Today my guest is Fantasy author Stephen Aryan. Stephen is the author of The Age of Darkness Series. We talk about writing fantasy with magic, the art of writing, the process, how he got published, writing fantasy that stands apart from the others in the genre, how Battlemage was his 8th or 9th completed novel, writing the ‘fantastic in fantasy’, how fantasy has become mainstream, how Lord of the Rings opened the door, how readers can tell that you are writing what you love, and much more.
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I’m a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction. It started with The Hobbit, The Belgariad, the Earthsea books, the Shannara books and then David Gemmell, who was a huge influence on me and my writing. For most of that time I have also been reading comics. It began with superhero comics from DC and Marvel, but now I read comics across many genres and from a wide variety of comic book publishers.
I’m a writer and podcaster. I’ve previously written a comic book column and comic book reviews for Tor.com, developed intellectual property into comic book pitches for a media company, and self-published a superhero comic. Since 2007 I have been co-hosting a comics and geek culture podcast. We recently moved networks to Geek Syndicate, renamed ourselves, Grouchy Old Geeks and rebooted our numbers. I have also spoken on panels at comic book conventions about comics and podcasting. I’m also working on several comic book projects.
I live in the UK in the West Midlands with my partner and two cats. I’m an aging podcaster, lapsed gamer and wannabe forest ranger, and when not extolling the virtues of Babylon 5, you can find me drinking real ale, watching genre TV and reading comics.
I am represented by Juliet Mushens of Caskie Mushens agency.
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