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Building A Fantasy World – The Magic of Genre Fiction

  Many thanks to The Cover by Brittany for originally hosting this post on her blog.    Some fantasy authors cringe at the topic of world-building, but actually, it’s one of the most thrilling aspects of writing genre fiction. When we write fantasy, we become the Maker of Worlds. We establish our world’s limitations, its physical barriers,. . . Read More


Why everyone should read Fantasy

  “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson  We are what we read. In big ways and small, the books, articles and even social commentary that we ingest fuels our thinking like vegetables of the mind. Some never. . . Read More


This is the space, this is the place

Here it is, your first sneak peak from The Dagger of Adendigaeth, A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 2!    Chapter One   “Nobility is birthed not of blood but of the heart.” – Gydryn val Lorian, King of Dannym   The temple of the Prophet Bethamin in Tambarré was built upon the ruins. . . Read More


My Journey into Writing Fantasy

  This is an excerpt from my post on Fiction Frolic for All Hallow’s Read. Check it out to see how ten authors are banding together to raise 1000 books for literacy!     Reading has always been an irreplaceable part of my life. I’ve my grandmother to thank for this, for it was she who. . . Read More


Exploring Tropes – The Ultimate Evil Dark Lord

The word trope is defined in most dictionaries as “a word or expression used in a figurative sense,” but trope has become reinterpreted in today’s vernacular to refer to an often overused plot device.   The conflict inherent in tropes as they apply to genre literature is that many of these selfsame conventions are the. . . Read More


Fiction Frolic for All Hallows Read

  For the first 3 weeks of October, myself and nine amazing authors have pooled our creative resources into a promotional event to support the tradition originated by Neil Gaiman of giving a book or a scary story away each Halloween. You can read more about All Hallow’s Read here.     Our goal is to raise 1000. . . Read More