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Lost in The Wood -- Leonard and Ann Marie Wilson

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New Cover Incoming

Collection of book covers from Lost in the Wood Press Cover designs by Peter O'Connor, background image by Darkmoon Art on Pixabay

Our next book is on its way, with the cover all but finalized and the advance-reader copies (ARCs) being assembled this weekend.

Interstellar Goth Princess Blues, our portal-fantasy romance sequel to Learning to Spel…

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The Fellowship of Conway Literati Presents...

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A few years ago when we were still struggling with the concept of finishing all those novels we'd start writing, we stumbled on a local attempt to tackle just that problem, promoting National Novel Writing Month through the local library. And that was the year ev…

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Social Self-Defense is a Critical Survival Skill

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An experienced martial artist doesn't have to wait for a blow to land to know what's coming. He doesn't have to be told. He watches. There are only so many ways a human body can move. His opponent is going to telegraph what's about to happen based on little cue…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #8

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"Is perfectionism okay?"



— Asked on Quora (Perfectionism)


Sure! But only if you do it exactly right.

— Leonard

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Fantasy Fiction Doesn't Need Gatekeepers

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The first full-length novel I ever read was The Hobbit, followed soon after by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The books became a formative part of my childhood, even if I did give up on trying to read the Silmarillion.

As something of a Tolkien fan, it hasn't escaped…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #7

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"Feeling humble. Just received a request from a gentleman in Pennsylvania, asking for an autograph to be sent. (I'm UK) Anybody else experienced similar?"



— Asked on Facebook (AmWritingFantasy)


Yes, I was a gentleman in Pennsylvania once—but…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #6

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"Why did Shakespeare give so many of his characters names that do not suit their nationality or timeframe? E.g., Juliet is more French than Italian."



— Asked on Quora (Shakespeare Plays, William Shakespeare, English Literature, Literature)


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In Search of Epic Fantasy Horror

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So here's something that feels kind of weird.

I grew up thinking I didn't like horror stories because, but it turns out that was because during most of my childhood, "horror" w…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #5

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What will you personally lose if the US enacts universal health care?"




—  Asked on Quora (Universal Healthcare, Healthcare Policy, Health Insurance, The United States of America)


My car keys.

Not that I expect …

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #4

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"What is more important- truth or fact, and why?"




— Asked by Anat Eliraz


Who, where, when, how? They all fade into insignificance unless propped up by a good, solid, "What?"—preferably with at least two or three exclamation marks.
I c…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #3

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"What do you think are the 5 darkest series in all grimdark?"



— Asked on Facebook (Fantasy-Faction - Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Discussion)


In no particular order:

• ABC World News Tonight
• CBS Evening News
• NBC Nightly News…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #2

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"A friend of mine is looking for a book. No title or author name. Here's the description: two brothers (grown men), one a little slow-witted, both enjoy jigsaw puzzle, slow one has the ability to teleport. They are being chased/hunted, possibly by the govern…

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Useless Answers to Real Questions #1

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"What makes a villain three-dimensional?"





— Asked on Quora (Supervillains, Fiction Writing, Villains, Heroes, Fiction, Comics (narrative art), Fictional Characters)


It's the special glasses.

— Leonard

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Useless Answers to Real Questions

"Do you have a super power and how do people react to it?"

— Asked on Quora (Super Power (ability), Superpowers (special powers), Human Behavior, Survey Question)


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Well, since you asked, yes: I do indeed have a super power. I was gifted with th…

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Yes, Dark Fantasy Can Go Too Dark

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Time for a visit to Ye Auld Social Media Mailbag.

Q: "Have you ever read dark fantasy so dark that you don't like it? Why?"

If you're looking for a broad psychological reason: why do amusement parks build roller-coasters? I mean, all those curves and hills and loop…

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There and Back Again: An Author's Holiday

We took the long way home from our 4th-of-July weekend at InConJunction--handling things we'd been putting off until we'd reached full vaccination status--but we're finally back to relieve our house-sitter, and we had a great time.

Because we launched our first book in October of 2020, InConJunctio…

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The Books We Love to Hate--or Something

So I've noticed a thing since I started joining reading groups: Even the most beloved books have a lot people who hate them passionately.

When someone comes out and declares a book I consider sociopathic rubbish to be a masterpiece, it's hard not to think of it as a personal attack.

When someone…

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Relax and Enjoy That Star Wars Sequel -- Your Childhood Is Safe

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Every time a new sequel for a beloved franchise hits the theaters a new wave of angry hysteria hits the Interwebs. The same things happens when the film adaptation of a beloved set of books arrives. No matter how it turns out, someone somewhere is going to be…

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There's Goodly Trade in Unicorns

I love a good charlatan. It doesn't take a deep analysis of my work to notice that. I've got a soft spot for fictional con-artists like Harold Hill, Bugs Bunny, or the Hugh Jackman version of P.T. Barnum. Yet somehow I can't abide a liar in the real world. Counterintuitive, yes, but it's hardly the…

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Outside the Asylum

Once upon a time, the greatest and most advanced super-power in the world built a mighty wall and set up strict laws to keep out uncivilized foreigners who threatened its way of life.

Outside the wall, shut off from becoming part of the super-power's shining dream, the rest of the world busied it…

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