Writer JRVogt is one of the site’s pioneers. I distinctly remember landing on the Book Country site for the very first time two years ago, looking at the Top Books carousel, and checking out Josh’s book RAETHE (now renamed to BLOODSHADES). I thought to myself, “This is cool! Now someone explain to me what traditional fantasy is…” Josh writes different types of fantasy–from traditional to urban to epic–and I recognize his writing for the complex worldbuilding, wry humor, and snappy dialogue. Today we chat about his urban fantasy THE UNFAMILIARS and his overall approach to writing fantasy.
Science fiction and fantasy have always captured my imagination—they offer endless possibilities.
Marshall Maresca is a Book Country member from Austin who primarily writes city-based traditional fantasy—a place where urban, epic, and traditional fantasy stories coalesce. On his blog, he lets readers look under the hood and see maps from his fantasy worlds. For the member spotlight, we chat with Marshall about his books, fantasy worldbuilding, and writing villains.
Nevena: Thanks for joining us. Let’s get to brass tacks: when did you start writing and what inspires you to carry on?
Marshall: I was dabbling for quite a while, more talking about what I wanted to write instead of actually writing it. In 2007, though, I went through a bit of a crisis of vocation—I had been saying I wanted to be a writer, but what was I really doing about it? So that’s when I put my nose to the grindstone to really get projects done. And, now, with three novels out shopping with my agent, and a fourth about to go out, I’ve come too far to give up! Continue reading