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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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What I’m Up To

by Gail Z. Martin I often get asked, “what are you up to now”—and here are the answers, as I gave them to Solaris books for the launch of a new anthology, Magic, which features one of my short stories, … Continue reading

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“When Magic Goes Off The Grid”

by Gail Z. Martin If you’ve ever lived through an extended power outage, you know how inconvenient, scary and dangerous it can be when the power grid goes down.  Without electric power, food spoils, buildings get too cold or too … Continue reading

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The End of the World As We Know It

by Gail Z. Martin My newest book, The Dread: Book Two in The Fallen Kings Cycle, confronts a medieval world on the brink of a “War of Unmaking.”  Plague, famine, civilian unrest, pretenders to the throne, usurpers, traitors and a … Continue reading

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