Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

The Violet Fairy Book (1906)

I promote fantasy thinking as a vital part of anyone’s creative endeavour. And here I explain why fantasy thinking is crucial for creativity…

If you are presently preparing a fantasy adventure for this year’s NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, could I encourage you to consider shifting the fashionable tropes of fantasy and flipping those worn out old stereotypes? For instance, why do wizards have to be enlightened old men? Why wise, why old, and most important, why male?  Why …

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I’m thrilled to chat with Dr Kristy Sumner of Soul Sisters Paranormal. Kristy is a qualified paranormal investigator.

Collective memory is the bigger and more powerful brother of folk memory and it helps explain faith and belief and a host of glorious mythologies, but collective memory (as a shared set of memories) can also help safeguard & nurture a species whose members can instantaneously & reflectively connect and synchronise with each other. We …

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From the tales of Owain Glyndŵr, to King Arthur and his knights, this landscape has nourished creative minds across many centuries,..

You don’t simply write with pencil & paper, you also write with heart, with determination, with conscience and with expectation… but do you know yourself well enough to answer 8 simple questions?

Wishing is fun. It gives us a sense of calm. Wishes are used in fantasy fiction, myth and fable to “make things happen” that, of course, would never naturally happen without external influence… but what are the rules around wishing? And can wishes be bad for you?

Fantasy involves play, imagination, & invention. If your written work isn’t playful, imaginative, and inventive, it (still) might be fiction, but trust me, it won’t be fantasy! Here are lots of tips…

Fantasy author Amanda Fleet

What is adult contemporary fantasy? In this highly entertaining interview with Amanda Fleet, author of the Guardians of The Realm series, we examine the essential ingredients of adult contemporary fantasy. Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and teaches science and medicine to undergraduates at St Andrews University in Scotland. While working in the College …

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Author Jean Lee

Wisconsin resident Jean Lee, author of the young adult novel series “Fallen Princeborn” is a busy mum, so how does she find time to write? In this interesting interview she describes her writing processes and discusses how to stay energized and supercharged as 21st century creative. She also talks about magical portals! “Fallen Princeborn: Stolen” …

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