Why Should I Read Historical Fiction?

Why do readers read historical fantasy? Should you read it? What exactly would you get out of it? Like fantasy, it has to do with the interest of the setting itself, how that setting affects the characters, and the enjoyment of learning about a new culture through a meaningful story. The difference between Historical Fiction and Fantasy is that, unlike fantasy, that culture actually existed, so you are possibly learning and connecting with a real aspect of human history.

David Stewart is the author of Japanese Historical Fiction book Muramasa: Blood Drinker, which takes place in the late Muromachi period of Feudal Japan, otherwise known as the Sengoku, or warring states period.

Why You Should Read Fantasy

In the video below I go over the main reasons that you should read fantasy if you are not doing so already. Fantasy delivers unique settings that are of interest on their own, something not usually present in “realist” fiction. This setting also creates unique characters with perspectives on the human experience that can be profoundly different from what you experience outside of the genre, and this in turn creates plots and stories that are highly original. Don’t be afraid of the big fantasy tomes, because worlds await… If you want to see where I take fantasy you can read…

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Writers of the Dawn podcast, episode 2: Settings

Today Matt and I talk about story settings and world building. What exactly is a story setting? It’s much more than place and time, as we discuss.

Find Matt at matthewjwellman.com

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Deep Time launched and Muramasa: Blood Drinker available free for a limited time

This week marks the first major launch of the massive hard scifi IP Deep Time, spearheaded my novel Prophet of the Godseed on the Amazon Kindle platform. My historical fantasy novel Muramasa: Blood Drinker is also available free for a limited time. Now’s the time to grab it. I’m exceedingly proud of these two works, and of being able to bring them to the market. I’m looking forward to releasing both of these as paperbacks in the coming months, so be sure to check back of follow me on Amazon and YouTube to keep up with what’s going on. In the meantime, don’t forget…

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How Design a Book Cover: Copying a Best-Seller in Inkscape (video)

Every wonder what goes into a modern book cover? In the video below you can watch me go through every step, from blank document to finished product, to create a modern book cover using only stock photography, Inkscape (a free vector and object program), and a little know-how. I demonstrate this by copying the design of the cover for Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, a best-selling fantasy epic that uses a standard photographic book cover. In essence, most modern book covers are composed of several photographs that are blended together to create the image of a scene or location, and…

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New Short Story Run from “Deep Time”

Having completed the rewrite and the re-run of the first act of my first book, Dissonant Tides, I thought it might be time for some different content. I will be running (starting today) a story from my science fiction universe created with Matt Wellman, Deep Time.  This story, which will be integrated into the first full novel of this universe, details how the Macbeth Clan comes to have the person of Moses on board the fleet-ship and also gives a large amount of background information as to how the fleet-ship functions and how the universe operates within the confines of relativity. I hope you will enjoy this scifi story!