Archive for April, 2010

ROBIN HOOD and “Creative Ownership”

So, I’m starting off with a little self-promotion. I have written the novelization for the new Ridley Scott treatment of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The movie will be released on May 14; the book comes out next Tuesday, April 27. I have always wanted to write a media tie-in; I always […]

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Actually, it’s not a “plan” per se, but I love it when I’ve laid some groundwork and suddenly it comes together–as in suddenly it weaves together with the rest of the story and adds to the plot and the characters. In that moment, it’s like the angels sing and chocolate falls from the sky. The […]

The problem of the Childlike Empress

“Women and children first.” It’s a familiar phrase: the building is on fire, or the ship is sinking, or there’s some other crisis that necessitates rescue or evacuation, and so the men step aside to let the women and children get to safety first. The reasons for this are numerous, but I want to tease […]

Heroines Who Don’t Kick Ass

 Don’t get me wrong.  I love heroines who kick ass.  If Buffy called on me to join her battling evil in the pits of hell, I’d jump at the chance, trusting that she’d get me home at least as safely as John Carter or Aragorn.  But I read a book the other day which was […]

Just For Silly’s Sake—The Dragon Diaries (updated)

This is how my brain amuses itself when I’m too sick to read* or do anything else that takes real focus. Dragon diaries in twitter size chunks: Hatched today. A nice man was waiting for me with harness and food. He wanted to be my friend. I said yes. Then I ated him. Alternatively. I […]

Pros at Cons

At one convention, maybe a year or so ago, this was an actual title of a panel I was on – “Pros at Cons”.  The idea was to explore what a professional (writer, or artist) actually DOES at a convention, how they might approach it differently from the reader, gamer or fan attendee.   [For […]

Feeling Like A Fool

I’m not a big fan of April Fools Day, in general.  I don’t like to see people taken advantage of, and I think that too many April Fools jokes have meanness at their core, instead of cleverness.  (That said, I have laughed at many a well-thought-out “gotcha”, over the years.) April Fools Day, though, has […]

Author Information

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.

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.

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.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. 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.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.



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