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How do authors create major characters for their novels from scratch?

In answer to a Quora.com question: For me there are essentially three ways novels are born. When I start a novel, I start with an interesting: Character. If this is how your brain works, the question (how to create the major characters) is already partly answered. Ask yourself: what does she want? What is stopping her from […]

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How do I write a character that is emotionally traumatized without making the character boring?

In answer to a Quora.com question: In this case, don’t tell me the character is emotionally traumatized, especially by having him ponder it inside his own head. Instead, show me the effects of that traumatization. Especially show me how it is important to the story. If it has no effect on how the narrative unfolds, ask yourself why the […]

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FyreCon 2018!

Once again I’ll be appearing at Fyrecon, Thursday-Sunday, June 21-23. Weber State University campus, Layton, Utah. Fyrecon is a three day conference on the Art and Writing of Science Fiction and Fantasy that offers over 180 workshops and classes facilitated by published authors and working artists. Fyrecon also features four and eight hour master classes […]

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Cover Reveal! Johnny Worthen’s “The Finger Trap”

Johnny Worthen’s fun new comic noire, The Finger Trap. Available for pre-order now! http://tinyurl.com/nka8rtp Read all about it on Johnny’s site: http://johnnyworthen.com/TFT.html

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Author Gail Williams Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

Author Gail Williams and I both have stories in the Steampunk anthology Steel & Bone (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is Sindisiwe: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale. Hers is The Steel Inside: Darkness lurks in Sarah’s forgotten past, kept hidden by those […]

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Author John M. Olsen Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

     Author John M. Olsen and I both have stories in the Steampunk anthology Steel & Bone (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is Sindisiwe: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale. His is Revolutionary: A dirigible captain goes down with his ship, […]

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Author Neve Talbot Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

Author Neve Talbot and I both have stories in “Mechanized Masterpieces 2: American Anthology” (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is “Nautilus Redux“. Hers is “West End”: A heartbroken Theodore Laurence follows the siren song of steam to Jamaica, where love and law collide with explosive results. 1. What is your favorite word? Serendipity. It has a […]

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The new faces of Joanne Kershaw’s “Fated”

One of my favorite authors and friends, the incomparable Joanne Kershaw, has just completed her Vanguard Legacy trilogy. What’s more, this incredibly prolific author has produced all three volumes, Foretold, Reflected, and Fated, in barely as many years. Believe me, that’s impressive. She recently played a little game we authors sometimes amuse ourselves with: picking actors with the faces […]

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Author M.K. Wiseman Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

M. K. Wiseman and I both have stories in “Mechanized Masterpieces 2: American Anthology” (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is “Nautilus Redux“. Hers is “The Silver Scams”: A fast-talking confidence man ensnares all of Holland in his scheme to eliminate dikes forever . . . for a price. 1. What is your favorite word? Fantastic. Can’t […]

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Author D. Lee Jortner Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

D. Lee Jortner and I both have stories in Mechanized Masterpieces 2: American Anthology, a collection of Steampunk take-offs on classics of American literature being released February 28, 2015. My story is “Nautilus Redux” (Nemo meets Ahab). Hers is “Payoff For Air Pirate Pete”: A pair of train-robbing outlaws bite off more than they can […]

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