I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.
For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.
BA in fiction writing.
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.
Writing is as natural to me as breathing. I love the joy of creating, and of course, knowing that others have enjoyed my creations.
Only to become better and better. Well, okay... wider recognition for my books would be nice, too.
I honestly feel that writing well is a skill that anyone can learn. There's less "talent" needed than people might think.
I always try to incorporate controversial and provocative topics into my novels. Challenging peoples' conventions is great!
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That's not a simple question to answer. A lot depends on who the people are and how you portray them. In general, broadly speaking, you can use real people in fiction. Celebrities often show up on
Sandra, I would be FAR more concerned with the content of the stories rather than the title. If, in fact, the stories you were told as a child were tales from this series of books, that's immediate cause
Really not easy to determine what you can get away with. As I said, there's an outlet for damn near anything. And as for what will work, truth is, just about anything can work if you do it right. I know
No, I don't really keep current on what publishers are looking for, these days. I've got my little rut and I sort of keep to it. :) And you're absolutely right: finding that line between too much and
Jan: From the writing perspective: I think most authors vent a lot of their passions and, sure, perversions into their work. I know there's a lot of "me" in my books, and that includes lots of "outside
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