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Necromancy Light and Dark

by Gail Z. Martin I mostly write about necromancers who are good guys. Tris Drayke, the main character in my Chronicles of the Necromancer/Fallen Kings Cycle series, struggles to control his power as he rises to be the strongest Summoner … Continue reading

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Cursed Objects and Haunted Relics

by Gail Z. Martin “Look but don’t touch.” If you ever find yourself in one of my fictional worlds, that’s good advice. Personally, I blame my fascination with cursed and haunted objects on a childhood spent being dragged around to … Continue reading

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Beginning, Ending and Extending Book Series

by Gail Z. Martin With six different book series in various stages, it seems like I’m always contemplating beginnings, endings and extensions. I’ve got a new epic fantasy series coming out in 2017 from Solaris Books (which I’m not allowed … Continue reading

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Swords and Shotguns: Writing Characters in Epic and Urban Fantasy

by Gail Z. Martin People are people–how much of a difference does a couple hundred of years make? A lot–and less than you might think. I write epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and co-authored with Larry N. Martin, steampunk. That’s … Continue reading

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Making the Magic Work: Epic Fantasy and Urban Fantasy

by Gail Z. Martin Epic fantasy is medieval, full of sweeping battles, world-altering conspiracies, and the rise and fall of kingdoms and civilizations, reminiscent of real history and yet altered. Urban fantasy brings the supernatural into something akin to our … Continue reading

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Top Down, Bottom Up–The View Depends on the Perspective

by Gail Z. Martin Same kingdom, different perspective. And what a difference that makes. In The Summoner, the first book of my Chronicles of the Necromancer series, main character  Tris Drayke survives assassins sent by his half-brother, Jared, who has … Continue reading

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Coming Home Again: Returning to a Series When You’re Not Who You Were

by Gail Z. Martin The Shadowed Path is the first book-length return to my world of The Summoner, in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series, in five years.  That makes it a homecoming of sorts, and coming home after a … Continue reading

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Epic Fantasy: More Than Just Swords

by Gail Z. Martin What makes epic fantasy so … epic? Some of it is scope. Epic fantasy series tend to think big: the rise and fall of kingdoms, the machinations of kings, huge battles, the fate of the world … Continue reading

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Extending Book Series with Extra Episodes

by Gail Z. Martin TV shows go on hiatus between seasons, but what do you call the time between when novels come out in an ongoing series? (OK, most of the time, what we readers call that break doesn’t use … Continue reading

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The Long Road to The Shadowed Path

by Gail Z. Martin Some stories are a long time in coming. The Summoner launched my Chronicles of the Necromancer series back in 2007. Right now, there are six novels in that series (including the two Fallen Kings Cycle books … Continue reading

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