Interviews/Guest Posts

Guest Post: How to Identify Genre in Four Easy Steps (And Why it Doesn’t Matter, Anyway) by Tracy Townsend

If you’re reading this, then you’re the sort of person who cares about books, and probably genre fiction in particular. Congratulations! You are most assuredly one of my people. I horrified a few of my teaching colleagues at a recent speaking engagement when I answered the question “Why do you write fantasy? What got you into it?” by saying that I have no interest in realistic fiction whatsoever. It is true. I don’t get interested in stories that seem too much like the world I wake up to every day. But I also have very little interest in genre labeling, even within realms of the fantastic. It seems booksellers and publishers and certain fandoms do, for their own practical reasons. Some have done a bit of head-scratching over my debut novel, The Nine. (read more…)

Guest Post: Malombra reviews The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn

Today’s post is written by Malombra, a famously beautiful woman who always remains hidden. Here is her meeting with a male character in “The Hidden Face”: A big shatranj board on high legs stood in front of the canopy and a pile of cushions sat next to it. Astolf felt a thrill run through him as a woman’s hand appeared through the opening and began setting up the shatranj pieces on the board. The hand was perfect, with long, elegant fingers and wore an ornate ring on the middle finger. It was all he had ever seen of her. Astolf imagined yet again how perfect the body and face must be that belonged to that hand. Apart from the ring, there was no jewellery on the hand, no sleeve at the slender wrist that might have helped him even guess where she was from. He could just see her outline through the thin material. (read more…)

Guest Post: If A Fungus Had A Brain by David Walton 

Science fiction is full of intelligent non-humans, whether aliens or computers or uplifted mammals.  We’ve seen intelligent life floating in the clouds of Jupiter, inhabiting the inside of suns, or even entire intelligent planets.  But nobody thinks a fungus could be intelligent, do they?  An intelligent mold?  Intelligent athlete’s foot?  It’s ridiculous.  Or is it? (read more…)

An Interview with Laurence MacNaughton, Author of the Dru Jasper Series by Mogsy

I grew up in a creaky old colonial house in Connecticut that I was pretty sure was haunted. As a kid, I was a choirboy in a church that was built in 1754. I also pounded out stories on a black manual typewriter until I sold my first magazine article at age 19. Over the years, I’ve been a bookseller, typesetter, printer, copywriter and (somewhat randomly) a prototype vehicle test driver. When I’m not writing, I bike and hike the Colorado Rockies, explore ghost towns and wrench on old cars. But the whole time, I’m usually thinking about the book I’m going to write next. (read more…)

Guest Post: The World behind The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

A wise man once said: “Books are a finer world within the world.” I think Mr Alexander Smith was spot on. Every time I pick up a new book, I am just as excited to discover the world as I am the characters that live within it. I hold Tolkien responsible this. He, along with other authors like Lewis, Pullman and Donaldson taught me about the endless possibilities of world-building, and left me with an addiction for creating fictional worlds. I thought I’d talk about this obsession, as well as how I constructed the world for my new standalone novel – The Heart of Stone. (read more…)

paul-crilley-iconGuest Post: The Bantering Partnerships in Literature and Film by Paul Crilley

It’s probably no secret by now that I like to have characters throwing banter at each other in my books. Whether it’s Corrigan the piskie and young Emily Snow in my Invisible Order series, Abraxis Wren and Torin the dwarf in my Eberron books, Sebastian Tweed and Octavia Nightingale in the Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, or the dog and Gideon “London” Tau in Poison City. (read more)

michael-r-fletcher-iconTalking Delusions: An Interview with Michael R. Fletcher by Mogsy

Michael R. Fletcher is a science fiction and fantasy author who lives with his wife and daughter in the endless soulless suburban sprawl north of Toronto, Canada. His hobbies include… uh… he gave up all his hobbies to make time to write.

