5 Reasons to Write Fantasy

Fantasy is definitely one of those genres that doesn't have a lot of credibility outside of its own sphere. For most of the world around us, they wonder why we waste our time. Fantasy is at turns an escape, demonic, frivolous, immature, nerdy...but most certainly not literary, and not worth any real consideration.

For those of us who write it, though, we can't imagine writing anything else. So if you're an "outsider" and looking maybe to come inside, here's 5 reasons to write fantasy -- which, oftentimes, will be enough reason to read it too.

Starting Out as a Writer - 5 Things You Need to Know

When I started out as a writer in 1994, I was too young to care what I was getting myself into. Probably a lot of you are the same way. I'm not sure how many people hit their 20s, 30s, or 40s and suddenly think "hmmm, I think I'll be a writer." There may be some. For this post, though, I'm going to hand out some advice for people who are starting out calling themselves writers -- who are starting to take that title more seriously, and what they can expect along the way.

Inspiration to My Writing

I have heard of authors - and other creative types - who can't stand the question: "so, what's your inspiration?" Granted, maybe when you're famous or if you are über-creative, you get asked this question SO much, and you can't quite grasp at an answer, that it drives you mad.

Fortunately for you all, I am neither famous nor über-creative (but I have fun). And I love answering this question.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Becoming A Self-Published Author

I checked what today's topic was supposed to be, and let out a loud "hmmm." This one's a doozy, folks. Grab a tea or coffee and settle in. Let me tell you a little story.

What Does My Office Look Like?

Quick update, for those who noticed I did NOT post last weekend: my wife and I took a last-minute little trip out to a cabin in the woods for our 1-year anniversary, which is why I wasn't here on Saturday. So sorry!! We're going to keep rolling with the original list, and I'll circle back to Why Book Covers Are So Important in October (which might work out, because I'll likely be working on the cover for Book Two by then!)

So, without further ado, I present to you My Office!

BONUS ROUND! Song from Oren (and map!!!)

Back again for some bonus material! On Twitter this week we talked about where our worlds came from, and I remembered I had written this ages ago, as a sort of creation story for my world.

Forgive me: it rhymes.

Authors Who Inspire Me

Today we get to look at a few of the authors who have inspired me over the years. I started keeping a list, a year or two ago, of all the books I know I've read -- so far I'm up to 215. That's a lot of authors, and - truly - many of them have inspired me in one way or another.

So, to keep it interesting, here's three influences on my writing, and the authors who showed me the way.