Illusions of Fate, by Kiersten White

I first encountered Kiersten White's work a couple of years ago, when I read her Paranormalcy trilogy. I enjoyed both it and The Chaos of Stars, but found Mind Games to be an enticing premise ruined by inadequate characterisation, rambling narrative, and too many jumps back and forth in time; it felt like White was experimenting with stream … Continue reading Illusions of Fate, by Kiersten White

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When do you call yourself a writer?

I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer. When fellow aspiring authors address blog posts to writers, I shy away, thinking they can't possibly mean me. And, yes, sometimes they are looking for answers from published authors. I have nothing to offer a blogger requesting advice on seeking representation for a novel, because I have never … Continue reading When do you call yourself a writer?

Knowing when you’ve made the right choice

I've mentioned a few times on this blog that I'm working on an urban fantasy novel. After much careful consideration, it's becoming high fantasy. It was always intended to focus more and more on the secondary world as the story progressed, but I became increasingly dissatisfied with the relationship between my primary world protagonist and the … Continue reading Knowing when you’ve made the right choice

Departing from the novel – does The Hobbit make it work?

Last weekend I re-watched The Hobbit films - I can't wait for The Battle of the Five Armies to come out in December! One thing that struck me when I watched both films for the first time was how much they departed from the source material. While the Lord of the Rings films simplified and … Continue reading Departing from the novel – does The Hobbit make it work?