Zen Cho discusses her latest book, BLACK WATER SISTER, an urban fantasy of ghosts, grandmas, and gangsters set in Malaysia. We talk about crafting authentic regional dialects, writing "fantasy" using real world religious lore, and exploring cultural idiom in world-building.
Playlist - Writing Urban Fantasy
A SONG WITH TEETH author T. Frohock discusses writing her long-running Los Nefilim dark fantasy series, which features 3 novellas and 3 full-length novels. We talk about the intricate world-building for the action-packed saga that sees angels and daimons as 1930s gangsters.
THE VELOCITY OF REVOLUTION author Marshall Ryan Maresca discusses his "dieselpunk" fantasy novel. We chat about the setting's complex, historically inspired social caste system, the impact of his theater background on dialogue, and the story's magic mushroom that bootstraps empathy.
BALLISTIC KISS is the 11th book in Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM urban fantasy series. We discuss the books' mythological influences, creating arcs across a large series, and how he finds new things to explore with a long-running character.
Author Dan Stout returns to Fictitious! We talk about his new novel, TITAN'S DAY (DAW Books), the completely different experience of writing a sequel (to his debut novel, TITANSHADE), and the life of an author during the pandemic.
World Fantasy Award winning author Fonda Lee (JADE CITY) talks about her creation process for JADE WAR (Orbit Books). It's the second novel in her martial arts-infused, mafia-meets-fantasy series, the Green Bone Saga.
Keith R.A. DeCandido is a prolific author known for his work with media tie-ins, including Alien, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Dungeons and Dragons. His new urban fantasy novel is A FURNACE SEALED (Wordfire Press).
Dan Stout is the debut author of TITANSHADE (DAW Books), a hard-boiled cop drama set in a 1970’s-esque fantasy world, where the city is kept warm by the heat of a tortured infernal god, and some of the detectives have face mandibles.
Vivian Shaw's debut novel – the contemporary fantasy STRANGE PRACTICE (Orbit Books) – introduces Dr. Greta Helsing, a human physician working to keep the supernatural community not-alive and well in modern-day London.
Rebecca Zanetti is a prolific author of dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. Her latest novel, LETHAL LIES (Forever Books), is the 2nd in her BLOOD BROTHERS series, with the 3rd volume coming in November 2017.