Susan J. Morris
Omnivoracious Editor
A very logical child, Susan grew up reading stories about monsters by night and looking for them on the playground by day--scientifically rigorously--because she couldn't believe the world would be so boring as to be born without monsters. Dark, poetic, gritty sci-fi/fantasy and YA are her favorite inspirations, but she maintains that "It was there" is also a perfectly valid excuse to read a book.

Recent posts by Susan

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Writing with Repercussions

Writing isn’t just about action and dialogue and description. It’s not even just about all that and a few characters and a plot. Because what brings it to life—more than vivid descriptions, intricate world building, and scintillating dialogue, all put together—is having a world whose characters and other bits are...

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Guy Gavriel Kay on Writing River of Stars

When you pick up a Guy Gavriel Kay book, you know you are in for an intense experience. Guy Gavriel Kay is a master at creating compelling, complex, human characters in which the reader can’t help but become invested—even if their initial presentation is somewhat less than heroic. His fluency...

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How Important Is It to Write About [Vampires]?

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions to: me “at” susanjmorris “dot” com. Dear Susan, I read...

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Sarah Russo on How to Promote Your Book (and Yourself)

Do you have a quest ion about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions to: me “at” susanjmorris “dot” com. Dear Susan, My...

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How to Write a Damn Good Dance Scene

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions to me "at" susanjmorris "dot" com. Dear Susan, I attended...

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R. A. Salvatore on Using First and Third Person in the Same Book

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email your question in to: me "at" susanjmorris "dot" com. Hi Susan, Thanks so...

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What’s Genre Good For, Anyway?

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions to: me "at" susanjmorris "dot" com. Dear Susan, Here’s my...

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How Writing a Short Story Differs From Writing a Novel

Do you have a question about your fantasy nov el, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions to: me "at" susanjmorris "dot" com. Dear Susan, Thanks...

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Ask Writers Don’t Cry

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer? Or, have you recently read a socks-off-knocking, page-a-rocking fantasy epic, with this thing that does this other thing that’s so awesome you’d just die to be able to do...

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Validation and the Writer

As every writer knows all too well, validation? Is hard to come by. At a job, it’s “good job” on getting there on time, on nailing that sales pitch, and on bringing in those tasty donuts (teambuilding, people!). At an exercise class, it’s “good job!” for being there, for smiling,...

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