Derek Alan Siddoway is the author of the Teutevar Saga, a ‘medieval western’ series combing epic fantasy with the ideals and themes of the American West. His newest series, Gryphon Riders, is a fast-paced coming of age YA trilogy. He’s written novels and novellas, short stories and trilogies. Oh, and apparently he likes peach … More An Interview with Derek Alan Siddoway
As many others are doing, right now, probably right this very second, I have accepted the challenge of NaNoWriMo. You know the one, the crazy writing exercise that a few hundred thousand writers take on every November? Write one book, 50 000 words, in 30 days. Well, for the last 2 years I’ve watched November come … More how the hell does someone write a whole book in a month?
Q – You and James have a world you co-created. Can you tell us a bit about that process? How do you decide who will take on what parts of the world, how is the Legacy divided? The world itself evolved quite organically, derived partially as the setting of a homebrew RPG, and partially from … More An Interview with Christopher Æsc Adams, Legacy of Ash Co-creator
So, I’ve been doing some editing, some rewriting, going back through a ton of old notes when I stumbled on this little piece. I wrote this before Chris and I had really developed what the old Rukaran society was like, so parts of this may change. This was an personal exercise for me, a way to … More Cast the First Stone
So, this should be a quick post. I should be editing and writing today, but here I am, looking at my blog and thinking about maps. Maps are so critical for me, and probably the biggest problem I have with eBooks. Maps suck on an eReader. I long to open a book and see … More a good map to lead you on your journey
Stories are my myths. They have helped form my belief system. X-Men, Superman, Stars Wars, Dr Who, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and He-Man. All of it. These are my legends, my myths. Our myths. (Hang on. Quick disclaimer. This post is all James. I’m not saying Chris is or is not of the … More Why I Love Stories
One thing I love about big fat fantasy books is the histories. The creation of a world, of a universe, often depends on building a rich history. Whether that be a few decades, centuries, or millennia, there can be just as much backstory put into your writing as the stories you actually reveal. Eventually, you … More The Sundering
An interview with James Downe Q – You have a finished novel that is currently in search of a publisher. Could you tell us a bit about it? James – Almost finished. ‘The Hounds of Tyrant’ is so close to being done, but as an artist it is hard for me to consider anything ever … More An Interview with James Downe, Legacy of Ash Co-creator