Putting It Right, At Last: Must Read Women Authors in Fantasy
 

Must Read Women Authors in Fantasy

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Worlds Within Worlds – Part One: Writing a Good Game into a Good Book
 

Worlds Within Worlds

Part One: Writing Games in Your Book

 
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
 

The Heart of What Was Lost

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Writing Multi-Layered Narratives

Writing Multi-Layered Narratives 

Ideas Are Easy There’s a joke about writers: never ask them where they get their ideas from. The question might be met with a roll of the eyes, and the answers you get are often tongue-in-cheek (a PO Box in Poughkeepsie is a classic). The reason for this is pretty straightforward – it’s exactly the […]

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Music To Write Science Fiction By

Music To Write Science Fiction By 

I listen to music when I write. For each novel, I make a playlist lasting up to twelve hours, and then listen to it repeatedly throughout composition. In the case of The Destructives, I made a second playlist to impart a different tone to the final third of the novel. One way of talking about […]

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Heroines on the Edge

Heroines on the Edge 

Lalla Paul, the main character of The Ship, isn’t born a heroine. It might be the end of the world, what with the military government periodically bombing the hell out of unregistered citizens, but she still lives with her parents in a flat in London, has enough to eat and is taken to the British […]

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5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab

5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab 

V.E. Schwab is an author comfortable writing all kinds of stories. Over the years, these tales have included those for young readers within secondary worlds, a dark story of super villains on a collision course, a supernatural exploration into personal legacy beyond death and plenty more besides. Whereas V.E. Schwab’s previous novels had been successful and highly regarded, A Darker […]

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My Experience Publishing With Angry Robot

My Experience Publishing With Angry Robot 

Today, Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan coming from Angry Robot in March, has been kind enough to share his journey from a short story writer struggling with rejections to published novelist. In addition to being a damned good writer (I’ve read United States of Japan and thought it was excellent: in equal parts beautiful, […]

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Five Legendary Swords of Fantasy Fiction

Five Legendary Swords of Fantasy Fiction 

This was meant to be a post about five legendary weapons of Fantasy fiction – but when I started counting them off on my fingers, there were other styles of weapon, sure, but by far and away the greatest number of any one kind were swords. Heck, if I wanted, I could just stick with […]

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When Does Magic Stop Being Magical?

When Does Magic Stop Being Magical? 

Many years ago, I did a bit of role-playing. I played various characters in that time, but my favourite one – and the one I advanced to the highest level – was a mage. I remember a particular game when my party was planning to go treasure hunting in a trap-infested dungeon. As you do. […]

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Dragon Hunters Cover Reveal & Notes from Marc Turner

Dragon Hunters Cover Reveal & Notes from Marc Turner 

We here at Fantasy-Faction are delighted to be revealing the cover of the latest Chronicles of the Exile novel by Marc Turner today. When I was first invited to do the cover reveal for the novel called  ‘Dragon Hunters’ I was of course hoping for some kind of badass Dragon to be involved… and I certainly wasn’t disappointed… […]

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I Never Planned To Be A Novelist…

I Never Planned To Be A Novelist… 

I never planned on becoming a novelist, it’s just something I sort of fell into. I have no training as a creative writing and I had never tried my hand at fiction before the little bubble of the Warden’s voice sprung into my head early one morning while I was drinking my fourth cup of […]

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Five Favourite Wizards – Guest Blog by Stephen Aryan

Five Favourite Wizards – Guest Blog by Stephen Aryan 

Battlemage is an epic fantasy story where overt magic is front and centre, with powerful men and women able to change the very course of the war that has swept across a large part of the world. It is influenced by many modern and classic fantasy novels and I wanted to share some of my […]

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The Hybrid Writer – Guest Blog by Gail Z. Martin

The Hybrid Writer – Guest Blog by Gail Z. Martin 

Once upon a time, you wrote a book, sent it to a publisher, and lived happily ever after. Now, it’s complicated. There are traditional, big publishers like the Big 5 in New York, ‘small press’ publishers which range from medium-bigger publishers to micro presses, and self-publishing. In today’s marketplace, if you’re serious about making a […]

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The Cake is a Lie: Why Winning Isn’t Always a Happy Ending

The Cake is a Lie: Why Winning Isn’t Always a Happy Ending 

Sometimes I suspect I’m not truly American, because I harbor a dark secret. Unlike most of my countryfolk, I don’t much care for the neat, syrupy, happy ending. It just doesn’t do it for me. Oh, sure, we all need some escapism. Life can be awful, and in reality every life is a tragedy because […]

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