Archive for July, 2009

Where did the Stormlord come from?

Where do you get your ideas? The often asked question is actually a sensible one, although it usually results in eye-rolling from an author because of its frequency, plus the impossibility of giving a coherent answer. For a start, one idea makes a short story, not a novel. A book takes lots of ideas. For […]

Villains vs. antagonists

If your English lit education was anything like mine, then at some point a teacher explained to you that narrative conflicts boil down into three broad types: man vs. nature, man vs. man, and man vs. himself. (If your teacher was more forward-thinking than mine, she might have phrased it as “person vs.” instead.) Most […]

5 Signs Your WIP Is Done

As I am currently suffering through all of them right now, I thought I’d post this handy dandy guide for knowing when a book or story is finished.  1 – You find yourself rewriting the same paragraph three times in half an hour.  Not to be confused with rewriting a paragraph three times in half […]

“When Did You Know…?”

My earliest memory of personal ambition comes from when I was seven years old and writing a story for my first grade teacher, Mrs. Glass.  She had asked us to write about what we wanted to be when we were grown up, and I chose the most obvious thing.  I wanted to play center field […]

When writers review…

It’s an on-going thing – should there be reviews that pan a book? Should reviewers concentrate on the books that they, you know, actually LIKE? What use is it to write a bad review, anyway? And when you happen to be a writer in your own right, a writer who started writing reviews long before […]

Writing By The Seat Of The Pants Part II

So a couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how I was writing this novel (fourth in my Crosspointe series) by the seat of my pants and that I had no ending in sight. Here’s that blog if you are interested. I told you then that I’d have an update for you and that I […]

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Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.



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