Mike is represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. (read more…)

will-panzo-iconGuest Post: Your Heroes are False Idols by Will Panzo

I don’t believe in heroes. That may sound strange from someone who writes fantasy novels, but it’s true. All heroes are false idols, the product of skilled artists who, like all good charlatans, are experts at audience manipulation. I can appreciate the idea of a hero, of course, someone who does what they think is right despite adversity. And I enjoy stories about heroes, root for them in movies and novels and comics. But ultimately my enjoyment of heroes comes with a heavy qualifier. I know I’m being manipulated by them. (read more…)

marshall-ryan-maresca-iconAn Import of Intrigue: Marshall Ryan Maresca Q&A and Guest Post

Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. (read more…)

jason-arnopp-iconExposing Jack Sparks: An Interview with Jason Arnopp by Mogsy

Jason Arnopp is the author of The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (Orbit Books). He wrote the Lionsgate horror feature film Stormhouse, the New Line Cinema novel Friday The 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat, various official Doctor Who works of fiction (including the BBC audiobook Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion) and script-edited the 2012 Peter Mullan film The Man Inside. (read more…)

93351-tettensorAn Interview with Erin Lindsey by Mogsy

Erin Lindsey is on a quest to write the perfect summer vacation novel, with just the right blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph. The Bloodbound series is her first effort. She divides her time between Brookyn, NY and Calgary, Alberta. She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor. (read more…)

ibenus-iconGuest Post: You Can’t Hide Everything…So Don’t by Seth Skorkowsky

The Power of Suspense.

There’s nothing more fun than a good twist. I’m not referring to the twist ending like “He was dead the whole time,” though those can also be fun. I’m referring to that moment when everything goes wrong and the best laid plans are thrown askew by some terrible event that the heroes didn’t see coming. This event is usually between the 45 and 55% mark in the story. (read more…)

peter-kenny-iconBehind the Voice: An Interview with Audiobook Narrator Peter Kenny by Mogsy

In Audio work Peter was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Co. and played numerous roles opposite some of the greatest names in British Film, Theatre and Television. Over the past 20 years Peter has become a regular recorder of Audio Books, initially for charity with the RNIB and Listening Books, with whom he has recorded over fifty titles. More recently Peter has moved into commercial recordings for Hachette & Little, Brown, Orion/Gollancz, HarperCollins, Penguin, Hodder and Isis Publishing. (read more…)

Robert BrockwayGuest Post: Die, Punk Rock, Die by Robert Brockway

If an author has to tell you what their book is really about, then they have failed.

So uh… let me tell you what my book is really about…

But first, let’s see if you can guess: The Unnoticeables came out last year, and it’s the first installment in a trilogy called the Vicious Circuit. A large part of it is set in New York City, 1977. The Empty Ones is the second book, just out this week, and a large part of it takes place in London, 1978. The third and final book is tentatively called Kill All Angels, comes out next summer, and much of the action is centered in Los Angeles in the early ‘80s. (read more…)

Levi Black iconAn Interview with Levi Black, Author of Red Right Hand by Mogsy

Levi Black lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife and an array of toys, books, records, and comics. He’s been weird his whole life and is almost as scary as he looks. Red Right Hand is his first novel. (read more…)

Laurence MacNaughton iconGuest Post: Creating Crystal Magic by Laurence MacNaughton

In my new book, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, I wanted to create an utterly unique system of magic. Something you’ve never seen before in an Urban Fantasy novel. But hasn’t it all been done? Maybe not. By chance, I had a brief (and rather odd) conversation with Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters, who’s a big believer in the metaphysical properties of crystals. He uses Herkimer diamonds to filter impurities out of his private-label brand of vodka. Weird. But weird stuff inspires me, so I decided to explore the idea of crystal magic. That’s something I haven’t seen anyone do before. (read more…)

Jon Skovron iconGuest Post: What Lies Beyond Grimdark by Jon Skovron

I love a lot of the fantasy stories often referred to as “grimdark” and the movement toward a more gritty, realistic depiction of fantasy as an antidote to the oversimplified “good vs. evil” mentality that that came before it. But the thing is, after we’ve seen things we’d rather not have seen and lived through some truly awful moments in our lives, some of us might want to see what’s beyond the grit and the pain and the darkness. Perhaps we even need to see it. This isn’t a rejection of grimdark or the many incredibly talented authors who write in that subgenre/movement/aesthetic/whatever. Instead, it’s an attempt to take the many valuable lessons grimdark has taught us and consider what other kinds of stories are out there. (read more…)

Ada Palmer iconGuest Post: In Terra Ignota, Diaspora Becomes Nations Without Borders by Ada Palmer

