Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with American SF/Fantasy/Horror author Laura Anne Gilman.
L.A Kornetsky is the author of the Gin & Tonic series (Collared, Fixed and Doghouse). Under the name Laura Anne Gilman, she writes SF/Fantasy and horror, including the Nebula-nominated Vineart War trilogy. She lives in NYC with two cats and a time-share dog, none of whom could catch a mouse, much less a criminal.
Learn more at www.lauraanegilman.net or follow her on Twitter: @LAGilman.
And now here is Laura in her own words:
Mostly my advice to writers is “stop listening to other people and do what works consistently for you.” But when held to the wall and told to share something specific, I’ll choke out “show character!”
No, wait. It will make sense, I swear.
For example, me? I was always a mystery writer. But I didn’t write mysteries.
For years – for my entire writing career, really, I was a fantasy-genre girl, most noted for the Retrievers and PSI urban fantasy series, and the Nebula-nominated Vineart War epic fantasy trilogy. If you’d asked anyone, they would have said I was a fantasy writer, with occasional dabbles into horror and SF.
But a few years ago, the editor who had acquired the Vineart War trilogy came to me and said, (summing up) “most of your fantasy books are also mysteries, plot-wise.” Continue reading