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5 Reasons to Read (and Write) Fantasy

5 Reasons to Read (and Write) Fantasy
Guest Post by Coleen Torres

The genre of fantasy is one that you either love or you hate. Some people find it ridiculous and trivial, others think it is the most creative and freeing genre in the universe. Then there are others that don’t really have an opinion. They can’t say they hate it because they’ve never read it, but they can’t say they like it either. It is just there; dragons and wizards, fairies and wraiths, all those story-book characters come to live in adult novels. But there are good reasons to love fantasy, or at least dabble in it.

1. It is the first–The first books we are ever exposed to as children are fantasies. Princesses and knights fighting dragons. Sea monsters and fairies. Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, all those classic children’s tales are really fantasy. Who says you have to grow out of them? We all enjoyed the freedom of those stories, the unlimited child-like imagination they produced. Why not keep reading?

2. It allows you to be flexible-–People are always advising you to think outside the box. There’s nothing more ‘outside the box’ than fantasy. A complete world on its own, with its own rules and languages and morals. Not only do you learn to think differently by reading such things, but if you write them, you really get to dig deep and come up with your own ideas. Things you could never think of in everyday life now become commonplace in the world of your own making.

3. It allows you to learn–-When you create an entireworld as a writer, you get a better grasp on the one you are in. Why do things work the way they do? What are people’s motivations and desires? Why do they think or react that way or this way? Even more than drama, fantasy lets writer put characters into situations that mimic everyday life, but blow it way out of proportion. By putting characters in those situations, writers learn what makes characters in calmer situations react the way they do. After all, who hasn’t compared their boss to a dragon?

4. It allows you to stretch–-As a reader or a writer, you want to grow. You want to expand your understanding and imagination. What better way to do that than with fantasy. Literally anything you can come up with is fine. Your job is to make it all fit together. You stretch your brain, teaching it new ways of thinking and putting people and situations together to make sense.

5. It allows you to escape–There is enough pain and suffering in the world. Sometimes, you just want to escape from it all. That’s where fantasy really shines. Unlike the real-life drama of a romance novel, a crime novel, or a mystery, fantasy allows you to change worlds completely, with nothing to remind you of the problems you want to forget. Dive into a book and take some time off from the real world.
There are many things to be said for fantasy. It’s not a children’s genre. In fact, some of the best loved and longest lasting novels out there are fantasy. If you’ve never tried reading, or writing, a fantasy story, then try one today. You are sure to find something to love in this genre.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Coleen Torres from home phone service. You can find more about her at her profile.

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Deseret News Article

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(Photo by Freeman Stevenson)

Cool article about one of the book signings I did last week at Eborn Books at the South Towne Mall appeared in the Deseret News.

Both of the signings went really well and between 30-40 of my fans came to see me. There are still a few copies of my autographed books at the Eborn Bookstore at the South Towne Mall (second level right by the Dillards and the coffee shop) and at the Valley Fair Mall, also Eborn Books near the Famous Footwear.

Here’s a link to the article in the Desert News.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865550562/Local-sci-fi-and-fantasy-authors-reach-out-to-fans.html?pg=1

Paul Genesse
Author of The Secret Empire
www.paulgenesse.com

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This is a big deal. I’m signing books with three awesome writers. L.E. Modesitt (a legend) and Dave Farland (an icon), who are both New York Times bestsellers, and Byran Young, who is made of awesome, practically a Jedi Knight, who has actually met Yoda. I’m not kidding here.

If you come I can promise a free 11×17 inch poster of the cover of my third book, The Secret Empire. I’ll also have copies of all my books in trade paperback, and some CD eBooks of both Crimson Pact anthologies.

First up, I’ll be at the South Towne Mall from 11-1.
Then I’ll be at the Valley Fair Mall from 2-4.

If you can’t come, please check out these authors books on Amazon.com. All of mine are now available as eBooks and trade paperbacks.

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This is a big deal. I’m signing books with three awesome writers. L.E. Modesitt (a legend) and Dave Farland (an icon), who are both New York Times bestsellers, and Byran Young, who is made of awesome, practically a Jedi Knight, who has actually met Yoda. I’m not kidding here.

If you come I can promise a free 11×17 inch poster of the cover of my third book, The Secret Empire. I’ll also have copies of all my books in trade paperback, and some CD eBooks of both Crimson Pact anthologies.

First up, I’ll be at the South Towne Mall from 11-1.
Then I’ll be at the Valley Fair Mall from 2-4.

