INTERVIEW: DARK FANTASY AUTHOR TRACIE MCBRIDE

Today's guest is dark fantasy author Tracie McBride, renowned for her reality-twisting short stories. What do you enjoy most about writing fantasy fiction? The license to make stuff up! How would you describe the flavour of your fiction in five words? An Amazon reviewer gave me the first three adjectives – disturbing, surreal, otherworldly. I … Continue reading INTERVIEW: DARK FANTASY AUTHOR TRACIE MCBRIDE

An Interview & Review: The Garden Black by Frank Prem

Hello, Frank. I thoroughly enjoyed The Garden Black and I’m wondering what the inspiration behind each piece was, and how you created the relived moment? Frank: All the poems in the Garden Black collection come from the same root – an idea of fantasy and broader speculation. They are also rooted in a mood – … Continue reading An Interview & Review: The Garden Black by Frank Prem

Review – Storm Dancer, by Rayne Hall

A reblog, because I missed the firing up on the right day ... sorry. First up, a warning – this story is dark fantasy. Dark, dark fantasy with potential triggers re physical abuse/rape. I've posted about another of Rayne's stories, and always enjoy the the style and tone. This is the darkest of them all. … Continue reading Review – Storm Dancer, by Rayne Hall

Flawed Heroes – What’s Their Appeal?

This is a great story, and although I didn’t want to like Dahoud I ended up desperately wanting him to come through as the man he fought to become – and I’ll be doing a short review next week!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

This is a guest post by Rayne Hall. You may know Rayne from her successful Writer’s Craft series. And you may remember how we wrote together Copywriting: Get Paid to Write Promotional Texts. Rayne is also the author of Storm Dancer, one of the finest fantasy books I’ve ever read. It features a flawed hero, which is the subject of her post. The book will be on a special 99c offer until April 30, 2022, to celebrate the launch of the new edition.

Flawed Heroes

I like characters with weaknesses, because they’re like real people, and their flaws make the story vivid. What would Charles Dicken’s tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ be without the sour stinginess of Scrooge, or Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ without Mr. Darcy’s arrogance?

Unlike those dull characters who are already perfect at the novel’s start, flawed heroes need to learn lessons, often difficult and…

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