Stories on the edge of familiarity

Author Archives: Thea van Diepen

In the Forest of Night (a Hunter and Prey excerpt)

In celebration of the first draft being completed, here’s an excerpt (everything is subject to change, as this is a first draft. Note that, because all the words after the 70,000 word mark are spoilers, this comes from somewhere in the middle, and I am very much resisting giving any sort of context to it): Out of… Continue Reading

The Lullaby (a Hunter and Prey excerpt)

In celebration of the first draft reaching 70,000 words, here’s an excerpt (everything is subject to change, as this is a first draft. Note that a small section has been removed because spoilers): The man’s magic made straight for the dark place and the crack in the dark place, which it entered into before she could stop… Continue Reading

Can We Become Foreigners in the Stories We Create?

When writers write, we invariably include our perspective into what we create. This can be a good thing when done in service of the story, but, when overdone, it becomes preaching. Or, if only just overdone, undermines the integrity of the world and characters we create. During my gap year, I read Talyn by Holly Lisle.… Continue Reading

The Kitten Psychologist and What the Kitten Did

(Just jumping in now? Read the previous installment, The Kitten Psychologist Tries to Be Patient via Email, or start at the beginning with The Kitten Psychologist.) Wednesday arrived, and 2:55pm found me in my office, sweating. I’ve really got to turn the heat down in this place. Oh. It is down. Well, crap. I’d cancelled my other… Continue Reading