Author Spotlight: Diane Morrison

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20614837_10154540436832331_1996737607_n (2).jpgDiane Morrison, is also known as Sable Aradia. She is a SFF and Pagan non-fiction author, and a dyed-in-the-wool Canadian geek. Diane writes the Wyrd West Chronicles, and she’s contributed to a few anthologies and magazines. Two of those stories have been recently published in SciFan™ Magazine! These short stories are connected to a series that she’s working on, the Toy Soldier Saga, a fantasy space opera.

The Wyrd West Chronicles are a sci-fantasy Weird Western that blend post-apocalyptic Western with cattlepunk fantasy.


In Queenstown, an untried youth is the only one who can face down a notorious Desperado. But Graeme Walsh is not a Gunslinger: not yet. Will his training and his secret sorcerer’s powers be enough to get the drop on the Outlaw, before the Outlaw gets the drop on him?


Pete Woodhouse doesn’t like to get involved. Too many complications, too dangerous to his person…

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Release the Wyrd West!

Hey gang! Just letting you all know that the third book in the Wyrd West, The Vigil, is alive! It’s about twice the length of the first one, so the series is a full novel’s read now.  And now that there’s three, Amazon has even given me my own series page! Remember you can Pay […]

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Quest for Fire

#30days30authors #amwritingfantasy Excellent article by Cindy Tomamichel reminding those of us who write fantasy or historical fiction that central heating and range stoves just weren’t a thing for our ancestors, and making fire wasn’t as easy as flipping a switch.

Reading is easy. We sit in a comfortable chair, perhaps by a warm heater with cat on lap/dog at feet and a hot drink. That’s often why we read, to share vicariously the bad times and good with characters while we are cosy. But what about the characters? They are the ones on a quest for some hidden relic, pursued by demons or orcs. Often just as they stop for a rest, the wolves start howling and lightening signals a storm. As Sam Gamgee said, ‘I hope we are not in one of those stories, Mr. Frodo.’ But a reader share the hard times, and it is up to the writer to make those hard times so realistic the reader shivers in sympathy as the snow piles deeper and the distance from home and safety grows ever further.

Fire making is of prime importance in a fantasy, historical or even apocalyptic setting. Assuming no one has fire magic (and here we glance meaningfully at Gandalf) or a handy laser or box of matches, it is up to the author to decide on how primitive things need to be.

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