What should the hero do when he finally has the villain in his power? Use non-lethal means of incapacitating his enemy? Kill him? In this video, I talk about why authors (or readers) choose one over the other, and why sometimes killing the villain is necessary.
I grew up surrounded by large families and I love it when families and siblings show up in fiction. Watch the video to find out one of my favorite fictional families!
I've written before about mistakes a lot of fantasy authors make when naming their characters, but some authors really know what they're doing when it comes to names. These are my favorite names, and a little bit about the characters and stories themselves:
I have read so many fantastic books in 2019, both SFF and nonfiction. What books did I pick out of my TBR pile this year? Check out the video, and the links below!
A few weeks ago, I posted a video about how disability and chronic illness is represented in fiction, both insensitively and sensitively. The video was inspired by a blog post by author Hannah Heath, who deals with chronic pain and other issues related to her Lyme Disease, and who has included characters with disabilities in her own fiction books.
I reached out to Hannah and asked if she would do a Skype interview with me for my YouTube channel and she said YES! This video is longer than my usual videos (30 minutes) but totally worth the time. Hannah tells her story with chronic illness, discusses the three most common misrepresentations she sees in fiction, and recommends some books that tell a great story while sensitively including key characters with disabilities.
Maybe it's imperfect. Maybe the flow isn't great, maybe the characterization is just a little flat, maybe there's one glaring plot hole.
And maybe it's still one of your favorite books.
Today I'm talking about those imperfect books that still capture the magic of story. Share your favorite flawed book!
I have three separate chronic illnesses, so when it comes to science fiction and fantasy that portrays characters with disabilities and chronic conditions, I am especially interested. Is the character a well-rounded, realistically-portrayed character? Or is the character a stereotype for "disabled" in order to wring sympathy from the reader or provide motive for some later action?
This week on "Coffee With Yaasha," I discuss my thoughts in relation to my own story and to the thought-provoking blog post "Writing Disabled Characters: What You're Doing Wrong" by Hannah Heath. I also collected recommendations from my fellow authors and bookworms about SFF books that portray disabilities and chronic illness well.
The recommended books:
Bethany A. Jennings at @simmeringmind asked this question this week on Instagram and her observations resonated so powerfully with me that I decided to discuss it further in this week's "Coffee With Yaasha." In this digital age, we can feel pressured to read, post, review, bookstagram... instead of just reading. Check out Bethany's story and my follow-up story:
Do you feel like social media has overcomplicated reading? If so, how do you distance yourself so that you can enjoy the benefits both of being part of the bookish community and reading just for pure enjoyment?
Join the conversation and comment below!
I'm so stoked to share with you one mistake that I've seen sabotaging people from their goals.
It almost sabotaged Bilbo Baggins, it almost sabotaged me, and it's currently sabotaging a lot of indie authors and goal-setters.
You don't have to make this mistake!
Check out the newest upload to my "Coffee With Yaasha" playlist, entitled, "A Lesson From Bilbo Baggins," or keep scrolling to read about it.
I first learned about Inktober last October, when I was browsing through my Instagram feed. What was this? Fantastic ink drawings? These people were seriously talented! I wanted to do that too!
Twenty minutes later, I crumpled my piece of paper and threw my pen with disgust. Nope. I was not an artist.
In January 2017, I started to bullet journal and, because no one was watching and there was no pressure, I began to draw again. Those early drawings were awful, but they improved. And now, this October, I realized I was ready to take on the #Inktober challenge. To my delight, I discovered that not only artists, but authors, had now joined the challenge! While artists penned an ink drawing according to the Inktober daily prompts, authors penned 50 word microfiction. The results from these authors are just as spectacular and talented as the results from the artists!
I write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that burns through the darkest realities with truth and redemption.
Learn more here!