Writing, Between Parent and Child

- by Elaine Isaak

My beloved elder child cannot write a paragraph to save her life.  I, a professional fiction writer, am perpetually mystified by this.  I know that it’s common for parents to have children with different skill sets, and for this divide to cause consternation on both sides. It helps when the parent recognizes the child’s actual […]

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A World of Wizards

- by E. C. Ambrose

No doubt many of you are familiar with Clarke’s law:  any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  It’s been speculated that one reason why science fiction as a genre has lost some ground to fantasy is that we seem to be living in an age of magic.  With all of the extraordinary technologies at […]

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Structuring the Series for Fantasy Authors

- by E. C. Ambrose

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is how you go about creating, not a single book, but a coherent series. Fantasy readers love series books.  Once they get excited about a world and its inhabitants, they like to go inside and shut the door, living in there for book after book:  as long as […]

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Cramming Fantasy into History

- by E. C. Ambrose

Part of the fun of writing historical fantasy is seeking out historical events and combining them with my own ideas to create something new, and hopefully, engaging for the audience.  I once heard a historical fiction author describe the work as like “doing card tricks in the dark.”  The trouble with historical fiction is that, […]

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