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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.

Why fandom matters now more than ever

by Gail Z. Martin Now, when the world feels more hostile and frightening than it has in a long time, I believe fandom (the creators and organizers who enable it, as well as the fans who participate) is more important … Continue reading

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Starting a Series from Scratch

by Gail Z. Martin Nothing is more intimidating than a blank screen or an empty page. I don’t care how many books you write, I’m not sure it ever gets any less scary to sit down and stare at that … Continue reading

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Which Comes First–Character or World?

by Gail Z. Martin Ask three writers how they do their worldbuilding, and you’ll get four opinions. Maybe more, if our characters get to give their own answers. That is to say, there’s no wrong way to worldbuild as long … Continue reading

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Getting Real with Trifles and Folly

by Gail Z. Martin At the heart of my urban fantasy series Deadly Curiosities is the antique store Trifles and Folly. Trifles and Folly has been run by members of my main character’s family since Charleston, SC was founded nearly … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication

by Gail Z. Martin In today’s market, authors have more choices than ever before on how to bring their book to readers. Traditional big publishers, small press, self-publishing–what’s an author to do? Each path to publication has pros and cons. … Continue reading

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Researching the Macabre

by Gail Z. Martin When people ask me ‘where do you get your ideas for your books’, I’m never sure whether they are curious about my writing habits or checking to make sure I haven’t been stashing bodies in my … Continue reading

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Happy Winterstide!

By Gail Z. Martin I hope however you spend the Solstice season, that you are warm and well. October and November were a little crazed finishing up the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign—100 sci-fi and fantasy authors blogging about their own experiences with … Continue reading

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In the Dark Hours of the Night–a #HoldOnToTheLight guest post by Charles E. Gannon

Hold On To The Light is probably advice that all of us c/should live by. But for those whose lives have been harrowed by one or more mental/emotional/behavioral challenges, this phrase achieves the status—and significance—of a mantra. Because in the … Continue reading

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The Other End of the Situation–A #HoldOnToTheLight guest post by Stuart Jaffe

When I was first asked to write this blog post for #HoldOntoTheLight, I agreed without hesitation. Then I tried to write this thing. But it hurt, so I put it away. I tried again, sitting in my office, thinking, staring … Continue reading

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Unlocked–a #HoldOnToTheLight guest post from Tracy Chowdhury

“Are you big, hairy, and scary?” I’ll never forget those words as long as I live, words asked to me by the meanest girl in my class back in 5th, maybe 6th grade. I don’t really recall anymore since I’ve … Continue reading

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