I dove into the churning political waters of near-future speculative fiction with 2/3 of the team who created the anthology AND THE LAST TRUMP SHALL SOUND. Cat Rambo discusses their focus on found family and the impact on the marginalized, lower-class community, while James Morrow shares his satirical if outlandish take on dismantling a Pence pseudo-monarchy.
V chats with former 911 operator and thriller author Rachael Tamayo, about the incredible keynote that inspired her first book, and how living with no closure changed her writing.
CW: school shooting, domestic violence
I joined Konn Lavery to discuss the world of Blood of Titans, how I write in a shared world with Cameron J. Quinn, and living in a tiny house!
KL: Your website expands on the fantasy world of REFORGED, how has archiving the world-building process been?
VSH: I always have to know how things work, which makes for deep world building (and as my beta readers and editors can attest, rather chonky word counts). My brain is highly disorganized, so my external world has to be tidy, and part of that is keeping detailed maps and tables of my world. There’s incredible freedom in crafting a world from the ground up, but that can lead to entertaining and frustrating inconsistencies if we’re not careful. Luckily, readers love these behind-the-scenes glimpses, so I get to share the world with them on an even deeper level. There are several more maps to come, especially as one character strikes out into the northern ocean reaches to explore....read more