ferrer—a vindictive boy who hated his stepmother and piano lessons—executed a murderous attack on the sonata Diago had assigned. The child didn’t play the piano; he tried to kill it.Read More
When people ask me what I read, I tell them everything. I read non-fiction, literary fiction, genre fiction, graphic novels--all of these things are expressions of who and what we are. The characters within our stories are reflections of us. Sometimes we don't want to see our prejudices mirrored back to us, but if we pause and examine what the authors are saying to us, we might just learn a little bit about being a better person.Read More
The thing is, we all have a little bit of darkness inside us – and sometimes more than a little. Human nature is at once a wonderful and a terrifying thing, capable of both the most depraved atrocities and the most selfless acts of courage. That’s what it means to be human: we are demon and angel in one. And if everyone around you is behaving demonically, yet you can still listen to your angelic side … well, maybe that’s the true meaning of heroism. It is in the darkest night that the light shines most brightly.Read More
To celebrate all the wonderful reviews that In Midnight's Silence has been receiving, I am going to do a giveaway whilst giving you the opportunity to entertain me. Here is your chance to give me the creeps ...Read More
A few quick notes on the upcoming release of In Midnight's Silence; the first round of author blurbs for the novella; a brief mention of Mad Max: Fury Road; what I'm up to; and the ongoing adventures of Bruce the Boxer and Macavity the Maine Coon ... all for your viewing pleasure ...Read More
I want a factual representation of the time period--I won't shy away from that, or the brutalities committed by both sides--but my Los Nefilim are meant to be entertainment. The lens is focused on them and their personal stakes as they maneuver through these major conflicts. I want to examine how people (or in our case, Los Nefilim) preserve their humanity in the face of inhumanity, because they are half-mortal, and they value that aspect of their character as much as the supernatural.Read More
As an author, magic grants me some leeway, but I still need to get my basic medical and anatomical details right. This was especially important in my new short story released through Harper Voyager Impulse. "The Deepest Poison" depicts a pivotal event in the war as thousands of soldiers collapse during a poison attack. Octavia and her mentor, Miss Percival, rush to find the source and save the men.Read More
I consider Twitter to be a wonderful place to promote my books, but that isn't the only reason I'm there. I tweet about things that interest me and my followers. I'm there to engage socially. So if I don't immediately follow you back, it doesn't mean that I don't think you're worthy of my follow. It just means I want to take a little time to think about how, or even whether, we might enrich one another's lives.Read More
For clarification: Writers seem to swing between two extremes: GENIUS and ISUCK. Most authors hit the GENIUS setting at the worst possible time, which is immediately after completing the first draft of a story. This euphoric feeling lasts for all of twenty-four hours, then is immediately replaced by months of ISUCK.Read More
A lot of people don’t like fantasy. The first mention of elves or dwarfs and their eyes glaze over. They wouldn’t know Earthsea from Chelsea or Mythago Wood from MDF. All magic is their kryptonite, except of course they have no idea what kryptonite is. And usually their opinion of fantasy writing is delivered with a snigger of contempt and a muttered “kid’s stuff”.Read More
Yesterday, I asked people to list female fantasy authors in the comments, and you did! Oh, boy did you list them.
Jeff Plotnikoff very graciously took all of those comments and entered the names into a spreadsheet for us. I'm sure we're still missing some great women who write fantasy, but just in case anyone ever needs a quick list to pull from, here are 199 names they can use as a starting point.Read More