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Thanks for the informative review. Have you grilled hamburgers and/or steaks on this? How did they turn out?
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What skills are essential for anyone who seeks to be published?

Is there something that you would add to this list:

http://mythicscribes.com/publishing/5-essential-publishing-skills/  
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So ... can I sell you on a PG-16 bi-curious Red Sonja story? LOL
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Are you considering self-publishing? If you aren’t, why not?

Here are some self-publishing tips from author +Cate Morgan:

http://mythicscribes.com/publishing/self-publishing-fandango/
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I tend to think that self-publishing is the best bet for me, because I know enough to realize my work is in too small a niche for traditional publishing to take a risk with. The audience is simply too small.
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Have you been to a con recently? Do you have any advice for aspiring professionals?

Here are some tips from author Joseph Zieja:

http://mythicscribes.com/marketing/tips-for-con-goers/
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Can you think of an example of romance done right in a fantasy story?

What makes this romance compelling?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/romance-tips-for-writers/
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+Kyra Halland "For me, romance in fantasy also gives a personal stake to those Save The World storylines."  

Exactly....Amore...(sigh)
 It create's tension which helps create that connection to the characters and drives the story along.
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How do you feel about fantasy literature that addresses ethical questions?

What are some ethical questions you’d like to see the new generation of fantasy authors discuss?

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I usually enjoy political discussions, for example how to treat a populace, what is real freedom, etc. 

I tried Margaret Atwood and her topic on female equality, though exaggerated left me feeling frustrated.

The default topic seems to be racism. I suppose it's something we're all faced with it as in what to say and what not to say, and who is allowed to say what you are not allowed to say, ect. 

There's quite a bit that can be talked about and each has their own solutions to it. In a fantasy world, it's easier to get away with an opinion without receiving a torrent of emails accusing you of being a socialist or a nazi.
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How do you feel about the use of narrators in fiction?

Narration seems to be used more overtly in children's books, and is often associated with children's literature. Why is that?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/narration-in-fiction/
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+Antonio del Drago // I usually tune out of the BBC show :-D but I like the CBS version (mostly because of Rule 63 Watson and Transsexual Ms. Hudson) but you're right about that.

+Jessica Fry // Yarp. Hence that fine, fine line in the sand. I think you'll remember the good ones as examples to follow, and hate, hate, hate the bad ones for the lulz.
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Are you writing a trilogy, a standalone novel, or a series?

If you aren't writing a trilogy, why not?

Here are some thoughts on this question from the great +Philip Overby:

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-process/write-a-fantasy-trilogy/
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I agree with each book of a series being standalone. Every book, regardless of its position in a series, should have a "story question" that is asked and answered in that book.

As an avid fantasy reader, I grew up on series and love them. I like to know I'm sinking my teeth into something that has a lot of depth and will provide me entertainment beyond a single book.
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Do you think that fantasy literature is too "white"?

Can you recommend any fantasy novels that feature (or were written by) people of color?

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/racial-diversity-in-speculative-fiction/  
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How would you even know unless you come out and say it?

As a writer I strive to provide just enough description of a character to allow the reader to do most of the work. So whatever they picture in their mind will more than likely be different that what I had in mind.

As a reader I could care less about ethnicity and more about whether the story idea intrigues me enough to care about the characters and the world they live in.
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Do you think fantasy writing is too safe?

Which writers do you feel took huge risks that ultimately have paid off?

Here are some thoughts from the great +Philip Overby:

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/fantasy-fiction-too-safe/
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I don't think that fantasy fiction is too safe by half.  I've heard some real classics attacked as child pornography, subversive, anti-American, pro-drug, and more.  Thomas Covenant? = rapist.  The Dragonriders of Pern was called child pornography.  The Xanth books...  These are old, classic, stand-by fantasy series, not the edgier things, either.  But what gets fantasy by or not is the same thing as any story.  Are you telling a good story or are you trying to cash in on being offensive?  Though there are elements in these tales that would offend, they have become classics because of imaginative worlds, characterization breakthroughs, and they're often just plain fun (Thomas Covenant isn't my deal but critically acclaimed).
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