Over the next two weeks E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.
What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!
Today's World Fantasy author is Ian Tregillis. In 2005, Ian attended the Clarion Writers' Workshop. After Clarion, and thanks to Walter Jon Williams, he was welcomed into New Mexico's disproportionately large community of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. Although he often feels like a minor league batboy inexplicably mistaken for a professional baseball player, he has shared critiques with, and worked alongside, a long list of New Mexico writers including WJW, Daniel Abraham, Melinda Snodgrass, S. M. Stirling, Ty Franck, Victor MIlán, Sage Walker, and George R. R. Martin. Ian's books include the alternative world war II world of the Milkweed Trilogy and the murder mystery Something More Then Night. You can find out more about Ian here.
In this podcast we discuss:
- How Clarion changed Ian's life and writing career.
- The realisation that you have to make time for writing if you want to make it a career
- How being part of a group that included high calibre writers such as George R.R. Martin lifted his game and resulted in a host of writing opportunities including writing for a collaborative project.
- Why it is important to try critiquing writers of better skill then yourself
- How those niggling hours commuting to and from work can be used to the benefit of your writing career.
- Using hunger to meet your writing goals!
- Breaking writing into bite sized chunks
- How Ian got big name authors to give blurbs/recommendations for his books.
- How his agent was able to sell his fourth book, a story in a different genre to his normal works.
PLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.
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In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.