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Well Begun is Half Done (Especially with Writing!)

by Gail Z. Martin How do you know where your story begins? Doesn’t it begin at, well, the beginning? Not necessarily—at least, not that the reader needs to know. My new book, Ice Forged, begins with a murder.  It’s important … Continue reading

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Dreaming Up the End of the World

by Gail Z. Martin A blank page is always daunting, no matter how much opportunity it presents. I don’t know if it ever stops being scary when you start writing a brand new book in a new world with new … Continue reading

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Dark Fantasy vs. Horror—Where’s the Line?

by Gail Z. Martin Several years ago, there was a commercial for a chocolate/peanut butter product where a man eating peanut butter out of a jar bumped into a man eating a chocolate bar. “You got peanut butter on my … Continue reading

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The View from Outside the YA Fence

by Gail Z. Martin At book signings, I frequently am asked, “What age reader is your book right for?” That’s a hard one.  It depends on the reader.   So I ask, “What age is the reader you have in mind?” … Continue reading

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Facebook Fandom: Social Media, Authors and Readers

by Gail Z. Martin Not so very long ago, if you wanted to let an author know how much you enjoyed his/her book, you had to write a letter and mail it to the author in care of his/her publisher, … Continue reading

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A Method to the Madness

by Gail Z. Martin Anne asked me to write about my process for writing. Which made me stop and think: Do I have a process?  And if I do, can I explain it? Here’s where I wish I could launch … Continue reading

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5 Things I’ve Learned from Book Signings

by Gail Z. Martin As you read this, I’m making appearances in a lot of book stores and conventions for the launch of my new book, Ice Forged.  I like doing signings and readings, because they’re a nice change from … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned the Hard Way About Book Marketing

by Gail Z. Martin My first book, The Summoner, was also the launch title for a brand new fiction imprint, Solaris Books, a UK-based publisher that was a subsidiary of Warhammer giant Games Workshop.  No one had heard of Solaris … Continue reading

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The Day After the End of the World

by Gail Z. Martin What happens on the day after the world ends? As in most apocalyptic scenarios, the “end of the world” doesn’t necessarily mean the planet has been blown into smithereens.  More likely, something has radically altered the … Continue reading

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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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