In Terra Ignota I imagine a future Earth united by a transportation system so quick you can get from anywhere on Earth to anywhere else on Earth in two hours.  As a result, the whole world is within commuting distance, like a city and its suburbs, so it’s perfectly practical to live in Honolulu, work in Tokyo and lunch in Paris while a spouse works in Buenos Aires and lunches in Mumbai.  The immediate result of such a technology might be something like a world of expats, where every house on a block might contain citizens of a different nation, and no child grows up without friends from many other ethnic and linguistic groups living and playing on the same block. (read more…)

Gail Z Martin iconGuest Post: Chaos and Order: After the Apocalypse by Gail Z. Martin

It’s fashionable in some circles to rail against the idea of government. Government, so the argument goes, just gets in the way and can’t do anything right. The best way to do things, so the argument goes, is through individual effort.

It’s a no-commitment, take-only-what-you-need and pay-as-you-go, a la carte approach. It sounds seductive on paper. There’s just one teensy problem. (read more…)

Holly Jennings iconInto the Arena: An Interview with Holly Jennings by Mogsy

Holly Jennings is a self-proclaimed nerd and lover of all things geeky and weird. As the firstborn to a sports enthusiast, it was soon discovered that the only games she’d ever learn to master involved consoles and controllers. Her childhood was spent crushing virtual foes, racing on simulated tracks, and rescuing digital princesses. As a young adult, she fell in love with English class, speculative novels, and comic books, which inspired her to create stories of her own. Eventually, her passions converged and she started writing about the future of video games. (read more…)

Brian Staveley iconGuest Post: The Unforgiving Net; the Horror of Publication by Brian Staveley

When I was teaching creative writing, I used to require my students to write their first stories of the year longhand. Then, when they handed them in, I would bring the entire class outside, gather us around a 50-gallon steel trash drum, rip up the stories—still unread—then burn them. (read more…)

RobBoffardGuest Post: The Worst Things That Can Happen to You in Space by Rob Boffard

Well, you could be set on fire.

A fire on a space station isn’t like a fire on Earth. On Earth, when you set something alight, the flames shoot upwards. But in zero gravity, they expand outwards in all directions, feeding on the oxygen-rich environment and getting very out-of-control, very quickly. (read more…)

MarcTurnerGuest Post: One Step Forward, Two Steps…Further Forward? by Marc Turner

Dragon Hunters is book two in my Chronicles of the Exile series. I’ve often heard a sequel referred to as “the difficult second book”. That’s because a writer has as much time as he likes to write his first book, but will probably be up against a deadline to write his second. Also, a first book creates expectations that an author must live up to with his next offering. There will be people out there thinking, “I loved your first book! It was great! Now DO IT AGAIN.” Or maybe even, “Do it better”. And you have to deliver. (read more…)

Lawrence M Schoen SaratogaLion2Interview with Lawrence M. Schoen, Author of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Mogsy

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He’s also one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and the publisher of a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem. He’s been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia. You can find him online at and @KlingonGuy. (read more…)

Michael LivingstonGuest Post: Five Amazing Women in Ancient Rome by Michael Livingston

The end of the Roman Republic — and the corresponding birth of the Roman Empire — gave rise to some of history’s most famous figures. These astounding characters are just one of the many reasons that I set my new historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN across this tumultuous landscape. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cicero, Augustus Caesar … more than 2,000 years after they died, these men still live and breathe in our historical memory. (read more…)

Beyond Redemption iconGuest Post: Writing Crazy by Michael R. Fletcher

Beyond Redemption takes place in a world where reality responds to the whims of humanity. If enough people believe the same thing, that belief will manifest. The twist is that crazy folks, the demented and insane, are capable of believing things so strongly they can alter reality all on their own. They are also capable of believing all manner of impossibilities and manifesting it as reality. (read more…)

Mass EffectGetting Our Sci-Fi Game On with Brianna Shrum and Kristi Charish

As you all know, we at BiblioSanctum are avid gamers. We love gaming as much as we do reading, and we love it even more when our hobbies intersect. Whether through books about gaming, expansions on gaming lore, or books inspired by gaming, we love it — and we love authors who share our passions. Both Kristi Charish, author of Owl and the Japanese Circus, and Brianna Shrum, author ofNever Never, have written about how gaming has influenced their writing (read more…)

Jason Denzel iconGetting Mystical: An Interview with Author Jason Denzel by Mogsy

