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…)
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 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…)
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 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 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…)
An 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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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 LawrenceMSchoen.com and @KlingonGuy. (read more…)
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 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…)
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 is the author of Mystic, a filmmaker, and the founder of Dragonmount.com, 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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 & 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’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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Recently, I came across an article by Justin Landon on Tor.com [http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/book-review-the-broken-eye-brent-weeks] that made me sit up and say Yes. (read more…)
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…)
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…)
New Author Spotlight: Daniel Hope by Wendy
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…)
“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…)
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…)that
Ramsey Isler is an author, software developer, and designer who lives in Los Angeles. He currently writes feature articles and media reviews at IGN.com, 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