Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Classic Reading

For those interested in exploring great science fiction & fantasy literature, a great deal of it is available for free or minimal cost online or on Kindle (my book should be on Kindle soon ).   Examples of truly imaginative writers to sample include-
 1.Ray Bradbury
2. Edgar Rice Burroughs
3. Jules Verne
4. Robert E. Howard
5. Isaac Asimov
6. Larry Niven (a sweetheart and great man I met at a convention in San Jose)
7. Ben Bova (met him @ Radcon convention in Washington.  He is fascinating and tells wonderful stories)

These are just a few of the many great writers from the classic time of the genre, though personally I hate the word "genre" anymore.  Good writing knows no genre!  Check them out & expand the mind.  Enjoy great story telling-these classic authors go back to the golden era  of science fiction and fantasy when imagination was key.  Enjoy feeding your brain.  Later!

Verna McKinnon

Friday, March 22, 2013

Literary Weekend

It's Friday!  So the weekend is ripe for opportunity and creativity.  This weekend I will work on my new book-The Goblin Cabal.    I have some fun and interesting characters.  It is heroic fantasy with a female heroine-well 2 heroines-as they become best friends and comrades.  They will find conspiracies and evil-including demons.  Am excited.  I want to cheer for my characters.  I am also tired of vampires and such being portrayed as good guys or sympathetic-nothing against vampires in the genre but they have taken up too much space and let's face it-they are vampires.  Slay them!  Where is Buffy when you need her?  I want some fantasy to return to its roots.  I want heroes!  I want complex story lines and interesting characters.  You cannot make someone who wants to eat you for dinner be a hero-no matter how hard you try.    

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Fantasy Journey

I am busy writing first draft of a new book series (separate from my beloved Familiar's Tale series) and the first book's working title is "The Goblin Cabal," and the series (which at this point is a trilogy) is called "The Adventures of the Rose & Sparrow."  My heroine is very cool but am keeping her under wraps.   Am deep in writing those chapters and changing things with new ideas.  Do not worry I am still working on my "Familiar's Tale" books.  But I need to expand my many story ideas and actually get them down on paper-or keyboard.  That is what a writer does-they write.  I am also hunting for a good literary agent.   More coming.

Verna McKinnon