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The Beastly Tower: a Royal Menagerie

One of the most fascinating features of the Tower of London which has, alas, been lost to time is the Tower Menagerie, which makes an appearance in Elisha Rex.  How could I resist a setting like that? The menagerie began … Continue reading

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Developing Fictional Worlds: The Nits are All you Have

As you may know, my most popular blog entry (still) is the one entitled Bilbo Baggins’ Bathrobe: A Example of Poor World-building.  Every month or two, someone new discovers this post and feels they must take me to task for … Continue reading

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Rehabilitating Medieval Monarchs

At last week’s International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, I attended the annual Pseudo Society session, a humorous presentation of papers crafted to resemble the other academic presentations at the conference, but on topics like “Njal’s Flat Pack: The Historical Evidence … Continue reading

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Guest author Josh Vogt on Forge of Ashes

Today’s guest is Josh Vogt author of Forge of Ashes, a Pathfinder novel that launches this week!  Dwarves?  Barbarians?  Check it out! What was the inception of this project? What were your first steps in building that idea into a … Continue reading

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Steve Bein, Author of the Fated Blades series

Joining my occasional series of author interviews today I’m hosting Steve Bein, who writes the Fated Blades novels, contemporary fantasy thrillers set in Japan.  The latest title, Disciple of the Wind, just came out this week!  As a Kurosawa fan … Continue reading

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Finding a Balance: Cultural Appropriation and Under-representation

Writing fiction has lately become a bit of a minefield where, if you write about another culture, you risk charges of appropriation, and if you fail to include representatives of other cultures, then you are exclusionary. I have always operated … Continue reading

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The Teen Apocalypse

A while back, I fell into conversation with another author, and we wondered about the trend in young adult literature toward the apocalypse:  so many popular teen titles are post-apocalyptic or dystopic (Hunger Games, Divergent).  On the one hand, there … Continue reading

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