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Early Modern Professionals in Werewolf Castle

As I wrote the adventures of Thal for the Werewolves in the Renaissance series, I sometimes needed characters from the professional class of that era. The novels are set in the 1560s in Bohemia, Moravia, Transdanubia, and Hungary. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Figurative art seen in 43,900-year-old Indonesian cave painting

This news about cave art in Bulu Sipong cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi adds significantly to the evidence of human creative expression in the distant past. Archeologists have dated the Sulawesi cave art at 43,900 years old. It … Continue reading

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2020 New Year’s Goal – Finish writing another novel

Happy New Year! In 2019, I got my feet underneath me as an author after a long period of personal challenges. I published the long-awaited third part of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series, Werewolf Castle. I’m feeling confident about … Continue reading

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Two Conceptual Approaches to Writing Series

As the author of three different series, I group series writing into two camps. One requires the author to know, at least in broad terms, the overarching story being told by the individual parts. The second approach relies on a … Continue reading

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Excerpt from New Religion – Epic Fantasy 50% Off at Smashwords

The sheer scale of epic fantasy attracts me. I love stories with many interesting characters and multiple settings. In the Rys Rising series, I developed two civilization, each under the influence of a magical race. The characters include magical beings … Continue reading

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Early Modern Witch Hunting and Modern Crime Investigation

I got to do lots of interesting research for the historical setting of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series. Crime and punishment for witchcraft are at the heart of the first novel, and I learned that the Early Modern period … Continue reading

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What is an empath and how this identity motivates my writing

Empathy is a state of perception that allows you to actually feel the emotions of others (people, animals, plants, the Earth). An empath describes an individual who has a natural ability to detect and absorb the emotional energies of others. … Continue reading

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Nature and magic fuel fantasy fiction settings and plots

Epic adventure requires an epic setting. Read on and consider how fantasy novels blend magic with the grandeur of Nature to create powerful entertainment. Two of the most common elements in fantasy novels are Nature and magic. They are linked … Continue reading

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How life in Michigan influences fantasy author Tracy Falbe

Authors are influenced by where they grow up and the places they live throughout their lives. What would some of Mark Twain’s books be like if he had not known the Mississippi River? His pen name wouldn’t have even been … Continue reading

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