The Truth Inside the Lie – Douglas Smith

On Writing About a Different Culture My recent novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, takes place in modern-day northern Ontario and continues the story of the Heroka, my human-like shape-shifting race that I introduced in my award-winning story, "Spirit Dance." Along with the Heroka mythology, The Wolf incorporates Cree and Ojibwa stories and traditions. Now, I’m a white male of British descent writing about First Nations culture and beliefs. Any author who writes about a current culture other than their own risks being accused of cultural appropriation. That risk is even greater if the writer belongs to…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Nathan Elberg

The World is a Wild Place People are different. Not just in appearance, or restaurant preference. Not just in intelligence, but how they apprehend the world. You might say there’s a pencil on a table. A Pacific Islander would say that the table lumps. You might say there are a few pencils on the table. The Islander would say the table lumps severally. You might say that your father’s brother’s children are your cousins, while your male siblings are your brothers. In many societies though, your father’s brother’s children might be just as much your brothers as your male siblings. You might believe in fundamentals, like honesty,…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Eileen Kernaghan

The Alchemy of Historical Fiction When I begin a historical fantasy set in a real time and place, I have an unspoken contract with my reader. I’m free to create new adventures for real historical figures – events and situations that are not recorded in the history books. But I can’t – or at least I shouldn’t – relocate them in times and places where history tells us they couldn’t possibly have been. When I write in the cracks and empty spaces of documented history, I try not to change the things that we know to be true. My research…

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Bonus Holiday Giveaway!

What the karg? It’s Goodreads giveaway time again but this time we’ve been overwhelmed by the Bliss and we’re giving away both books. You can enter to win a double signed copy of Warpworld and Wasteland Renegades. Give them as gifts or keep them as your raid trophies but enter before December 23rd for your chance at a successful multistrike!   Goodreads Book Giveaway Warpworld by Kristene Perron Giveaway ends December 23, 2013. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.   Enter to win Goodreads Book Giveaway Wasteland Renegades by Kristene Perron Giveaway ends December 23, 2013. See the giveaway details…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Andy Rogers

Let the Voyeurs In The most transformative lessons in my life are the ones that make me consider the sort of person I want to be. I’m talking about, ‘Who am I?’ in those I’m-all-alone-and-there-ain’t-nobody-that-can-ever-find-me-muhaha kind of situations. How do I truly want myself to behave? We all garb ourselves in various personas when we are subject to the perceptions of others. I hope for myself that I make reasonable choices with regards to how I behave in public. But at my core, what kind of person do I wish to be when I’m completely safe from scrutiny? I think…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Matthew Hughes

What Would Winston Churchill Say? I spent most of my adult life as a freelance speechwriter, writing mainly for CEOs (they don’t mind spending extravagant amounts on themselves) and the occasional politician.  I didn’t know I was a born speechwriter until I wrote my first speech, while working as assistant to a Member of Parliament.  I discovered I had the rare knack of being able to hear a speaker’s voice and speech patterns in my head, then write the text so that the words sounded natural. Mostly, I wrote bread-and-butter jobs, an endless succession of Chamber of Commerce luncheons and…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Noah Chinn

Prisoners of Gravity Next week on Second Nature… If those words ring a bell, you remember one of the best weekly TV interview shows a kid could have growing up. In 1989, TVOntario launched what was one of the most unusual interview show in Canadian television. It interviewed authors. Science fiction and fantasy authors. Keep in mind this was at a time where fandom wasn’t quite where it is today. Today conventions have hit a kind of mainstream critical mass that didn’t quite exist in the same way 20 years ago. This show was a glorious celebration of geek culture…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Nina Munteanu

The Battle of Grunwald and the Fate of the Teutonic Knights My part in this piece of history really started sometime in 2008 with the vision of an incredible image by Croatian artist Tomislav Tikulin. It was the image of a magnificent knight, standing in a war-littered mire and gazing up, questioning, at the vaulted ceiling of a drowned cathedral. A great light shone upon the knight in streams of white gold. It sent my imagination soaring with thoughts of chivalry, adventure and intrigue. Who was this knight? With that image imprinted inside me, the next nexus moment came when…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Ira Nayman

Rituals In social situations, writers and psychiatrists have a similar problem of perception. People become wary when talking to psychiatrists for fear that the shrink will analyze everything they say. In a similar vein, people are wary of talking to writers for fear that they will become (unsympathetic) characters in a story. Knowing this, whenever I used to meet people for the first time, I would tell them not to worry, that I wouldn’t use anything they told me in my writing. This is the story of how my attitude on this issue changed. I was talking on the phone…

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The Truth Inside the Lie – Joshua Simpson

Anyone who knows me in real life would not be shocked to learn the world I created for Warpworld was one rich in forests and water, populated by a class of independent mariners, featuring a female protagonist who rebels against the constraints of her gender and caste. As foreign as S’ora may seem to the uninitiated, to me it is the world I know and love, only set on a slightly different stage. It was simply fortunate happenstance that the world I knew contrasted so perfectly with the world and characters Josh had already created when we first sat down…

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