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Which is where fantasy/fiction comes into play, because we can create a place that doesn't exist.

jamie morris

Thanks for your good insights on the writing process. I cited you in a recent post I made on my own blog, WorkshopPorkchop.blogspot.com, regarding our tendency to call "setting" a character in one another's work.

Whether or not it's appropriate to do so, we had a good conversation about it, and I appreciate having your input as a contribution.

Jamie Morris,
Woodstream Writing Workshops


Very nicely put. I get irritated when I pick up a novel with an interesting setting and it gets underutilized. Such a waste. I find I tend to choose my setting first, then find an intriguing character who is there because of what the setting is, or means, then find the story out of that. Without even thinking much about it, the setting is then automatically an important and useful player in the story.

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Some of My Books

  • : The Fall of the Republic

    The Fall of the Republic
    In a parallel timeline, 1990s America discovers the chronoplanes: parallel worlds at different points in history.

  • : Rogue Emperor

    Rogue Emperor
    The hijacking of the Roman Empire, 100 AD, by 21st-century Christian fundamentalists, in the second of the Chronoplane Wars novels.

  • : The Empire of Time

    The Empire of Time
    My first novel, published in 1978, but the last in the Chronoplane Wars trilogy.

  • : Gryphon

    "Write a space opera," my editor said. So I did, with some nanotech thrown in.

  • : Tsunami

    A companion novel to Icequake, set mostly in California.

  • : Icequake

    A disaster thriller (Antarctic ice sheet surges into ocean), dated but still fun.

  • : Eyas

    Originally published in 1982, and still the novel I'm most proud of.

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