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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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Turning Back to Epic Fantasy

by David B. Coe Like Gail, I have written in several fantasy subgenres over the course of my career, most recently taking on contemporary urban fantasy (with my Case Files of Justis Fearsson trilogy) and historical urban fantasy (with the … Continue reading

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DragonCon is this coming weekend!

DragonCon is this coming weekend—and I’ll be there! Here’s where to find me: Friday 11:30 a.m. Effective Promotion for Writers Embassy CD Hyatt 2 pm Signing at The Missing Volume in the Vendor Hall 2-3 pm Larry N. Martin will … Continue reading

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Revealing the Magic Trick

by Stuart Jaffe From time to time, I get asked how something like the Max Porter mysteries came to be.  How did I come up with the idea of mixing true, odd, North Carolina history with witches, ghosts, curses, and … Continue reading

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I love superheroes.

By James Maxey I love superheroes. Like most people, this started when I was a kid. I’d watch the Superfriends on Saturday morning. I got excited at the I Love Lucy episode that guest starred Superman. Later, the Hulk and … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

by Jennifer St. Giles What lies beyond our ability to see and touch? Have you visited a spirit laden battleground? Have you sensed the ghosts in a haunted house? Have you seen an aura of goodness glowing around a person … Continue reading

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2016 Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour is Bigger and Better Than Ever!

It’s time for the annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour to celebrate new books  plus share some guest posts, do some fun giveaways and online parties and connect! What’s all the fuss about? Well, two new books and more! The Shadowed … Continue reading

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