Silk Road Fantasy

Last year we saw a big increase in what many where hailing as the next new sub-genre, Flintlock Fantasy. Big name authors like Brian McClellan and Django Wexler were churning out fantasy novels set in-between the Renaissance and Industrial Eras. They were stories focused on militaries and gunpowder. Hell, McClellan has a magic system devoted…

World-building: Creating a Deity

I just got back from church service, and the preacher showed us all this video. It sparked something inside me, made me realize just how insignificant we are in this grand universe. Now, I’m not trying to convert you. No, I’m trying to give you a perspective that leads into an article I have on…

The Future of Fantasy

A writer bud of mine made a post on his musings about Gritty Fantasy and the future of the genre. Being a guy swamped with random thoughts at all hours of the day, this didn’t help my predicament. He suggested that Fantasy will see a swing away from the Grimdark movement toward a more Dark…

The Thousand Names: The Problem with Pacing

Earlier this July, right in the beginning of the month, the fantasy community erupted over a new debut author, Django Wexler. His debut which caused such a stir is The Thousand Names, a novel under the new umbrella term of “flintlock fantasy.” I had the honor (or luck) of receiving a copy before the release…

Author Interview: J.A. Romano

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my writing buds and all around amazing crazy friend, the newly published J.A. Romano. The cool thing? He’s younger than I am. And published by JukePop Serials, an online website that has some great serialized pieces of prose floating around for all you speculative fiction readers…

The Importance of Setting, Part 2: Mood

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that…

Author Interview: Laura Graham

Here’s the first of what could (or could not) be my foray into author interviews. Considering the author in question is a friend of mine and a writer bud in my writing group, I thought it best to interview her. It also helps that her debut book, or short story, whatever you want to call…

Listening to the Reader

[Insert Self-Help Quote Here] So, I was thinking the other day on what might attract readers to this blog. (I’m conceded, I know.) And I came to the conclusion that I need to see what the readers want. Skimming over my thoughts on a book review or update on my writing isn’t going to gain…

Should You Assume?

“There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.”-Ernest Hemingway A couple of months ago, I ended writing my first “trunk” novel, something every beginning author should do at least once or three…