I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.


What is the best urban fantasy cliche to avoid?

My answer is the purely personal preference that a story not have too many!

Too many impossible magical situations. Too many different kinds of fantasy creatures.

There’s a thing that’s called deus ex machina (spelling might be wrong). It refers to operas in which the story got so complicated and complex and the hero/heroine got in so deep that there was no possible way of extricating them without starting all over. So the writer would unexpectedly invoke the gods who’d been watching all along (without anyone knowing because it was never hinted at in the opera) and the gods solved everything with a wave of their hand — or wand — or whatever.

A similar thing happens in stories when an author hits a block in the story that they solve by calling in still another previously unknown paranormal element instead of doing due diligence and crafting a story that makes sense given the parameters of the world that was described in the beginning of the story. For some reason, it’s more common in urban fantasy than any other genre.

Just like in operas, it doesn’t improve the story, it devalues it.

2 responses to “What is the best urban fantasy cliche to avoid?”

  1. This is very interesting, thank you for sharing Florence. Have a Great weekend. Take Care. God Bless you.

  2. Same to you. I try to avoid writing and everything writing-related on weekends so as not to go insane. Don’t always succeed, but usually it works.

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