Elements: How I Approach Setting

I feel like I’ve crossed another milestone. I’ve had a realization recently aboutĀ setting, which writing instructors will tell you is one of the key elements of fiction, along with characters and plot, but which I see a little differently. I’m a little skeptical, by the way, that one can learn how to write from a book. I won’t say it’s not possible, because anything isĀ possible, … Continue reading Elements: How I Approach Setting

The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum

I did not create Etude Etranger, the shaman-chef of my occult mystery THE HERETIC ARCANUM. I summoned him. All of my other characters were deliberate inventions, and they were iterative, the result of quiet, intentional reflection requiring several revisions to make right. Xana, for example, my eight-foot-tall strong woman from THE MINUS FACTION, started life as a 110-lb. teenager. Etude alone appeared fully formed through … Continue reading The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum