Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Haunting of Charleston: Setting Deadly Curiosities in the Real World

By Gail Z. Martin My new urban fantasy novel, Deadly Curiosities, is set in modern-day Charleston, SC. Charleston is one of the most-visited tourist cities in the U.S., and it deserves its fame. It’s an old city in a young … Continue reading

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What We Collect

By Gail Z. Martin In my new book Deadly Curiosities, Cassidy Kincaide is the proprietor of Trifles and Folly, a 350 year-old antique and curio shop that exists to get dangerous magical items off the market. Behind the idea of … Continue reading

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Why Short Fiction Still Matters

By Gail Z. Martin Not too long ago, short fiction terrified me. I didn’t flinch at a contract requiring 175,000 words, but 8000 – 10,000? Horrors! Then a friend invited me to be in her anthology, and I said yes—with … Continue reading

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Sometimes Someone’s Gots to Die: Killing Off Fictional Characters

by Donald J. Bingle Many years ago, an amateur graphologist told a business colleague that I was, based on my signature, a serial killer. When she assured the gentleman that she knew the signer of the document and that I … Continue reading

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In Praise of Escapism

By Gail Z. Martin I read a lot of both fiction and non-fiction. When I read non-fiction, I read to learn and sometimes that takes me into unhappy or unpleasant territory. Many a time when I’ve finished a non-fiction book … Continue reading

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Haunted Heirlooms

By Gail Z. Martin Anything you keep for sentimental reasons has a hint of haunt to it. Deadly Curiosities, my new urban fantasy novel from Solaris Books, is centered around a 350 year-old antique and curio shop that exists to … Continue reading

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Audiobooks 101: The Basics

By T.W. Fendley Earlier this year, two things prompted me to take a closer look at how to create audiobook versions of my books. First, as a reader, I’m a big fan—of the 58 books I’ve read so far this … Continue reading

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Why Book Covers Still Matter

by Gail Z. Martin Back when the only place to get books was in bookstores, browsing the shelves for new and interesting covers could be a pleasant Saturday afternoon pastime. Even before bookstores added coffee shops, it was easy to … Continue reading

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Telling Feminist Stories from a Male Point of View

I enjoy writing stories about strong female characters. My characters aren’t the kind that shoot first and ask questions later (although they do defend themselves and their loved ones when necessary). They tend to be intelligent and strong-willed, with their … Continue reading

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