51. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie – Concrete and Specific Setting Descriptions

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie is an innovative and captivating work, merging the fantasy and western genres into something new and fresh. A big part of its success are Abercrombie’s vivid and immersive descriptive language. This episode dissects how to write setting descriptions that make readers feel like they’re part of your story’s world. 

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Show Notes:

My fantasy book, Across the Broken Stars, is free on Amazon until 01/05/2020! Get it here: https://amzn.to/2Ya3WEf

Previous episodes on Joe Abercrombie’s books:

Episode 50: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie – A Simple Way to Craft Compelling Characters 

Episode 7: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie – Exploring Theme 

Episode 2: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – Characterisation through Contradiction

50. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie – A Simple Way to Craft Compelling Characters

Use this technique to generate compelling, flawed, three-dimensional characters. 

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Show Notes:

Fires of the Dead – available in audiobook, ebook, & paperback. 

Link to all formats here: jedherne.com/firesofthedead

Link to the audiobook deal: bit.ly/FOTDchirp

Episode 2 – The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – Characterisation through Contradiction: bit.ly/bladeitselfNA

7 – The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie – Exploring Theme: bit.ly/theheroesNA

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

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).

44. Master of Sorrows by Justin Call – Crafting Compelling Magic Systems

An in-depth look at creating interesting, cohesive magic that improves your story in meaningful ways. 

This is a follow up to an interview I did with the author a few weeks ago. We had an excellent chat about his book as a whole, and to complement our discussion, I wanted to do an episode diving deep into his magic system – which I really enjoyed and made the book feel super unique. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

My interview with Justin, author of Master of Sorrows: https://novelanalyst.com/2020/01/07/justin-call-interview/

My upcoming space fantasy book, Across the Broken Stars: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49125250-across-the-broken-stars

[Sneak Peek] – Chapter 1 of Across the Broken Stars – My Upcoming Space Fantasy Novel

To celebrate the upcoming release of my epic space fantasy novel, Across the Broken Stars, I’m sharing chapter 1 of the book – read by yours truly. (If you want to read it instead, click here).

The book releases on Feb 3rd, 2020. I’m so excited to share it with you!

Click here to learn more (and to buy the book once it releases):

jedherne.com/acrossthebrokenstars

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Blurb:

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim…

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

“If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Kate Valent, Reedsy Discovery.

43. [Interview] Justin Call – Author of Master of Sorrows – board games, fantasy, and the creative life

Justin Call graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing. He has studied fantasy literature for almost two decades and is the author of Master of Sorrows, Book 1 of The Silent Gods tetralogy. Justin is also the CEO of Broomstick Monkey Games and co-designer of the games Imperial Harvest, Royal Strawberries, Royal Scum, and 8 Kingdoms. He currently lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, his two sons, his Great Dane (Pippa) and his St. Bernard-Mastiff (Herbie).

In this interview, we dive deep into his creative process, explore how designing board games has helped his world building, and discuss how he’s writing one of the most challenging and subversive fantasy series of this decade.

Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

https://justintcall.com/

@Justin_T_Call (twitter)

Justin’s top writing-advice books/resources:


– Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

– The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

– The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

– The Writing Excuses podcast

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Screenwriters

Justin’s top books/authors:

– ‘Crowfall’ by Ed McDonald

– Book of the Ancestor Series by Mark Lawrence

– Anything by Brandon Sanderson (I second this suggestion). 

My notes:

Half-Baked Stories podcast

@jedherne (Twitter, Instagram)

jedherne.com