Jason Denzel is the author of Mystic, a filmmaker, and the founder of, the leading online community for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga. In his free time, Jason studies Choy-Li-Fut Kung-Fu as part of the Plum Blossom Federation. He lives in Northern California with his two young boys, and owns a lot of swords and collectible fantasy artwork. (read more…)

Owl iconGuest Post: Tough Traveling: The Good Thief by Kristi Charish

Han Solo (Star Wars), Indiana Jones, Rick O’Connell (The Mummy), and Malcolm (Mal) Reynolds (Firefly/Serenity) are some of my favorite characters of all time. And they all have one thing in common… Well, a few things in common actually but they all culminate under one umbrella. All four are thieves of some sort- and we love them for it. (read more…)

KHGuest Post: Girls & Dragons by Katherine Harbour

Once upon a time, it was girls and unicorns. Unicorns adorned stickers, school binders, and posters on bedroom walls. The unicorn was mysterious, noble, and pure. The unicorn was the good boy.

Then along came dragons. (read more…)

Stephen Aryan picAn Interview with Stephen Aryan, Author of Battlemage by Mogsy

Stephen Aryan is a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction. It started with The Hobbit, The Belgariad, the Earthsea books, the Shannara books and then David Gemmell, who was a huge influence on him and his writing. (read more…)

Brianna Shrum picGuest Post: Characters and Choices: Games as Stories by Brianna Shrum

Oh man, I can’t even TELL you how excited I am to have an excuse to talk about gaming and writing all in one post! They’re basically the two things I live for. (read more…)

NightlifeNightlife Gets Bigger and Even More Frightening: An Interview with Author Matthew Quinn Martin by Wendy

For Halloween of 2013, author Matthew Quinn Martin introduced us to the little town of New Harbor and the very frightening world beneath it–read my co-review with Mogsyhere, and our first interview with Matthewhere!) Now, his NIGHTLIFE series is expanding to bring you NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, a novella that I reviewed here, and the full sequel NIGHTLIFE: AS THE WORM TURNS. (read more…)

Simon VanceVoice of Gold: An Interview with Award-Winning Narrator Simon Vance by Wendy

It’s no secret that we at BiblioSanctum are fond of audiobooks and the many narratorswho bring those stories to life. It’s also no secret that one of our favourite narrators is the amazingSimon Vance, whose award-winning work encompasses almost a thousand different books over the past 30 years. We are thrilled that Mr. Vance was able to take time out of his incredibly busy schedule to give us a peek into his work as an audiobook narrator. (read more…)

In Midnight's SilenceGuest Post: It’s Not About Sex, It’s About Love by T. Frohock

Sex and sexuality are subjects that we often see touched on in genre fiction, but rarely are they truly explored because it seems like both authors and readers are afraid of them. Oh we’ll get romance thrown in there more often than we need to to ensure that readers are “shipping” accordingly. But sex? Oh dear. *blush* Yet these two things, romance and sex, are very different and should not be so easily confused. (read more…)

Clay and Susan GriffithQ&A with Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith: The Crown and Key Series by Mogsy

Clay & Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom. They’ve also written scripts for television and published graphic novels, and are the authors of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series and the CROWN & KEY trilogy. (read more…)

Ken LiuInterview with Ken Liu, Author of The Grace of Kings by Mogsy

Ken’s fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, andClarkesworld, among other places. He is a winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. He lives near Boston with his family. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, was published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in April 2015. (read more…)

Kristen PainterQ&A with Kristen Painter, Author of The Crescent City series by Mogsy

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. (read more…)

Hunt for ValamonGuest Post: The Voyages That Shape Us by D.K. Mok

I’ve always been drawn to fantastic worlds. As a child, I spent countless afternoons at my local library, and every book was a portal to some opulent masquerade ball or desolate, far flung star. Every time I opened a new book, I felt as though I were stepping gingerly, excitedly, into a different realm. What marvels would I see today? Would I be chased by giant amoebas or would I untangle a diplomatic standoff between warring galaxies? (read more…)

Seth Skorkowsky 2Interview with Seth Skorkowsky, Author of DÄMOREN and HOUNACIER by Mogsy

