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.


Question: How do fantasy authors come up with fictional cultures and customs?

How do authors design fictional cultures and customs?

It’s called world building and it’s taught in classes, plus there are books on the subject. But possibly the best and most fun way to design a fictional universe is done when writers simply close their eyes and let their imagination soar.

What kind of world should exist for a specific story? Lovely? Ugly? Desperate? Pre-historic? A water world? Utopia? Dystopia? Magical?

Writers who use this method, after they have dreamed up an imaginary world, open their eyes and come up with the details of that world that work for that particular culture because any tiny detail that clashes with the culture itself can ruin the story for readers.

Try it some time. It’s an interesting experience.

Have a fictional universe in your imagination? Tell me about it.

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