Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about indie speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At SFF World, Kameron Hurley discusses the problem of overly narrow genre categories.
- At the SFR Brigade, Heather Massey wonders why writers of science fiction romance seem to have such a problem recommending other science fiction romances.
- Eric Brown attempts to define the appeal of Steampunk.
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show offers an incomplete World SF reading list.
- Natalie Luhrs points out that lists of upcoming speculative fiction books often skew heavily towards male authors, while whole subgenre are neglected.
- C.P.D. Harris explains why Jack the Ripper would make a great fantasy villain.
Writing and marketing:
- At The Atlantic, Stephen King talks about how he teaches writing.
- Chuck Wendig explains why you should write what you love.
- At Write Publish Now! Neal Martin talks about finding your true writing voice.
- Steampunk writer S.C. Green gives an insight into her writing process (with bonus cat pictures).
- J. Drew Brumbaugh talks about writing his novel War Party.
- Jamie Maltman talks about his character Elysia.
- Horror author Rick Gualtieri explains author sales milestones as told by a D&D gamer.
- Dave Farland shares his five commandments for (indie) authors.
- Matthew Kadish discusses Facebook marketing for authors.
- At the Author Zone, Kas Thomas discusses Twitter analytics and whether Twitter can help you sell books.
- Karissa Chen interviews Hugo award winning fantasy writer and translator Ken Liu.
- Stacy Claflin interviews Kevin Tumlinson.
- K.J. Bryen interviews fantasy writer Michael La Ronn.
- Judy Goodwin interviews fantasy writer Brad McDowell.
- Judy Goodwin also interview Steampunk writer S.B. James.
- The To Be Read podcast, hosted by Patrick Stemp, Michael La Ronn and Jamie Maltman, always features great interviews with indie authors.
Book and movie reviews:
- Elena Linville reviews Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk.
- At Black Gate, Donald Crankshaw reviews Malarat by Jessica Rydill.
- Heidi Garrett reviews Eleanor by Jason Gurley.