Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Friday marked the onset of winter and the turning of the year. And although this is the darkest, deadest time of year, it is also the beginning of the new year. Not entirely coincidentally, I have recently become obsessed with a genre that I’ll call “Viking Rock,” for want of a […]Read more "Winter is Here! Viking Rock, Free Books, and Other Fun Things"
Lads, lads, lads! By which I mean mainly ladies. It’s here! It’s finally here! The official launch of The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is upon us, and in celebration of that, it’s free on Kindle December 15-19. Grab a free copy of TDLIII for Kindle here. And as always, a huge thanks to reviewers past, present, […]Read more "Giving More Than You Take: Fantasy and Philosophy (And Free New Books!)"
Today is the day! Yes indeed! It’s finally here! Nearly four years after she first appeared on the page, Valya is finally officially published! The Dreaming Land I is free on Kindle for a limited time here. There’s also a paperback version if your bent runs that way. Last I checked it was already climbing the charts […]Read more "It’s here! The Dreaming Land I is officially launched into orbit!"
Last time I talked about how I incorporated the character of Baba Yaga into my novels. But she is hardly the only Russian fairy tale character I have repurposed for my own ends. The one who appears in all three of the mini-series that comprise The Zemnian Series, and who was one of my favorite as […]Read more "Thrown to the Wolves: Writing Russian Fairy Tales into Contemporary Fantasy"
Before I jump into the meat of this post, I have a request! One that should be pretty simple and easy to fulfill. The official release date of The Dreaming Land isn’t until September 22, AKA the equinox, but I’ve already published the paperback of Book 1 so that people can start posting reviews. So if you […]Read more "Was Baba Yaga Really So Bad, Anyway?"
I’m currently reading Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s A Girl Behind Dark Glasses, about her experience as a teenager with severe ME/CFS. I’m interested in her story not just because, as someone with a chronic illness, I’m interested in the stories of other people with chronic illnesses, but because, like most people in her situation, she has to try […]Read more "Tripping Out: Writing About Altered Perceptions"
My characters are not only imaginary, they exist in an imaginary fantasy world. But they still have real-world prototypes or examples. Although I thought them up on my own, I’ve found some real-world examples of what they might look or be like. My main country in The Zemnian Trilogy is, of course, Zem’ (“Earth” or “Land”). But […]Read more "Fantasy characters come to life! With music videos, sword dancing, and free books!"