Every culture has its quirks, and it's so much fun to see those unexpected differences show up in a fantasy or science fiction setting! Today I talk about real-life cultural differences, and the way in which my science-fantasy work-in-progress has required me to develop my world more. What books have you read that jolt you outside of your own culture and immerse you in an entirely different perspective?
Should the Hero Kill the Villain?
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.
Siblings in Fiction
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!
My Top 10 Favorite Fictional Names
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:
The Books I Read in 2019
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!
Your Faults Might Be Your Strengths
I tend to get reflective as the year comes to a close. What went well? What can I do better? Today on "Coffee With Yaasha," I share the question that has most bothered me this year as I've written novels, nonfiction resources, and connected with other authors.
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.
Today is the day! You are about to blast off on a twelve-day journey through many worlds, some that look like our own and some that are far, far away. What souvenirs will you collect on the way?
I'm so excited to be participating in a fantastic Christmas event, featuring a new SFF author every day. Do you like free books? Book swag? Discounts? Then you've come to the right place! Remember, the goodies are available for THAT DAY ONLY, so keep an eye on social media and the authors' blogs to know what's happening where. Or (better yet) sign up for the authors' email lists to get an email reminder on the day of their event. I also have a handy list at the end of this email to help you keep all the details straight. ?
Today is my turn to host and I can't wait to share the fun with you!
(Also, here's a video that explains the event!)
Free & Discounted Fantasy and Science Fiction!
I'm super stoked to announce that this Sunday kicks off a fantastic event, the 12 Days of Christmas SFF Blog Tour, featuring books by twelve talented science fiction and fantasy authors. Every day, stop by a different author’s blog and/or social media page to nab books and bookish delights. The goodies are available for THAT DAY ONLY, so take a look at the list below to know whose blog to visit on which day. Better yet, sign up for the authors' email lists to get an email reminder on the day that they host the event.
What's Your Favorite Imperfect Book?
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 write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that explores fantastic and interconnected worlds, with stories that burn through the darkest realities with hope and redemption.
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