Speculative fiction author Marc Watson and I discuss the conversations that shape worlds--both our own, and the fictional ones to which we escape. Plus, they dive into the reality of being a modern author and what to do with those pesky day jobs.
Edward Willet and I tackle worlds that bend genres and how to straddle independent versus traditional publishing--plus the secret to being a successful freelance creator.
I spoke with Sahara Foley, who transformed her late husband's creative work into a wonderful blend of Arthurian legends, science-fantasy, and paranormal plots.
YA fantasy author and podcaster Jenna Greene returns to the show to discuss what it's like writing dystopia when our world increasingly looks like one, and how she got started with podcasting! Plus an update on the sequels to REBORN.
I spoke with Uncaged magazine this month (pg 60-66), sharing glimpses at my new projects, how COVID-19 has changed my lifestyle, and an excerpt of Blood and Mercy! There's also some photos of my works space and indoor garden, not to mention our dear dog, Rory, is featured on page 38!
UNCAGED: Welcome to Uncaged! Your latest book, Blood and Mercy is part of the epic fantasy series, Blood of Titans. Can you tell readers more about this series? Can each book be read as standalones?
VSH: Thanks so much for having me, this is really fun! Blood of Titans is an epic fantasy world. Each of the series within it focuses on the machinations of war between the gods and the creatures who created them. The first series follows three characters caught in the crossfire of that war and heroes who are as broken as the world they’re trying to save. In Madness and Gods and Blood and Mercy a Deaf former soldier plots rebellion while married to a queer, teenaged god. While Rih juggles life in a foriegn country and revolution, Keplan struggles with addiction, visions, and murder. He hopes the world ends, she prays it doesn’t....read more
I dove into elemental magic mechanics, the process of discovering a story with "what ifs" and the parallels between creativity and computer programming with Brittani Avery. We also discussed various personality types and how studying them impacted Avery's incredible world of Element Unknown.