When is it Criminal to be a Magician? The Making of a Noir Fantasy: THE LORDS OF POWDER (part 1)

This is part 1 of a series of posts describing how I wrote my noir fantasy, The Lords of Powder (check the book out at Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3mUhRbD ).   So what's a 'noir fantasy'? Authors and critics alike have tried to define it with varying levels of success. To me, it's a fantasy incorporating darker, sometimes … Continue reading When is it Criminal to be a Magician? The Making of a Noir Fantasy: THE LORDS OF POWDER (part 1)

Notes on Creating a Story (part 5)

This is the last of my posts on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (check the book out at Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3g5kfuP ).  And what better note to end on than a romantic note! Of course, romance belongs in a fantasy about the Summer of Love, and Bradan has … Continue reading Notes on Creating a Story (part 5)

Notes on Creating a Story (part 4)

This is part 4 of my posts on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (check the book out at Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2QcFhwQ ). Other installments will follow.  No fantasy story is complete without a vengeful villain or, in this case, two vengeful villains without morality. They oppose … Continue reading Notes on Creating a Story (part 4)

Notes on Creating a Story (part 3)

Following my last post (part 2) on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3d1LbcV ), below is part 3. Other installments will follow.  Besides describing Bradan's adventures during 1967's Summer of Love, I’ve also included flashback chapters set in sixth-century Britain, Renaissance Florence, and on … Continue reading Notes on Creating a Story (part 3)

Notes on Creating a Story (part 2)

Following my prior posting (part 1) on how/why I came to write my modern fantasy, The Lords of the Summer Season (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3uuH4vQ ), below is part 2. Other installments will follow. The Lords of the Summer Season is mostly set during 1967’s “Summer of Love.” This period is too expansive and amorphous to … Continue reading Notes on Creating a Story (part 2)