Katie Fetting: Five Reasons Writers Choose To Break History

Hanna is a 1st gen American of German immigrant parents. When WWII breaks out, she seeks to prove her allegiance to the U.S. After rigorous training at Camp X (Google it!), she becomes a spy. Our graphic novel opens in early 1945. Hanna’s assignment? Take a German officer from Munich to Genoa — avoiding the Nazis, the Russians, the Americans. Why? Well, maybe this assignment isn’t exactly ‘authorized’… Ever see a movie with a know-it-all? If you haven’t, you probably are that know-it-all. If so, you relish pointing out every... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: A Scary Story, Part Two!

Psst. Yeah, you. *pulls off werewolf mask* Click here. See in the comments? People have written scary stories — or, rather, the first part of a scary story. Your job now is to continue the tale. Grab one you like and write PART TWO of it – But once again: do not end it. You are not to conclude the story! But rather, leave it open. Write part two at your online space, but please make sure in your tale to link to the first part. Your second chapter is due by... Read The Rest →

Announcing: Exeunt

HEY, LOOK, A BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT. From Publishers Marketplace: NYT-bestselling author Chuck Wendig’s EXEUNT, a post-apocalyptic novel pitched as in the vein of THE STAND about a mysterious event in which a thousand people begin walking together to the same unknown destination — and the loved ones who follow along to protect them, and a second untitled novel, to Tricia Narwani at Del Rey, by Stacia Decker at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. I am very excited about this. I am so geeked to be continuing my relationship with Del Rey, and especially with Tricia, who is aces.... Read The Rest →

Nik Abnett: Five Things I Learned Writing Savant

His mind can save the world, if she can save him from the human race…  The Shield is Earth’s only defence. Rendering the planet invisible from space, it keeps humanity safe from alien invasion. The Actives maintain the shield – no one is sure how – but without them, the Shield cannot function. When an Active called Tobe finds himself caught in a probability loop, the Shield is compromised. Soon, Tobe’s malady spreads among the Active. Earth becomes vulnerable. Tobe’s assistant, Metoo, is only interested in his wellbeing. Earth security’s paramount concern is the preservation... Read The Rest →

Cassandra Khaw: Five Things I Learned Writing Hammers On Bone

John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable. He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth. As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading... Read The Rest →

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