How Fantasy Loves Romance and Romance Loves Fantasy by Dora Machado People ask me all the time why I chose to write romantic fantasy. The short answer is that I can’t envision writing one without the other. The long answer might be more complex. The union of fantasy and romance is a marriage of convenience. The genres complement, enhance and enrich each other. Beyond that, romance and fantasy are the Yin and the Yang, ebony and ivory, Billy Joel and Elton John. They belong together. I love writing epic fantasy. Fantasy is a subversive genre, requiring the mind to bend
The Coal Elf is available now here . ***Note: *** Maria will also be on WRITER GROUPIE RADIO SHOW ON DECEMBER 6TH!!!!! “The Journey” By: Maria DeVivo I think I have to blame the whole “me-wanting-to-be-an-author” on my father. It’s all his fault. He corrupted me something awful. Not that I don’t think he minds being blamed for something like that, in fact, I would presume that he much rather enjoys it. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but it was way before I was able to read. Dad wouldn’t read stories to me, he told them to
So, let’s discuss the nature of getting published by the big world. That bright and shiny world called NY publishing. Quite a different animal from doing it yourself. It’s hard to get their attention. It’s mostly, “thanks for asking, but no our lists are full”. I feel sort of like how can a lowly author ever know when it is a good time to submit, if the lists are always full? When I was at the festival recently, the bathrooms were always full. Now that sort of ‘always full’ I get, right? But this full list thing, argggg. But really?
Sometimes I really wish for those friendly elves that used to pop out of books and be helpful assistants to hard-working folks like me. Like the shoemaker. I mean come on, I have written six full-length novels now and it would be nice to have someone swoop in and take over for a time. Will this happen? Maybe in my next book… Until then, I am writing, editing, and trying to promote myself. Things I have going for me: *I have good books, storywise. *I have great friends, who critique me. HONESTLY. And make my work better. *I am already
… another fantasy… It’s about magic, and it has a lot of weird and wonderful stuff in it that I never dreamed I would write. It is still YA maybe a bit younger than YA, in fact. I need to keep at Loran Rudder and the Secret Key, but sometimes it just gets to be too much to write on two different books in the same few days. I am slap worn out from all the writing I have been doing lately, including short stories and blog posts. But I’m not gonna quit cuz that ain’t in my vocabulary.