Archive for September, 2012

The Skill List Project: Characterization Tools

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time, we started on characterization, listing a number of sources that could help you think about building engaging characters. This time, I’m going to look at some […]

On Editors and Revisions

For the past two weeks or so, I have been revising the second book in my Thieftaker series, Thieves’ Quarry (written as D.B. Jackson). Revisions are an essential part of writing.  Every professional writer has to do them; every aspiring writer should.  I revise at several different points in the development of a novel:  I […]

A Hundred Pages About Trees

Does everyone still enjoy Tolkien? I know I do, and almost every fantasy writer I’ve ever heard talk about him seems to as well. Or at least they say they do when his name comes up at cons. But sometimes I wonder if current fantasy readers agree. Recently, while standing in the aisles of The […]

Literary archaeology

I have a new novel out today, an urban fantasy called Lies and Prophecy. Writers love all of their books, of course (just like parents love their children . . . which is to say, even when we want to put them up for adoption/delete them from our hard drives), but this one is particularly […]

Historical fantasy and all that

In one of those interesting juxtapositions which the Internet excels at, several seemingly unrelated things came together for me in recent weeks. The first was a new novel, “Queen of Iron Years” (more about it at the publisher’s site, here: Let me give you a brief summary. The story is a double-layered one. One […]

Ideal Convention Panels

I’m making this post from Chicago, where I’m attending the World Science Fiction Convention.  This year, I’m registered as Morgan Keyes, because I’m celebrating the release of my first-ever middle-grade novel, DARKBEAST [Amazon | B & N | Indiebound]. My programming is relatively light — I’m participating in the writers’ workshop, and I have a […]

Author Information

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. 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.

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.

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.

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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