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Melissa McPhail, Fantasy Writer
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Fantasy Novels by Melissa McPhail
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How I Create Characters - Alyneri, Trell, Ean and Tanis. See more characters as I see them here.  Many of you have been asking about my process for creating characters—how I came up with certain characters, and more generally, how I make my characters seem real. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have read one of my earlier posts on organic writing. For those of you who are new to my process, being an organic writer (sometimes called a pantser, in the sense of ‘writing by t...

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On the Author’s Responsibility to Fans - I’ve been thinking about my responsibility to you as my readers, and that got me to thinking about universes. Not the kind that surround us but the kind we carry with us—worlds complete, comprising places imagined by others, populated with people not of our creation, yet colored in by our own mental energy; the universes that exist within a writer’s imagination, which are shared with readers via the printed or spoken word, and are solidified by the r...

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Paths of Alir on Audible October 18th! - I know the majority of you are waiting for Kingdom Blades at the end of this month, but an increasing number of people are asking me kindly when Paths of Alir will be available on Audible, and I can now confirm the audiobook will be released on October 18th. You can preorder it now. Please remember to leave a rating or review on Audible if the mood suits you. Early ratings apparently help my publisher push the titles on their production timeline, and...

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Critique/Criticism and New Writers - “Tree Giant” courtesy of SilverFox5213 on DeviantArt I’ve hit my saturation point. It’s time to cast a plea broadly to all new writers who are trying to write a novel or churning their way through short stories and writing to me or others asking for feedback. Listen, I’m not just trying to be curmudgeonly (or controversial, although I generally do prefer the path less traveled), but I honestly believe new writers should refrain from getting their work cr...

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Dagger of Adendigaeth on Audible (and Maybe Something About Kingdom Blades)

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Cephrael’s Hand is now on Audible! - I’m thrilled to report to all of you audiobook lovers that today Cephrael’s Hand releases on Audible! I know this is a long-awaited moment for many of you, and you have my sincerest gratitude for being so patient. The book is narrated by the talented Nick Podehl, who also narrated Pat Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. Here’s a sample of Nick reading Cephrael’s Hand. I’m honored to be able to work with Podium Publishing to produce my fantasy series A Patte...

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Where is Book Four???? - Since I’m being asked this question many times a day in tones varying from polite interest to downright exasperation, I’m getting the idea that people might appreciate knowing where Kingdom Blades stands in the lengthy process that begins with my transcribing the activities these characters are carrying on in my head and ends with you reading about them in the fourth book in A Pattern of Shadow & Light. Upon first glance, you could look at this process and say, “Now...

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In Gratitude – Two Chapters from Kingdom Blades -        Concept cover art for Kingdom Blades I’m not sure what inspired me this year (maybe your calls through the ether have reached me subliminally), but it occurred to me that one way I could express my gratitude to you, my readers, is by posting a couple of chapters from Kingdom Blades, the upcoming fourth book in A Pattern of Shadow & Light. I’ve never released chapters separate from a book’s publication before, so this is new territory ...

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The Treatment of Sexuality in A Pattern of Shadow & Light - Some of you have written in asking me about the presentation and treatment of homosexuality in my novels. You pointed out that the majority of incidents involving homosexual characters portray those characters as being evil. You indicated to me that in presenting those characters as evil, it sends a negative message about homosexuality, and you asked if that was my intent. And if it is not my intention to veil homosexuality in a ne...

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How to Stay Inspired (and an Update on Kingdom Blades) - “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale Inspiration is one of those elusive words, like “muse” and “success.” It evades us, confounds and confuses us, bewitches when it visits and devastates upon its departure. It’s that girl glimpsed across the subway terminal, or that place in a dream that you just can’t get to. I receive a lot of questions from readers asking about my motivation behind my epic fantas...
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