Raised in the swamps and pine forests of East Texas, Seth Skorkowsky gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. His debut novel, Dämoren, was released in 2014 by Ragnarok Publications. Seth will also be releasing two sword and sorcery rogue collections, Mountain of Daggers and Sea of Quills. When not writing, Seth enjoys tabletop role-playing games, shooting sports, and traveling the world with his wife. (read more…)

Brian StaveleyGuest Post: The Limits and Empathy; or Macbeth is an Asshole by Brian Staveley

I’ve seen, read, or taught Shakespeare’s Macbeth over twenty times, which is odd, considering I really can’t stand the play. Partly I’ve gone back to it so many times because it was deemed (for reasons I still can’t understand) a necessary part of a young person’s education in the school where I taught. Partly I keep seeing and reading it because it’s, you know, a great play. Everyone thinks so except for me, and I keep wondering if I’ve gotten any smarter. So far, no luck. (read more…)

Kristi CharishGuest Post: One RPG at a Time by Kristi Charish

I love video games. Especially RPGs. Ever since a roommate way back in my undergrad days introduced me to Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights I’ve been a hooked, loyal RPG convert. Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy- doesn’t really matter what genre, if there’s a story to be had I’m in. (read more…)

Karina Sumner-Smith smallGuest Post: Friendships Between Strong Female Characters by Karina Sumner-Smith

I say “strong female character”—and you cringe.

It’s okay, I understand the reaction. I think many of us are tired of the cardboard characters presented as “strong”. We all know the type: the attractive, kick-ass girl with a sarcastic comeback for every statement; the one who inevitably catches the eye of nearly every man in the story … and the one who usually ends up needing to be saved, no matter how many guns she’s toting. (read more…)

jamie_schultz_pictureGuest Post: A Three-Headed Monster: Mixing Crime Fiction, Horror, and Urban Fantasy by Jamie Schultz

My book, Premonitions, is kind of an odd duck. It’s urban fantasy, certainly, but it’s got hardboiled crime fiction spliced into its DNA, and it was raised on a steady diet of horror until it grew up and became the strange beast it is today. (read more…)

Bloodbound avatarGuest Post: In Defense of Fluff and Fun by Erin Lindsey

Recently, I came across an article by Justin Landon on [] that made me sit up and say Yes. (read more…)

Cassandra Rose ClarkeAngry Robot Backlist Boost: An Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke by Mogsy

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well. (read more…)

J. Kathleen Cheney 2Guest Post: Change Can Be Good, Or How Did We End Up In Portugal Anyway? by J. Kathleen Cheney

Back in March of 2009, I opened up a file that I called “Story Idea”, the entire text of which was: Girl rescued from sinking house by seer.  He tries to get her to save other victims, but won’t do so himself.  She’s an illegal, and so can’t report him, or the killer. (read more…)

The Shadow ThroneGuest Post: Writing the Revolution by Django Wexler

A friend of mine, after reading the early draft of The Shadow Throne, said that the parts describing the inner politics of the revolution made him laugh.  “I know some people who were in Occupy Wall Street,” he said, “and you’ve nailed it exactly.  It’s so clever that you used that stuff in a fantasy book.” (read more…)

Interview with Jeff Salyards, Author of the Bloodsounder’s Arc by Mogsy

Jeff Salyards grew up in a small town
north of Chicago. While it wasn’t Mayberry, with all the doors unlocked and everyone offering each other slices of pie and quaint homilies, it was pretty quiet and sleepy, so he got started early imagining his way into all kinds of other worlds and universes that were loud, chaotic, and full of irrepressible characters and heaps of danger.
(read more…)

Exploring the Known World with Mark Smylie by Wendy

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a decade since Mark Smylie gave us the epic military fantasy, Artesia, and it’s been that long since Mark and I met at a little Detroit convention. We fell out of touch over the years, but thanks to a chance encounter on Goodreads, I learned about The Barrow  and have happily jumped back into the Known World. (read more…)

Guest post: Intrigues of The Untheileneise Court by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor begins with my protagonist, Maia, discovering that because of a dreadful airship accident, he is now the Emperor of the Ethuveraz, the Elflands, and must leave the shabby, unhappy hunting lodge where he has grown up and go to court, and much of the novel deals with his culture shock. (read more…)

