Right now on Black Gate magazine: Mucking with the Mundane, my take on fantasies set in alternate historical periods.
How do authors get readers to abandon what they know about what already happened and take a ride with the fantastical?
I look at Moorcock’s Gloriana, Card’s Alvin Maker series and such works as Novik’s Temeraire series.
If you haven’t checked out the excellent Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature, try it now!
My publisher is holding a giveaway for signed ARCs of their nine lead titles for fall, including my latest novel, A Thousand Perfect Things. Check out this cool site to enter the contest, or see the giveaway button on my fan page, Kay Kenyon, Author. June 15 deadline to enter.
3 Gates of the Dead: Jonathan Ryan
Follows Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor whose fiancé is a victim in a series of ritualistic killings. Aidan investigates but threatens to corrupt his very soul with the otherworldly truth behind the slaughter of innocents.
No Way Out: Alan Jacobson
When a firebomb destroys an art gallery in London, FBI Profiler Karen Vail is sent overseas to work with Scotland Yard. Vail discovers the motive behind the attack—an explosive 440-year-old manuscript that political radicals will destroy at all costs.
A Thousand Perfect Things: Kay Kenyon
This fantasy novel is set in an alternate 19th century Earth, where a war rages between scientific Anglica and magical Bharata. Tori Harding, an aspiring botanist must journey into the world of magics to claim her fate. Read More…
We all know the importance of the main character, the “star” in a story. But the wider cast is also crucial adding to the drama, complexity and believability. Here are some characters who inhabit A Thousand Perfect Things (August, 2013):
Important People In Book
The year is 1857 in an altered England called Anglica and an alternate India named Bharata.
Major character: Tori Harding, 18 year-old student and ardent supporter of her famous botanist grandfather.
Sir Charles Littlewood, the preeminent botanist of Anglica, age 87.
Colonel Terrence Harding, Tori’s father, who supports Tori’s scientific ambitions, but only so far. Read More…
Inviting you to drop by my new fan page on Facebook. (Kay Kenyon, Author) What’ll be there? Book talk, mostly. What’s up with the new book, contests, giveaways, favorite books, great posts on the wonderful world of SF/F and beyond!
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It was an up and down week.
It’s not the week I would normally talk about. But these are the scenes from the cutting room floor, the little realities of the writing life:
- Hitting my stride on WIP, reasonable page count this week. Not great, but given what else is going on around here, quite respectable.
- Advance Reader Copies of A Thousand Perfect Things will have full color wrap around cover, I learned this week.
- Received a lovely advance blurb from a well-known writer for Perfect Things.
- Wrote a tough scene for the WIP. Wondered if I could pull it off, but love it. Read More…