Matters of the Heart—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Preview

A few months ago I started participating in a Twitter hashtag called #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday), which I heard about from author/book blogger Sarah Chorn (BookwormBlues). In this weekly Tweet-fest, authors produce a quote containing the word of the week, and apropos of the holiday tomorrow, this week's word was HEART. As I was looking through … Continue reading Matters of the Heart—A Wizard’s Sacrifice Preview

The Friday 13 with A.M. Justice

Today on Jesse Teller’s Friday the 13th series, he and I talk about space Nazis, my favorite moment with Kathleen Turner in the film “Romancing the Stone,” and what a film version of the Woern Saga would look like.

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A.M. Justice is a Brooklyn-based author, lover of science and wit, sporadic scuba diver, and once and future tango dancer. Her characters live only in her head, but they’re real, and she puts them through hell.

1.Why storytelling? What made you yearn to tell a good story, and how long was this story within you before it came out?

This is embarrassing, especially on the blog of a guy with such a stunning scope of work, but I’ve been writing different versions of the Woern Saga for almost 40 years. Vic and her story have grown up alongside me, and we’ve traveled quite a distance from a naïve teenager longing for adventure to someone who tries to be a wise and compassionate observer of the human condition. (Of course, Vic is also a badass warrior, which I am decidedly not!)

I wrote the original version of Vic’s story when I…

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An Evening With A.M. Justice

“There can only be one!” Drew McVittie and I reminisce about the film HIGHLANDER, chat about Vic and Lornk, and writing in general on his blog The Scribblings.

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Today, I’m joined in the reading room by A.M. Justice, author of A Wizard’s Forge.

Drew: So, first of all, thank you for joining us this evening. So tell us, what are you currently working on?

A.M.: The sequel to A Wizard’s Forge, a book called A Wizard’s Sacrifice. I’d planned/hoped to release it this year, but it’s been a bear and I’m still working on it.

Drew: Are you into the editing stage or still drafting?

A.M.: I’m revising based on beta reads and my editor’s suggestions. Forgive me for getting on my high horse, but I have to say how much I hate using the word “editing” when one means “revising.” A development editor may call his or her work an “edit” but that is providing the author with suggestions for REVISIONS the author must make to make the work better. An author “edits” at…

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SPFBO Creator Interview: Mark Lawrence

There’s a lot of great advice for authors in Michael Baker’s interview with best-selling SFF author Mark Lawrence.

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So this is a short intermission in interviewing you lot to bring you a very special interview, and certainly the most prolific so far that’s been on my blog. I present to you a chat with who is possibly the Prince of Grimdark. It is none other then the founder of SPFBO, critically acclaimed author and the mastermind behind writing awesome little shits, Mark Lawrence himself! Turns out he’s a lot more then just his books. Speaking of his books, pick them up! And yeah….this is only a few of what he has published!

Speaking of, I really need to read more of his books.

First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?

I’m a fulltime author, as of 2015 when the entire Advanced Research Centre, where I worked as a research scientist, was closed. I write fantasy and science fiction.

How do you develop your plots…

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Intro to Female-Authored Speculative Fiction

Love this list of speculative fiction by female authors!

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We at the Fantasy Inn are always a fan of anything that helps people to discover new books they might enjoy. It’s one of the reasons we became reviewers in the first place.

This time, we explored female-authored speculative fiction! It’s mostly fantasy with a little science fiction thrown in for good measure.

We had a few goals when developing this flowchart:

  1. Include books from a variety of decades, not just recent releases.
  2. Provide enough variety that seasoned and novice fantasy readers alike can discover new books to love.
  3. Feature a variety of storytelling mediums, such as graphic novels, short fiction, and audio dramas.
  4. Only first books in a series are included, and each author is only listed once.

The final flowchart has 127 entries, and we could’ve included many more if we had room. Feel strongly about a book we left out? Let us know in a comment!

Here’s…

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SPFBO Author Interview: Amanda M. Justice “A Wizard’s Forge”

Michael R. Baker, author of The Thousand Scars, a grimdark fantasy novel that was long-listed in the 2018 Booknest Awards, invited me over for a chat. We get to talk about how the Woern are like midchlorians, among other things.

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Welcome back to a wonderful Sunday of happy adventures, grimdark treks through villages seeped in blood and. . .other things. I really need some coffee.

So it’s one week until Booknest’s Award voting ends, so get voting!

The Thousand Scars is longlisted as Best Debut. The categories are chock full of amazing authors and great books, so visit the website by clicking on the fancy image below. Voting ends on the 14th October. Pick the best.

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So today I bring you an awesome interview I held with Amanda M. Justice, author of The Wizards Forge and her SPFBO entry! Click on the Amazon link down below and check her out. These people are pretty awesome!

First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?  

The Woern Saga is a blend of science fiction and fantasy (aka science fantasy), with a setting similar to Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels…

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#SPFBO Guest Post: Finding Fairy Tales by A M Justice

I’m super excited to share this guest post I wrote for Lynn’s Books. Lynn is the SPFBO judge who will be reviewing A Wizard’s Forge, and she gave me some space on her blog to talk about how “Rapunzel” made its way into the narrative. Thanks, Lynn!

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Today, I’m really pleased to welcome to my blog the author of A Wizard’s Forge: Amanda Justice.  Amanda has written a post about the inspiration for her book A Wizard’s Forge which will be one of my upcoming reads for the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  A Wizard’s Forge is a deconstructed version of Rapunzel.  If you know anything about my blog you’ll know I love fairytale retellings so excitement am I to read this post: 

Rapunzel4‘Sometimes inspiration is like a beacon, drawing the author toward her goal. Other times, the influence is a sleeper agent that infiltrates the subconscious and adds unexpected layers to the narrative. My SPFBO 2018 entry, A Wizard’s Forge, is a retelling of “Rapunzel,” but not necessarily one I set out to write.

Because we’re usually introduced to fairy tales as children, and we hear or read them over and over, they tend to…

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