Interview with Chris Willrich, Author of The Silk Map by Mogsy

Chris Willrich writes fantasy and science fiction, and is best known for his sword-and-sorcery short
fiction about Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone — a pair of lovers, partners in crime, and, far more often than they’d like to admit, heroes. The first novel featuring Gaunt and Bone, THE SCROLL OF YEARS, appeared in September 2013 from Pyr, followed by THE SILK MAP in May 2014
. (read more…)

Discussion with Sarah Lotz: Why Flying Scares Us (And How Writing About It Doesn’t Help)

Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. (read more…)

Interview with Django Wexler: Exploring the Forbidden Library by Mogsy

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. (read more…)

More Than Your Average Zombies: Guest Post by Kenny Soward

When Joe Martin and Tim Marquitz asked me to join them in writing a Wild West zombie series, I jumped at the chance. Not only could I write the type of gritty characters like those in Walking Dead and Deadwood, but I’d finally be able to draft them uniquely. (read more…)

YA Weekend: Review of Lumière and New Author Spotlight: Jacqueline Garlick by Mogsy

Jacqueline was nicknamed “Little Erin” (as in Erin Brockovich) after she took on her school board over being placed in black toxic mould and, well…lost. BUT if she hadn’t lost, she’s still be teaching with no time for writing, which would be the real tragedy because more than anything else in the world Jacqueline loves to write. (read more…)

Interview with Anne Leonard, Author of Moth and Spark by Mogsy

Anne Leonard was born in Chicago and has lived in 8 different states, eventually ending up in California. She graduated with a BA from St. John’s College and went on to get her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. After this came a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University and then a dry spell with no school for about six years before she started law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She wrote the first draft of MOTH AND SPARK while in law school. (read more…)

Interview with Mercedes M. Yardley, Author of Nameless by Mogsy

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. She can
be found in many anthologies and magazines, and is a contributing
editor for Shock Totem Magazine. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in the fall of 2012, and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love came out in September of 2013. Her debut novel, Nameless: The Darkness Comes, came out in January 2014. It is the first book in The Bone Angel Trilogy.
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Step-by-Step with Cover Illustrator Gene Mollica by Wendy

There’s a good chance that, if you’re a Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk and Urban Fantasy reader, you’ve read a book featuring one of Photo-Illustrator Gene Mollica‘s incredible covers. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Gene began his artistic career as a traditional painter, but soon moved into the challenging world of digital media. (read more…)

New Author Spotlight: Daniel Hope by Wendy

Co-founder and now Managing Editor of the online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine, Fiction Vortex, Daniel recently self-published his first novel, a science fiction gem called The Inevitable(read more…)

Cover Lover is a feature originally created by our friend and fellow book blogger, Jaedia at Once Upon A Time. Usually, we chat about covers that strike our fancy, of which The Barrow‘s cover most definitely is one, but Eisner award nominated Author and Artist Mark Smylie, Pyr‘s award-winning Editorial and Art Director Lou Anders and the incredible scifi/fantasy cover Illustrator Gene Mollica have graciously helped me take this feature one giant step further by offering us some insight on the cover design process. (read more…)

f7cb2-ironnightm-l-brennanDesigning a Kitsune: A Guest Post by M.L. Brennan

“One of the earliest decisions I made when I started writing my urban fantasy Generation V was that I was going to be working with vampires. With that one decision, I waded into perhaps the most excessively written and re-written monster in urban fantasy (rivaled only by werewolves, with elves a very distant third), so my next decision was that I needed to balance my vampires out with a monster that was a lot less typical. I also really wanted to work with something that wasn’t out of the Western tradition, and after a little bit of exploration, that led me to the Japanese myth of the kitsune.” (read more…)

It’s one thing to love an author’s books, especially when you recognize how much of themselves they put into their written worlds. It’s something more when you realize that these authors are actually *gasp* real human beings with hopes and dreams and even similar interests! Freya Robertson isn’t shy about her love of gaming and it’s no secret that one of her favourite past times has snuck into her epic fantasy, Heartwood. (read more…)

Interview with E.L. Tettensor, Author of Darkwalker by Mogsy

E.L. Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited fifty countries on five continents, and brought a little something back from each of them to press inside the pages of her books. She lives with her husband in Bujumbura, Burundi. Nicolas Lenoir is the first series by EL Tettensor. (read more…)

