Playlist - Writing Urban Fantasy

Zen Cho, author of BLACK WATER SISTER — Fictitious author interview


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.

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T. Frohock — A SONG WITH TEETH author

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.

Marshall Ryan Maresca — THE VELOCITY OF REVOLUTION author

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.

Richard Kadrey — BALLISTIC KISS author

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.

Dan Stout — TITAN’S DAY Author

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.

Fonda Lee – “Jade War” Author

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 – “A Furnace Sealed” Author

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 – “Titanshade” Author

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 – “Strange Practice” Author

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 – “Lethal Lies” Author

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.



FICTITIOUS is a YouTube show and podcast that delves into the craft of Science Fiction & Fantasy storytelling through interviews with authors and other professional writers. Hosted & produced by Adron Buske.

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