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About disq2332

I'm Gail Z. Martin and I write epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk--so far! My newest series is Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst. I'm also the author for the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series and co-authored with my husband, Larry N. Martin, the steampunk series Iron & Blood.

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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Terra Incognita—Heading into a new Epic Series

By Gail Z. Martin I’m very excited to have a new epic fantasy series coming out from Solaris in 2017. I’ve been referring to it as the Epically-Epic Epic Fantasy That Cannot Yet Be Named (or E3F for short) because … Continue reading

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Collections and Obsessions

By Gail Z. Martin Collections weird me out. Whenever I hear about someone who has the ‘world’s biggest collection of’ fill-in-the-blank, I get a little cold chill down my spine, because dedicated collectors are obsessive, and coming from my viewpoint … Continue reading

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The Voodoo and Hoodoo that You Do

By Gail Z. Martin My Deadly Curiosities dark urban fantasy series of books, novellas and short stories is set in Charleston, SC. Charleston is a beautiful city with a bloody past, one of the oldest cities in the United Sates, … Continue reading

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Defying Categories

by Gail Z. Martin Writers, like actors can get pigeon-holed. If you’re very successful writing one type of fiction, publishers, agents and readers want you to continue to write that same type of fiction, sometimes indefinitely. While it’s great to … Continue reading

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Mining History

by Gail Z. Martin How can you ever get writers’ block when there’s history?  History is the ultimate reality show. It’s the best gossip in the world. Once you get past the pallid caricatures of historical figures presented in high … Continue reading

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Writing Real People into Your Fiction

by Gail Z. Martin If you’re going to use real people in your fiction, make it easy on yourself and be sure they’re dead. Dead people don’t have as many rights as living people (or corporations). Public figures have fewer … Continue reading

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Making Magic: Creating a Magical System

by Gail Z. Martin How does a writer go about creating a magical system when magic isn’t ‘real’? Fortunately, we have centuries worth of books, letters, writings and documents detailing all kinds of magical systems by people who believed them … Continue reading

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