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Women and the Apocalypse

by Gail Z. Martin In my new novel Ice Forged, a medieval post-apocalyptic story, I find that women of every circumstance play a very important role in what happens after the world “ends.” Blaine McFadden, my main character, sacrifices his … Continue reading

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Fantasy Faction interview – questions for Gail Z. Martin

by Gail Z. Martin Many people will know you as the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series (beginning with THE SUMMONER) or the more recent Fallen Kings Cycle set in the same world. The new Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, … Continue reading

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5 Rules for Surviving the End of the World

by Gail Z. Martin My newest novel, Ice Forged, takes place in a post-apocalyptic medieval world.  As the book cover proclaims, “Their world is ending: the adventure is just beginning.”  With the Mayan Apocalypse so recently in memory as one … Continue reading

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What’s in a World?

by Gail Z. Martin World building is arguably the most fun—and most difficult—part of writing.  Get it right, and your world becomes as memorable as your stories and characters, a place that lives on in the imagination of your readers, … Continue reading

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Why I Still Write About Heroes

by Gail Z. Martin We live in a cynical, jaded age.  There aren’t a lot of heroes left unsullied.  Sports icons turn out to be hiding secrets.  Celebrities are mere mortals.  Politicians—well, don’t even get me started on that one.  … Continue reading

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Middle Ages Crisis: Apocalypse Then

by Gail Z. Martin Usually when we think of a middle age crisis, we picture sports cars, trophy wives or plastic surgery.   And when we think of apocalyptic adventures, they tend to be set in the here-and-now. I tend to … Continue reading

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Characters of Questionable Virtue

by Gail Z. Martin (Reposted from an interview with Double-Dragon Publishing) Q:  What’s so attractive about characters of questionable virtue? A:  If you want to be truthful, I think everyone has questionable virtue depending on the circumstances.  It’s said that … Continue reading

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“On the Edge”

by Gail Z. Martin Ice Forged, which debuts in January, is my seventh epic fantasy novel, and it’s definitely the darkest and edgiest so far. In Ice Forged, my main character Blaine McFadden is exiled to a prison colony at … Continue reading

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The Fun of Short Fiction

by Gail Z. Martin Q:  Other than word count, what’s the biggest difference between writing “big fat fantasy” novels and short stories. A:  In a novel that runs 500 or more pages, there’s a lot of room for setting the … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Gail Z. Martin

by Gail Z. Martin (reprinted from the Solaris Books site) Q:  Your short stories are all set in a magical world that’s different from your books.  Can you give us a quick introduction? A:  The stories I’ve written so far … Continue reading

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