Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1: The Challenge This is the first of a five part series about authors navigating fantasy’s many overlapping subgenres. Fantasy authors face a challenge: ensuring that potential readers know which subgenre(s) their work fits into. For better or worse, book buyers’ purchasing decisions, particularly for lesser-known authors, are driven … Continue reading Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1

Book Writing – Advantages of Genre Mashups

My latest novel, The Lords of Powder ( https://amzn.to/2IdGduy  ), meshes (or mashes) together three distinct genres: modern fantasy, historical fiction, and action/adventure. Leveraging motifs from several genres allows the author to imbue The Lords of Powder with contrast. It also provides the flexibility to address diverse themes all in one story. Primarily, the novel intends … Continue reading Book Writing – Advantages of Genre Mashups

My New Novel Published: THE LORDS OF POWDER

The Lords of Powder takes place during the height of Miami’s cocaine wars as a magician pursues a fortune smuggling and woos a gifted musician while eluding drug cartels and the police (Amazon link to eBook or print versions:  https://amzn.to/2Oe2ERA ). In this elegant cross-genre blend of modern fantasy, historical fiction and action adventure, Bradan … Continue reading My New Novel Published: THE LORDS OF POWDER

Book Review – TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS AND ELEPHANTS

It’s easy to be intrigued by a story that not only contains a Kipling epigraph, but also entitles the novel with a quote from a Kipling poem. And, by the way, has Michelangelo as its protagonist straddling Renaissance Italy and Ottoman Turkey. And does all this in a lyrical 140 pages. Mathias Enard wrote Tell … Continue reading Book Review – TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS AND ELEPHANTS

Using Author’s Notes to Pique Readers’ Interest and Promote Your Book

Author’s notes are short passages deployed in both fiction and non-fiction books to add information that doesn’t fit into the main text about the book’s contents or to expound on the author’s intent. Sometimes these notes show off how much research the writer did in creating the book. Readers, if they bother to check the … Continue reading Using Author’s Notes to Pique Readers’ Interest and Promote Your Book