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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – June, 2019

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletters, where I share special news about my books and my writing. They come out on the first week of each month.

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At home in a fantasy world

Why is most of my work heroic fantasy? Why set a tale of adventure in a fantasy world instead of in the contemporary everyday world, or in the exotic past?

All fiction is some form of make-believe, even when it claims to tell a true story. We get into the heads of our characters and see what drives them, why they make the choices they do, and how they perform under stress. We can't help but put ourselves in their places, to try on their situation.

I find that easier to do when I'm less weighed down by the wholly mundane parts of my own life — when I'm in a world that operates by more exotic rules, and every choice is heightened by its unfamiliarity. While a character must, of course, be grounded in some form of earning a living and its associated duties, better that it be something that's interesting to us mortals trapped in our daily routines, looking over his shoulder in worlds not quite like our own.

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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – May, 2019

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletters, where I share special news about my books and my writing. They come out on the first week of each month.

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The Cost of Magic

Newton's Third Law tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In my version, I believe that worthwhile fiction requires that for every action there is an appropriate cost. If you take a chance, you may lose. If you fight, you may be killed. If you use your strength, you may exhaust it. Most importantly: there can be no power, no magic, no spell without cost.

A character like Superman has seemingly inexhaustible power, and writers have to give him offsetting emotional or psychological quandaries to keep us from being bored with him.

All superheroes have this problem. Without vulnerability, without something at stake, it's hard to be drawn into their stories. Godlike powers do not necessarily make us sympathetic with the beings that have them. The elephant needs to be terrorized by the mouse before we can sympathize with him.

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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – March, 2019

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletters, where I share special news about my books and my writing. They come out on the first week of each month.

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Extras for my books

Did you know that the book pages on my website include goodies for the books themselves?

For example, you can find some maps for all the travels in The Chained Adept series at the bottom of the book pages for the books in the series, like the first one. Maps don't display well in ebooks, but you can see large versions on the website.

The Hounds of Annwn book pages feature pictures of George's pocket watch, the horned god Cernunnos, the oliphant, and other things you'll find familiar from the stories — just scroll down to the bottom of the book page for To Carry the Horn and other books.

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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – February, 2019

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletters, where I share special news about my books and my writing. They come out on the first week of each month.

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Heroes

The tagline for my website is “Meet heroes from far-away places.”

So, what is it about heroes that I think is so important? It all comes down to story and morality.

The stories we tell eachother around the fire are what make us human, in all the cultures of our world. It's through stories that we learn how to live and how to make our way through the world. They demonstrate the qualities that we find admirable, in ourselves and others.

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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – December, 2018

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletters, where I share special news about my books and my writing. They come out on the first Tuesday of each month.

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Monthly Newsletter from Karen Myers – November, 2018

Welcome to the latest installment of my newsletter, where I share special news about my books and my writing. You can expect these on the first Monday of the month, with occasional special announcements in between.

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