If you can’t come, please check out these authors books on Amazon.com. All of mine are now available as eBooks and trade paperbacks.

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My Top Ten Moments at LTUE 2012

Top Ten Moments for me at Life, The Universe and Everything (LTUE) a writing conference held at Utah Valley University (UVU). This was its 30th year and still going strong.

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#1 My friend and fan Lyda Mae doing a spontaneous tai chi routine for me in the middle of the lobby at UVU on the first day. She’s been confined to a wheel chair for years, but after a successful surgery SHE CAN WALK AGAIN! This was the best news of the weekend.

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#2 James A. Owen’s keynote address, which was so incredibly inspiring (listen to the audio here, it’s worth your time). James is not only a motivational speaker, but is an amazing illustrator and author. Please check out his books after you listen to his speech.

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#3 Having dinner with James A. Owen and some of my friends Thursday night. The best dinner ever at LTUE.

#4 Tracy Hickman saying he was having a “fan boy moment” when he ran into me while I was being interviewed on Residual Hauntings Revived

#5 Attending a seminar on how to give a good reading by Hugo and Campbell award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal—she’s the best reader in sci-fi fantasy writing today. She also did a two minute shadow puppet show—she’s a professional puppeteer and totally awesome.

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#6 Listening to Mary Robinette Kowal read from her upcoming novel, Glamour in Glass, coming in April 2012. It’s Jane Austen with magic.

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#7 Getting to hang out with Patrick Tracy, my best friend.

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Authors Dan Wells, Paul Genesse, Larry Correia, and Zachary Hill

#8 Seeing so many friends and fans.

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# 9 The Secret Empire (my third book) hitting number 57 on Amazon.com’s eBook bestseller list the first day of the conference. It went from 20,0000 to 57 that day.

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#10 Selling out of Book 1, The Golden Cord in the UVU bookstore.

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Residual Hauntings Revived Interview

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Hello Friends,

Here’s a link to a really fun 15 minute interview I gave at a writers conference this past weekend on Residual Hauntings Revived with Tom Carr, Jess the Ghost Girl, and Russ Cook. My interview starts at the 35 minute mark.

Tracy Hickman came by during my interview and said some really nice things about me. It was so unexpected for him to say he was having a “fan boy” moment about me. Wow. It was so surreal.

Before my interview you’ve got a great interview with Charlie Harmon, the program director of LTUE, and then a hilarious interview with author David Butler, who has written some awesome novellas called, Rock Band Fights Evil 1 through 3 right now. You should hear Dave because he’s so funny.

There’s also an interview with New York Times Bestseller Larry Correia; horror writer and professor of creative writing, Michael Brent Collings; and the hilarious author Bill Housley.

http://residualhauntings.podomatic.com/entry/2012-02-11T20_05_15-08_00

Paul Genesse
Author of The Secret Empire, Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series
Editor of The Crimson Pact anthology Series
http://www.paulgenesse.com

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Making a Book Trailer

I’m on a panel at 2:00 PM today Feb. 9, 2012 at a writing conference, LTUE, on making a book trailer, which is something I have some experience with. Below I’ve pasted some videos and links for people’s reference.

Here are some questions we’re going to answer:

How do you say enough about the book with out giving away too much?
Short answer: you use your elevator pitch line, a modified version of that for the text.

Are the worth they worth the expense and the hassle?
Yes, and possibly no.

Where are the best places for book trailers?
On your website and YouTube.

What are some good examples of book trailers?
Check below and look at the trailer for A Girl of Fire and Thorns and also look at The Crimson Pact trailer.

What equipment do you need?
Money or video editing software, and/or free images–I’ve posted links below to some stock photo sites I use.

This is the best book trailer I’ve ever seen. The book the trailer below is about is: A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Book Trailer from Hilly and Hannah on Vimeo.

Go to Rae’s website to learn more. She got this trailer for free. It showed up one morning in her inbox. She had no idea it was even being made. Totally amazing. http://www.raecarson.com/

This is the book trailer I made for The Crimson Pact Volume 1

Please check out The Crimson Pact story trailers for volume 2 on thecrimsonpact.com, or on The Crimson Pact YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCrimsonPact?ob=0

This is the book trailer a friend of mine made for The Dragon Hunters.

This is the book trailer for The Golden Cord, made by a friend of mine, with music by another friend of mine.

You can get awesome music for book trailers at http://www.shockwave-sound.com/

Find awesome pictures here:
http://www.istockphoto.com/

and here: http://www.sxc.hu/

You can see how my book trailers are posted on my website, here: www.paulgenesse.com

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