Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why I Write Fantasy

One of my favorite authors, Patricia C. Wrede, has recently re-released her early books as ebooks and as a part of the marketing campaign her new e-publishers put together a video of the author talking about writing.

I can only say “ditto”…

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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in General Babblery


Are You My Reader?

If you are, you’re someone who wants to get to know yourself — and the rest of the world — better. You love getting inside the head of other people and figuring them out. You understand the importance of choice and look for ways to increase your understanding of the consequences of your own choices.

And while you want the characters you read about to go through tough times as part of their self-discovery journey, you prefer to read stories with a general feeling of lightness and fun. You don’t want utopias or dystopias; you want real people, even though the situations are fantastic.

You like reading fantasy because you want to escape for a bit from your daily life. You love that you have managed to hold onto your sense of wonder and you read to increase its presence in your life. You love discovering new worlds and new ways of living. That said, you’re a stickler for consistency, however, and get annoyed by new worlds that don’t follow their own rules. Because of that, you really enjoy being surprised by the unintended consequences created by these alternative worlds.

Your favorite characters choose action over passiveness because characters who wallow or who merely react to situations don’t interest you. In fact, privileged protagonists who whine about how much their lives suck make you readers want to throw the book across the room. No?

To you, the story is the most important thing. While you appreciate good writing, you don’t want to be bogged down by heavy language, dense descriptions, or overly-complicated plots. However, you do want to be surprised while you’re reading and feel that although you might be able to predict the end of the book, the journey will take you on an unexpected path (but not a full detour because you don’t usually read stories that twist around like a handful of snakes).

While my supposed genre is young-adult fantasy, I suspect that probably over half of you are adults (and most likely women). Like me, you read coming-of-age stories because you want to relive that moment of self-realization and use the youthful energy found in this style of book to feed your need for wonder.

If my books were movies, they’d be fantasy-based romcoms that leave viewers with a lingering smile and a desire to spend more time with the characters, even if you wouldn’t necessarily want the characters as friends.

If you read authors such as Patricia C. Wrede, Sherwood Smith, and Charles de Lint you’ll also likely enjoy my work. In other words, you don’t read to increase your cultural cachet, to get your pulse racing from heart-stopping action scenes, or to wallow in the pointlessness of life. You want to be entertained. You know that although life can suck at times, by making conscious, caring choices, a (usually) happy – and realistic – ending is always possible.


Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Featured, General Babblery