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

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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Rayne Hall – Author Interview and Review

Rayne has a couple of stories in the Among the Headstones anthology. I'm going to do a review of Behind Him. This interview was provided for me, written by Rayne (I'm sure I've said enough about the problem with RSI, tendonosis, arfuritis, etc. with my thumbs, wrists and stuff) and I'm very pleased to show you her … Continue reading Rayne Hall – Author Interview and Review