I discovered the Harry Dresden books in about 2004. I was wandering the stacks of my local public library, feeling a little disaffected. A lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fan, over the previous decade I had largely fled the genre, diving into mysteries, police procedurals, and action thrillers. You might say I traded Harlan Ellison for Harlan Coben. But I still checked out the Sci-Fi section, in the hopes that something new and interesting might strike my fancy. On this particular day, I noticed four books in what was obviously a series, called the Dresden Files. Always a sucker for anything I could enjoy longer than the week it takes to finish most single novels, I read the back cover. Hmm, I remember thinking, The only wizard listed in the Chicago phone book… Promising. Laurel K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison had come up during my self-imposed exile from Fantasy, so this was my first exposure to what I would later learn was called Urban Fantasy. Grafting the supernatural world onto the private eye motif sounded like fun, so I grabbed all four books and was off to the races. I still go back and re-read the series from the start every […]
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As an author, where do you find inspiration? This single query has been asked of me more than any other. It is a simple question, and yet it is one of the most difficult for me to answer because my work has so many influences ranging from literature to life experience. I can always say that books inspire me. After all, Lauraisha, one of my major characters in Skinshifter, was partly inspired by the character Menolly from Anne McCaffrey’s book Dragonsong. Likewise my Thorn and Thistle character Ebenezer is a bit of a nod to the crotchety old wizard Carolinus from Gordon R. Dickson’s Dragon and the George series. Certainly, different forms of media and art are more powerful influences. In fact, my first published short story “Sumari’s Solitude” was originally inspired by a painting entitled “Spirits of Hathor” by Debbie Hughes, which graced the cover of the Ruins Metropolis anthology where “Sumari’s Solitude” first appeared. Similarly, the setting idea for my short story “Paper Castles” came from a springtime photograph of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. when it was awash with pale pink cherry blossoms. Of course, music is essential to my writing. Hans Zimmer’s piece “Woad to […]
Check out my book review of Clockwork Menagerie, book 2.5 in the Shadows of Asphodel Series by Karen Kincy. For fans of steampunk and historical fiction.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life by Patti Larsen Life lessons can come in the oddest shapes and sizes, at the least expected times and with the whisper of a gift or the thunder stroke of the Universe taking the snow globe of your existence and giving it a hearty shake. I’ve experienced all of the above. Have been stubborn enough to ignore road signs and guidance and finally forced into change, but I’ve happily learned from every single shift. Lesson #1: I am good enough. As a writer, as a person, as a woman, as a friend and family member. My efforts are exactly what are required at any given time. Lesson #2: Saying no doesn’t mean the world will end. In fact, saying no when it feels right can actually make things better. I’ve had to learn to say it, choked on it a few times around guilt and fear, but ultimately spoke my truth and was stronger for it. Lesson #3: Saying thank you and not qualifying with an excuse. This was a New Year’s Resolution I’ve carried forward for many years now. How often are we given a compliment only to […]