Fantasy for faculty: THE ROYAL ACADEMY NOVELS and NOVELLAS follow life in and around the Demonology Department of a modern university. Fiction for those of us who know there are demons in the basement.
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Category Archives: characters
I read a book this week that lacked credibility. It wasn’t a non-fiction book, so those criteria of credibility didn’t apply. It was a novel about a well-defined phenomenon – the decline of the Jesuit order after Vatican II – … Continue reading
The story is that one of my favorite Victorian writers, Charlotte Yonge, used to submit all her manuscripts to her father before she sent them to publishers. He would then ruthlessly excise anything which was improper, making sure that the … Continue reading
In the last two weeks alone, I saw three articles on blogs I follow about how to write realistic female characters. But how many of those bloggers review books that contain realistic female characters? This seems to be a pattern. … Continue reading
What better way to start the new year than a new Royal Academy Story? In ‘Those Who Favor Fire,’ a museum curator develops a friendship that’s hard to categorize — mainly because the other participant, Winston Chiliming XXIII, will not … Continue reading
David Farland had an interesting post this morning about stories that depend on character growth and those that depend on stagnation. By ‘interesting’ I mean that it answered some questions and raised a bunch more. The question it answered was … Continue reading
I sold a Royal Academy story that I’d been shopping around for a while. It was one I hadn’t planned to write, but the leading character got hold of me and more or less demanded to be written about. I … Continue reading
I’ve posted before about my mini-scale writing career, and how it’s providing everything an author could want — only in smaller doses, without paparazzi. So I’ve received two fan emails, met two fans at conferences for lunch, posted one piece … Continue reading
If there’s a fantasy trope I absolutely despise, it’s the Persecuted Witch. You know her. She lives her life in fear of being identified as the witch she is and burned, stoned, tortured, whatever, by benighted neighbors. Yet she uses … Continue reading