Frankly, I’ve always been terrified by the thought of writing historical fiction because of how much research need to be done in order to get the time, setting and characters right. I’ve had a big enough challenge with contemporary fiction whether it was constructing an imaginary a realistic Italian estate in Saving the Griffin or learning the proper … More Writing Historical Fiction
Ever since I was third or fourth grade, Christmas has meant new books. And new books usually meant new places to travel from Middle Earth to Prince Edward Island. For this holiday season, I had the chance to visit Llyvraneth in Elizabeth C. Bunce’s STAR CROSSED. It wound up being a seasonal book as well since … More Holiday Reading
First Page Panda is a relatively new blog that shares the first pages of new novels. SUSPECT was posted today. This does look like a great place to taste books by familiar and unfamiliar authors.
I ran across a new fantasy designation today. Of course, it could have been knocking around for awhile, but here is how Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of CURSE DARK AS GOLD, put it: “Historical fantasy” means my work is inspired by real places and cultures of the past, but with fantastical, otherworldly, or magical elements. … More Historical Fantasy
Megan Whalen Turner has updated her website. In it, you can find pictures, podcast and interviews. But this link will take you directly to a short story out about a much younger Gen.
I’m afraid that I didn’t discover the fantastic writer Peter Dickinson until Robin McKinley married him. Since then, I’ve enjoyed his novels like THE ROPEMAKER and the story collections that he’s written with his wife. You’ll find a lovely interview with him here.
Pronouncing unfamiliar characters names is always a challenge. Part of the reason for this is that English is such a confusing language. For example, you can make the “ah” sound with an “o” or an “a”. After living in Italy for three years, I got into the habit of using their much simpler system. a: … More Pronouncing Character Names