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September #InkRipples: Building a Fictional World

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Pirate Island, WIP, Writing |

What exactly is world building (or worldbuilding if your prefer is as one word)? Basically, it’s the creation of a fictional world. More than that, though, it’s how that world is explained within the confines of a story. The imagining and creating is the easy part (in my opinion). It’s choosing which pieces to include […]

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February #InkRipples: Tackling Common Misconceptions About Genre

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on February 6, 2017 in Books, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Writing, Young Adult |

In February, join the conversation as Mary Waibel, Kai Strand, and Katie L. Carroll talk genres for this month’s #InkRipples posts. There are lots of ways to define genre in literature (see the dictionary definition of “genre” or the Wikipedia entry on “literary genre”). For our intents and purposes of today’s discussion, let me specify by saying that […]

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New Release THE CHASM by S. Usher Evans

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 13, 2016 in Books, Fantasy, Guest, New Adult, Young Adult |

It’s the week of new releases for my writer friends. Today S. Usher Evans stops by the Observation Desk to celebrate THE CHASM, the second book in the Madion War Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed THE ISLAND, the first book in the series, and am excited to read this one. Make sure to check out the […]

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Feminism in YA Fantasy: A Study of ELIXIR BOUND #InkRipples #FemalesInYA

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 21, 2016 in Books, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Females in YA, Ink Ripples, Writing, Young Adult |

When I started writing ELIXIR BOUND many, many moons ago, I never intended to write a novel with feminist themes. I set out to write a fantasy adventure about two sisters with a structure modeled on the there-and-back-again journey of THE HOBBIT (a very non-feminist book!). Being the third of five children and a woman, it […]

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THE ISLAND by S. Usher Evans Cover Reveal

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 27, 2016 in Books, Cover Reveal, Guest, Young Adult |

Introducing the brand-spankin’ new cover for The Island, made by Anita over at Race-Point.com. About the Book Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced […]

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