Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

magical English landscape artwork Neil Mach

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

Brick Tamland artwork Neil Mach

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 Trees

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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Sophy Layzell

Learn more about Sophy and her journey into writing + how she balances so many skills & undertakings while at the same time finding (precious) time to write…

What is Whitsun?

Here in England, this weekend, we are celebrating Whitsun with fairs, fun-runs and festivities. If you live in a country that has a Christian tradition, you will have perhaps seen reference to “Pentecost” and, on rare occasions, to “Whit Sunday.” But what is Whitsun? What is Pentecost? From an ecclesiastical i.e. “churchy” point of view, …

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ten folkloric monsters

Are you looking for unusual monsters and less frequently referenced mythological beasts? Check out this list of weirder, rarer, and singularly uncommon creatures for your next fantasy inspiration. 1: Almaz The Almaz (above) are evil creatures of the forest with magical powers. The Almaz female is very beautiful with large breasts and golden hair, and …

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procession of elves by gwillieth

How do Elves — the veiled ones — contribute to our understanding of belief in hidden things?