E.P. Clark's work was so thought-provoking, I had to interview her.
Ed McDonald runs an experiment that exposes bias toward male characters. We've heard this before...and it still rings true to this author.
Wow! Tremendous thanks to Cassiopeia’s Moon for including Vic and A WIZARD’S FORGE in her “Fight Like a YA Girl” list. We’re very honored.
Be prepared for a lot of tips on strong female leads…
So I was not tagged by The Book Prophet to match YA girls to some descriptions, but I saw her do it and really want to do it. I just really hope I’ve read enough YA to have enough characters… Tend to read everything from children’s fantasy to adult fantasy so it might be a challenge. Let’s see how it goes!
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
- Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below
- Tag as many people as you’d like!
It is so important for everyone to see examples of strong women in books, television, and movies. There are so many ways in which women exhibit strength, so this tag is meant to be a celebration of some those strengths.
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Nicola at Thoughts on Fantasy puts together an absolutely brilliant instruction manual on how to make a cliched fantasy book cover. #Designtip!
I’m not averse to a few fantasy clichés on a book cover – they let me know at a glance that I’m looking at a fantasy fiction novel, and can be nice if used in creative or appealing ways. As with all clichés, however, they become eye-roll-worthy when used en masse, i.e. when several standard tropes are all packed into the one artwork. If a book tries to cover too many bases, it can start to look a little silly.
I’ve encountered a few covers that take it a bit far, but I thought it’d be amusing to go even further, and have a bit of fun with the tropes of my favourite genre… so here is my recipe for a no-holds-barred, all-boxes-ticked, epic high fantasy book cover (accompanied by examples from the most clichéd design I can muster). I’m no graphic designer, but I imagine that will add a…
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About a year ago, I met a young author named J.L. Gribble who reminded me so much of myself I began calling her my Internet doppelganger. After an exchange of books and author interviews, we became friends, and I was thrilled to be asked to host J.L. here on my blog. The Steel Empires series … Continue reading Victory Takes Center Stage–a Guest Post by J.L. Gribble
How is it that a month has passed since my last blog! Well, I've been busy putting A Wizard's Forge in book shows, picking up an award medal, and doing a partial preview release of A Wizard's Sacrifice on RoyalRoad. Take a walk backward through my calendar of the past several weeks. Gettysburg I just … Continue reading News from the Front Lines, or Where Have I Been the Past Month?
Basic research often doesn't have an immediately apparent value, but scientific knowledge is incremental, and minute discoveries in one field often have a butterfly effect and can lead to major innovations decades later.
Vic’s troubles and how she deals with them should inspire some rousing debate. Go chill the wine and prepare yourself with some cool intel to drop on your friends.
Knownearth, the world of A Wizard’s Forge, has complex power structures, both magical and political.
Not every reader will know the difference. Not all readers know about the minutia of a particular historical period. However, that doesn’t lessen the importance of research and getting it right.