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Finding Your Own Voice

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 @ 4:30 pm | 4Comments

Finding Your Own Voice

(or, in other words, how to make characters feel real)

by Jeff Wheeler

Inside almost every work of fiction, usually on the copyright page, is a disclaimer that publishers put there to deflect potential lawsuits stating that the incidents and people represented in the work are... Read More

Cover Reveal: The Hollow Crown (Kingfountain book#4)

Monday, December 5th, 2016 @ 3:58 pm | Comments Off

I've been waiting for days now to make this post, so I'm excited to do it now. As I wrote in the author's note of King's Traitor, as I was writing that book, I saw immediately another series in the world of Kingfountain. As you already know, the prequel novel Read More

Sci-Fi Roots

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 @ 3:27 pm | 6Comments

I’m a fantasy author, but it may surprise you to know that my first love was science fiction. I still have strong memories and impressions dating back to 1977 when I was sitting in the Century movie theaters on Winchester Blvd in San Jose (which, incidentally, kind of looked like... Read More

Cover Reveal: The Maid’s War (Kingfountain prequel)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 @ 6:28 pm | 3Comments

I'm super excited to share with you the fantastic cover art for my next book: The Maid's War. This is the one I mentioned in my previous blog post. It is a novel I was inspired to write based on Ankarette, the queen's poisoner, that so many of you know... Read More

What comes after Kingfountain?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 @ 12:58 am | 16Comments

Today is pub day for my novel, The King's Traitor. Everything about the Kingfountain series has been a risk for me. Writing from the point of view of an eight year old protagonist? And a boy at that? Thwarting the love interest in book two and making everyone (including myself)... Read More

One Million Words

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 @ 9:48 pm | 2Comments

I created this blog 10 years ago to document my journey to publication. It's really not worth reading chronologically, but I recently went back to a post I made on June 28, 2006. At that point in my life, I had recently shut down Deep Magic. I... Read More

New short story & on-line writer’s seminar

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 @ 12:21 am | 2Comments

What an amazing month it's been! I've re-booted Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction, spoken to a huge crowd at a local charter school, became a Wall Street Journal bestselling author because of The Thief's Daughter and will be teaching a fiction writing... Read More

Deep Magic is back!

Friday, May 6th, 2016 @ 5:00 am | Comments Off

I've been giddy with excitement about this for months now and can finally share it. After a 10 year hiatus, Deep Magic is back! Ten years ago, we shut down the e-zine after a four-year run including 49 issues. In June, exactly ten years later, we'll be re-launching Deep Magic: the... Read More

Kindle First: The Queen’s Poisoner (my new book!)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 @ 9:08 am | 9Comments

It's finally here -- the big secret I've been hinting at for months! When Amazon Publishing offered me the Kindle First deal for my new book last year, I was giddy with excitement but couldn't talk about it openly. Here's how it works. For Amazon Prime members, you get to... Read More

What love really looks like

Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 8:19 pm | 2Comments

I don't know if I've been a hopeless romantic for most of my life, but probably so. All my books have some romance in them--well, except maybe the Wishing Lantern! One of the reasons I've loved The Empire Strikes Back so much is it coined the phrase "scruffy-looking nerf herder" which... Read More