Voice – what you say, and how you say it

  Part of the problem of writing the other, writing about a culture one has researched rather than the culture  you are familiar with from the inside, is that it depends so fundamentally not just on WHAT is  said, but on HOW it is said. So a component of the problem becomes not just approaching […]

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Brown and fit to break bread with

The title of this post comes from a passage early on in The Game of Kings, the first book of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. In it, the (blond) Lymond has encountered the (black-haired) Mariotta, and their conversation diverts briefly to hair color: “Or didn’t you know the family coloring? Richard hasn’t got it. Poor Richard […]

Notes From the Road: The Shared Journey

I have just returned from a convention and small signing tour to help promote A Plunder of Souls, the third book in my Thieftaker Chronicles (written as D.B. Jackson). I had several good events — a launch party at ConGregate, fun signings with my friends Faith Hunter and A.J. Hartley in Rock Hill, South Carolina […]

Wax on, wax off

In two days, I will get on a series of planes and fly to Okinawa, where I will spend several days doing karate in an un-airconditioned budokan. I’ve been practicing karate for more than five years now, but this is my first time attending this seminar, which is organized by the man who runs my […]

More about the “Strong Female Character”…

    What is a “strong female character”? This article has an opinion on it, and discusses how little of it there actually is out there, despite the lip service to the concept. Time after time we get a female character who is interesting,  rounded,  ALIVE, strong…and is then smothered in the male protagonist’s story […]

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