49. [Interview] Kate Heartfield – Interactive Fiction and The Magician's Workshop

What does it take to write stories where readers’ decisions affect the outcome? Kate Heartfield is an author of several historical fantasy and interactive fiction stories, including The Road to Canterbury, and The Magician’s Workshop, published by Choice of Games. Her fiction has won or been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora and Crawford awards.

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Twitter: @kateheartfield

Website: heartfieldfiction.com

Show Notes:

The Magician’s Workshop – her interactive fiction story set in Renaissance Florence.

Jed’s twitter: @jedherne

Jed’s email: jed.herne1(at)gmail.com

48. The Magician’s Workshop by Kate Heartfield – Lessons from Interactive Fiction

I normally analyse novels. On this episode, I’m pulling lessons from another storytelling form to see how it can improve our writing. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

My email – send me your comments/questions/queries – I respond to every message -> jed.herne1(at)gmail.com

Twitter: @jedherne

Fires of the Dead – just $0.99 on Amazon for a limited time: https://amzn.to/39W9Xaq

The Magician’s Workshop: https://www.choiceofgames.com/magicians-workshop/

Sky Pirates of Actorious: https://www.choiceofgames.com/sky-pirates-of-actorius/

47. [Interview] Rob J. Hayes on Viking Martial Arts, Achieving Success as a Self-Published Fantasy Author, and Turning Messy Drafts into Great Stories

Rob J. Hayes is the author of the Amazon Best Selling The Heresy Within, the SPFBO-winning piratical swashbuckler Where Loyalties Lie, and the critically acclaimed Never Die, amongst many other novels. After doing an episode on Never Die two weeks ago, I’m delighted to follow it up with an interview with the author himself!

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Website: www.robjhayes.co.uk

Twitter: @RoboftheHayes

Show Notes:

My grimdark fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, just became the #1 bestseller on Amazon’s ‘Fantasy Adventure Fiction’, ‘Sword & Sorcery’, and various other charts. Read it here: https://jedherne.com/firesofthedead 

My Novel Analyst episode 46 on Never Die by Rob J. Hayes: https://anchor.fm/novelanalyst/episodes/46–Never-Die-by-Rob-J–Hayes—Choreographing-Excellent-Ensemble-Casts-easrko 

Novel Analyst episode 41 on The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding: https://anchor.fm/novelanalyst/episodes/41–The-Ember-Blade-by-Chris-Wooding—Nailing-the-Opening-48-Pages-e96cua

My book – Fires of the Dead – is FREE for the next 4 days!

My fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, is free on Amazon for the next 4 days! 

Click the link below to read it: 

https://amzn.to/32BIwjC

During its free period, it’s reached:

  • #1 in Gaslamp Fantasy (Kindle Store)
  • #1 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Kindle Store)
  • #1 in Alternative History

Blurb:

Wisp is a pyromancer – a magician who draws energy from fires to make his own flames. Leading a misfit thieving crew, he enters a desolate wasteland to steal a dead sorcerer’s skull. But his crew aren’t the only ones on the hunt, and the forest isn’t as barren as it seems …⁠⠀
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A lot of fantasy is so huge you’d be lucky to finish it in a month. I love that. ⁠⠀
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But that’s not the case for this book. ⁠⠀
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I wanted Fires of the Dead to be a fast-paced, pulse-pounding thrill-ride – a book you could burn through in one breathless night. Based on a lot of reader reviews, it’s done that for quite a few people!⁠⠀

It’s only free in eBook form, but you can download the free Kindle app to read it on any device or computer. Enjoy!

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★★★★★ “A common misconception about fantasy novels is that they are all epic, thousand page long tomes. […] Fires of the Dead proves that you don’t need to write reams of narrative to fit all the components of a classic fantasy novel into one tale.” – Reviews Feed

★★★★★ “A gripping, fun, twisted tale of a band of misfit thieves as they adventure through charred forest to retrieve a valuable, magical item with a mega payload. […] Be prepared to smash this book out in one reading; you’ll be left wondering what’s next at every damn turn.” – Mitch Bruce, Amazon review

★★★★★ “I loved every second of it. I didn’t want to put it down. After I finished, Fires of the Dead left me wanting to continue reading about this world. Highly recommend this book for someone who loves a quick read full of action and suspense.” – Dannielle Leotta, Amazon review

★★★★★ “I could not put this book down! I wanted to keep on reading and not sleep, and ended up the next day being a very moody person with a good story on the brain. I am so glad I read this and will be keeping an eye on books by this author.” – Sarah Coleman, Amazon review

★★★★★ “A great fantasy novella, a real page turner (it gave me goosebumps), I highly recommend it.” – Caitlin Shaw, Amazon review

46. Never Die by Rob J. Hayes – Choreographing Excellent Ensemble Casts

Never Die by Rob J. Haynes

In this episode, I analyse the brilliant dynamics behind Rob J. Hayes’ eclectic crew in his wonderful grimdark fantasy book, Never Die. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Listen to me read chapter 1 of my latest fantasy novel, Across the Broken Stars: https://anchor.fm/novelanalyst/episodes/Sneak-Peek—Chapter-1-of-Across-the-Broken-Stars—My-Upcoming-Space-Fantasy-Novel-ea9cnk/a-a1b1bre

(Or just scroll down in the podcast feed to find it manually).

Book Launch Party for Across the Broken Stars by Jed Herne

Buy Across the Broken Stars here: jedherne.com/acrossthebrokenstars

Today’s episode features the audio recording from my latest book launch.  Enjoy!

(Below the podcast links, I’ve also included the video version of this event).

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00:00 – 10:20 – Jed’s thoughts on how to become more creative

10:20 – 21:12 – Jed reads scene 1 from Across the Broken Stars

21:12 – onwards – Q & A from the audience.

45. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – Crafting a Slow-Burning Narrative

The left hand of darkness analysis and book review by Jed Herne

The Left Hand of Darkness is a visionary sci-fi story about a lone human ambassador to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants’ biology allows them to choose—and change—their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely different culture that he encounters. Exploring psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness is as a landmark achievement – especially considering that it came out in 1969!

The Left Hand of Darkness analysis


In this episode, I examined how despite being very slow-paced (or, perhaps, because of this), Le Guin’s novel is incredibly engaging. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Read my latest space fantasy novel, Across the Broken Stars (out today!): https://jedherne.com/broken

Got thoughts? Email me at jed.herne1 (at) gmail.com – I love hearing from you and I respond to as many messages as I can.