I was astonished and utterly delighted to discover that my nearly-20-year-old novel “The Secrets of Jin-Shei” still has wings – it has been picked as the read-along book by Matthew,…Continue readingA well-loved book
In the beginning, the author created… When I first began writing historical fantasy, I was inspired by times and places rooted in our own familiar world – but leavened…Continue readingHow to build a world
Hard cover of U.S. HarperCollins edition An ebook version of “The Secrets of Jin-shei”, a historical fantasy that I wrote in a white heat in 2002, was released this year…Continue readingThe “Blessed Book”
A few years back, a blog called ‘Universal Historicals’ interviewed me and asked some of the most interesting questions I’ve ever been asked. Some excerpts: What’s the one thing that…Continue readingInside a writer’s mind
“Dune” did it to incredible effect. Asimov’s Foundation series did it beautifully. There are other books where this was used to enhance and deepen the worldbuilding. I am talking about…Continue readingWhy epigraphs?
Alma’s Bookshelf: “The Secrets of Jin-shei” One of a series of essays on writing referencing my own books for examples — I spend half my life living in dreams, in…Continue readingALL fiction is fantasy
From Lovereading infographic The Lovereading site explains that they love epic books with swathes of characters creating a wonderfully complex plot, but ask rather plaintively: “Sometimes is it all too…Continue readingToo many characters?