Bringing a Character to Life

Bringing a Character to Life

Bringing a Character to Life Making characters come alive is one of the trickiest, but most important elements of writing. When you see how they look in your mind — and can hear their voice echoing — then you’ve begun to know who they are. But it’s not...
My Favorite Villain

My Favorite Villain

My Favorite Villain Much of the focus of my stories is on the path of heroes, since, as Joseph Campbell so wisely taught, every great and enduring adventure involves the journey of a hero who works toward a worthy goal. But some of the most memorable stories have...
Dragons I Have Known

Dragons I Have Known

Dragons I Have Known How do you describe a dragon? Dragons are a frequent subject in the marvelous messages I receive from readers, and many of them have put this question to me in one form or another. Describing characters well is a great challenge for any writer,...
Why Do I Write Fantasy?

Why Do I Write Fantasy?

Why Do I Write Fantasy? If you imagine where I live in Colorado—beside a willow-draped creek that is home to  wild coyotes, foxes, hawks and owls—you can guess how much inspiration this place gives me.  And in the distance, from the windows of my writing room in our...