I Am an Indie Author, And Proud of It: A Guest Post by Ramsey Isler

“I’ve been in the independent publishing game for a few years now, and I’ve watched the industry grow more respectable. In the past, when I’d meet people and tell them that I self-published, they just assumed my book was crap. Now, some of those same people assume I’m pulling in Amanda Hocking money.  But we indie scribes still have a bit of stigma attached to what we do; we’re still trying to garner as much street cred as indie musicians or film makers, but we’re making great strides.” (read more…

An Interview with Wesley Chu, Author of The Deaths of Tao by Mogsy

Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast. Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials. Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva. (read more…)

How to Train Your Kickstarter: An Interview with Blake Northcott by Wendy

Following the success (and by success, we mean the current top funded project in the Publishing: Fiction category with $35,353 in pledges and 948 backers!) of her first Kickstarter, Arena Mode author Blake Northcott has the perfect brain to pick for Kickstarter advice. The Toronto-based, self-publishing author very kindly took time out of her busy schedule, which includes work on her new Kickstarter, Assault or Attrition, and regular comic book and pop culture contributions to CBS Man Cave Daily, to share her Kickstarter experience with us. (read more...) 

An Interview with Matthew Quinn Martin, Author of Nightlife by BiblioSanctum

Matthew Quinn Martin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. However, it wasn’t until he moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet. (read more…)

An Interview with M.L. Brennan, Author of Generation V by Mogsy

M.L. Brennan cut her baby bibliophile teeth on her older brother’s collection of Isaac Asimov and
Frank Herbert, but it was a chance encounter with Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks as a teenager that led to genre true love. Today she’ll read everything from Mary Roach’s non-fiction to Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasies, but will still drop everything for vampires and werewolves in the big city.
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Building A Broken Empire: An Interview with Mark Lawrence by BiblioSanctumMark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the  field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’. Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY. (read more…)


“The first thing that struck me about Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel was the cover. It’s rare to see a person of colour – and a female at that – as the main protagonist in a science fiction/fantasy story. But in reading the book, I learned that there was far more to Alana Quick. And a lot more to her inspirational creator, Jacqueline Koyanagi.” (read more…)

Interview with Jason M. Hough, Author of The Darwin Elevator by Mogsy

Jason M. Hough (pronounced ‘Huff’) is a former 3D Artist and Game Designer (Metal Fatigue,Aliens
vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). Writing fiction became a
hobby for him in 2007 and quickly turned into an obsession. He started writingTHE DARWIN ELEVATOR in 2008 as a Nanowrimo project, and kept refining the manuscript until 2011 when it sold to Del Rey along with a contract for two sequels. The book released on July 30th in the US and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week.
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New Author Spotlight: Ramsey Isler by Wendy

Ramsey Isler is an author, software developer, and designer who lives in Los Angeles. He currently writes feature articles and media reviews at, an entertainment site that focuses on TV, movies, and video games. Ramsey loves books, anything with circuits and wires, and cats. For fiction, Ramsey usually writes urban fantasy that blends elements of science fiction and suspense. His stories feature young protagonists that are often unsure of themselves, but they find the strength to persevere when faced with extreme circumstances. (read more…)

New Author Spotlight: B.J. Keeton by Mogsy

B.J. Keeton is a writer, blogger, and teacher. When he isn’t trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he writes science fiction, watches an obscene amount of genre television, and is always on the lookout for new ways to integrate pop culture into the classroom. He lives in a small town in Tennessee with his wife and a neighborhood of stray cats. (read more…)

Princeless and Beyond: An Interview with Jeremy Whitley by Wendy

“We’ve read Princeless Volume 1: Save Yourself almost every day since I picked it up at the beginning of the month, so when I told my daughters that I’d be interviewing the creator, Jeremy Whitley, they demanded participation. Izzy (4) was eager to learn about Jeremy’s daughter and proudly show off her hair, which is “poofy” just like Princess Adrienne’s. Ivy (7) cut right to the chase and asked Jeremy why he wrote Princeless.” (read more…)

New Author Spotlight: Robert Evert by Wendy

By day, Robert Evert is an ordinary university professor bent on stamping out ignorance and apathy wherever they may rear their ugly heads. By night, and during various faculty meetings, he is an aspiring fantasy writer. Living in northeast Ohio with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, and a host of imaginary friends, Robert enjoys teaching, yoga, hiking, and writing. (read more…)

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