At the recent World Fantasy convention, Brent caught up with Ferrett Steinmetz, author of a number of short stories including the recent As Above, So Below at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Ferrett chats about what it takes to write a great short story (the guy should know, he’s s slush editor for Apex Magazine and up for the John W. Campbell Award as best new science fiction or fantasy author), how he tries to steer clear of his writer jealousy over Keffy RM Kehrli (who is also up for the Campbell) and Catherynne M. Valente and why his blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, helps him — and others — deal with life’s many tribulations. This includes his story about how he overcame being a target for bullies.
This episode is brought to you by Heart of the Ronin, a novel by Travis Heermann. Ken’ishi is just 17 years old and an orphan after the mysterious death of his parents. He dreams of training with a master who will some day help him become a samurai. Traveling with Silver Crane, a sword that belonged to his father, and a dog, Akao, for a sidekick, Ken’ishi’s adventures begin after he murders a policeman and must flee. Just when he thinks he has escaped trouble, he saves Kazuko, the daughter of an influential lord, from a group of bandits. In return, he is asked to live in the lord’s house, where he falls in love with Kazuko. Forced to flee once again, Ken’ishi goes on a hunt to discover his past while fighting off warriors and demons, not to mention worrying about the bounty that’s on his head. Will he find out if his father really was a samurai or why the sword he wields seems to be infused with magic? Read the novel and listen to the podcast on Podiobooks.com.
Link: Dean Wesley Smith on Writing Speed.