Release the Kraken!

The wonderful Catherynne M. Valente on embracing her true identity as a fantasy writer: · Excerpt · When I wrote my first novel, The Labyrinth, it honestly never occurred to me that ...
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D. M. Andrews on the Real Power of Fantasy Writing

D. M. Andrews, author and self-publication promoter, discusses the importance, not only of through world building (as we have highlighted before here on FairyRoom), but of pulling mythic and symbolic memory ...
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Howard Andrew Jones’ “On Heroes and Why We Need Them”

Howard Andrew Jones, author of the acclaimed The Desert Souls, managing editor of Black Gate magazine, and creative writing instructor, believes in heroes. In an increasingly cynical world, he argues in the article excerpted below, ...
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R. Scott Bakker’s “Why Fantasy and Why Now?”

R. Scott Bakker, both a fantasy author and a scholar with a masters in literary criticism, is known for his analysis of the fantasy genre and its importance in the lives ...
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“Do not put baled hay into a world that has not had its Industrial Revolution.”

Part of the success in world-building is the plausibility. A couple of months ago, we brought up the way that small details can richly layer fantasy fiction world-building. We are certainly ...
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Terry Brooks on “Why I Write About Elves”

In 2005, Terry Brooks, literary giant of the Fantastic realm, wrote a piece for Amazon Shorts on the importance of the genre, touching upon how much careful consideration goes into making ...
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Violette Malan’s: Why Do I Write Sword and Sorcery?

“Genre fiction in general, and fantasy literature in particular, is the only contemporary literature in which characters can act honourably, without irony,” wrote Violette Malan on her blog earlier this month. ...
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Natania Barron’s “In Defense of Fantasy – Or Why I Write the Weird”

“Yes, there is a heap of terrible fantasy writing out there (as well as any other genre, I should point out),” said Natania Barron in her blog post, ‘In Defense of ...
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Vivian Vande Velde on Banning Fantasy Books

We are a few days into Banned Books Week, an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read and draws attention to banned and challenged books led by the American Library Association. Fantasy books are regularly in ...
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Roberta Trahan’s “For the Love of Lore: Why I Write Fantasy”

Congratulations to Roberta Trahan, whose debut novel, The Well of Tears came out yesterday! In honor of its release, we're featuring Trahan's story of how myths and legends inspired her to ...
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