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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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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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