Jane ties together lovely, lyrical fantasy and hard-boiled memoir to say something about love, loyalty, and the damage we do to ourselves when we don’t live up to our ideals.
Jane LaForge posed deeply incisive questions that uncovered some things I, as the author of A Wizard's Forge, didn't know about it.
I read all my reviews. I cringe at the bad ones (I've received some doozies!) and rejoice in the good ones. I also occasionally respond to issues reviewers bring up, such as questions about the worldbuilding in Knownearth or about Vic's difficulties overcoming past trauma. Today I'm responding to another frequently mentioned topic: the so-called cliffhanger ending of … Continue reading Spoiler Alert! The Unpublished Epilogue to A Wizard’s Forge
On launch day, as the earthbound get their first look at A Wizard's Forge, I've decided to walk readers through Vic's world, Knownearth.
The final cover captures Vic's grit, determination, and general bad-assery, as well as suggests her transformation isn't easy. It's hot and hard; it's painful, and it's going to leave scars.
Despite the risk of inaccuracies, however, there’s value in having someone else write the book description. As authors we can be blinded by our own vision, where another person can see through the forest to the particular trees that will hook readers’ interest.
In the Twenty-first Century we’re still blaming victims for not being pure enough. This same attitude in other countries leads to the sisters of rapists being raped in kind, as “justice” for the original crime.
People tried it and stopped reading before the halfway point. By swallowing my pride and asking those who gave up, I discovered why, and then I got to work.
We knew Jon Snow would suffer Julius Caesar’s fate, suffering multiple stab wounds delivered by his own men. And despite GRRM’s penchant for killing off beloved characters, everyone knows Jon would live to fight another day. The question is how.
“My work features a female hero.” When I said this last year at a writers conference, a bearded individual corrected me: “You mean heroine.” “No, she’s a hero,” I replied, “Heroines are passive and wait to be rescued; heroes do the rescuing. My protagonist is a hero who is female.” The naysayer scowled and shook … Continue reading Heroes, Heroines, and Heroism