What did we learn in the course of Author Chat? Well, we definitely learned about how much all of us love Dune.
The final round of author chat is live at Leigh Bardugo’s tumblr! Check it out to discover which author all of us lie about having read! (hint: it rhymes with Lonathan Spanzen)
Have you enjoyed these four rounds of author chat? Of course you have (I think?)! After all, it was Django Wexler, Teresa R. Frohock, and Leigh Bardugo in all their awesome glory, with me bringing up the rear like an adorable little caboose! (aw, look at those amazing fantasy authors — they’re so nice to let M. L. Brennan play along) (I kid, of course — though if you want to have your mind blown by amazing fantasy this holiday season, check out The Thousand Names, Miserere: An Autumn Tale, and Shadow and Bone. They make great gifts, too! And you can toss on a copy of Generation V to make it over the hump into the free shipping)
You know what all the cool kids are buying? These. You don’t want to be left out, do you? Succumb to peer pressure!
We did this author chat to try to capture a little of that experience of going to a panel at a con, and seeing authors answer questions and have a bit of fun. But we wouldn’t be able to fully capture a panel without the final, most crucial part — audience participation!
Do you have a question you’d like the panel to answer? Post it in the comments, and over the next few days, we’ll sift through and find the ones that are the most awesome. Then keep your eyes peeled in January for Author Chat II: Fan Service.
I leave you with this final bit of awesome:
Did you miss any of the earlier rounds of Author Chat? If so, check them out here:
Author of the Generation V urban fantasy series, published by Roc Books. Not your usual vampires, kitsune shapeshifters with attitude, Doctor Who jokes, and underemployment. GENERATION V and its sequel, IRON NIGHT, available wherever books are sold. Third installment, TAINTED BLOOD, to be published 11/14.
What do you all think about the recent trend and theme of screenwriting books as models and templates for would-be authors?
I don’t know about that, Paul. Can you give me a little more detail?
I was referring to all the interest I see lately in stuff like the screenwriting book “Save the Cat” and similar books as templates for writing.
SAVED BY GOOGLE! Okay, I can answer that now, I know what you’re talking about.
Movies and novels share a lot of the same general story structures. Frankly, I think every author goes about the process differently, and a lot of us have to fish around until we find the method that works best. I generally use the three act structure, which is often found in a lot of movies and screenplays.
The two techniques (screenwriting and novel writing) are very close in nature, so screenwriting templates could easily work. It’s all storytelling. Just different mediums.