Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

Paige Dillard is a 22 year old student majoring in English at San Diego State University. Though she’s been writing for a very long time and would love to write for a living, Dillard is planning to pursue a Masters in Library Science and Technology and is currently a Library Technician at the Poway Community Library. Despite being a student, Dillard has been writing and publishing since she was in high school and is always looking for ways to experiment with new styles and diverse characters. Continue reading Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks

 

Image of the book cover of Daughter of Gods and Shadows
Image of the book cover of Daughter of Gods and Shadows

Jayde Brooks’ debut fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Gods and Shadows was an emotional roller coaster ride of anger and intrigue. Many personal expectations diverse fantasy races and well thought out villain held were never met. But that didn’t stop Brooks from surpassing the expectation that her novel would feature a heroine as the only person of color through her outstanding implementation of diversity. Continue reading Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

 

Image of the book cover of The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Image of the book cover of The Slow Regard of Silent Things

If you understand obsessive-compulsive disorder, keep reading.

And if you don’t, well, then definitely keep reading. Because what Patrick Rothfuss has done with his novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, is create a window into the mind of a young woman who lives—and thrives—surrounded by the ever vigilant demons of o.c.d. Continue reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

James Matlack Raney: Independent Publisher Extraordinaire

 

Image of the book cover of James Matlack Raney's first book in the Jim Morgan series: Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves.
Image of the book cover of James Matlack Raney’s first book in the Jim Morgan series: Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves

Here at Phenom, we had a chance to talk with independent publisher James Matlack Raney, author of the Jim Morgan series. His most recent novel, Jim Morgan and the Door at the Edge of the World has just received an award for First Place in the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Contest. After highlighting some excellent points on the independent publishing industry, Raney gave us his take on diversity in literature. Continue reading James Matlack Raney: Independent Publisher Extraordinaire

The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

 

Image of the book cover of The Errant Prince
Image of the book cover of The Errant Prince

Reading The Errant Prince is like drinking a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire, wrapped up in a blanket in the dead of winter: it’s simply an all-around pleasant experience. While we often judge books on their complexity of themes, characters, allusions, plots, etc, there’s something to be said for a quick little tale that doesn’t demand a migraine through the course of its storytelling. I picked up Sasha L. Miller’s queer fantasy romance novella on a rainy day when I had very little to do but lay in bed and read along with the patter of raindrops against my window; it was all very romantic, I assure you. All settled in and bundled up, I decided to approach the love story of Myron and Tamsen. Continue reading The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment

And you thought gamergate controversy was over.

Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival
Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival

On October 27th, news spread that South by Southwest (SXSW) decided to cancel two panels about harassment in the gaming community after receiving numerous threats of violence. After just announcing the panel last week, the cancelation would seem hilariously ironic—a harassment panel being canceled due to harassment—if this wasn’t a vicious problem that has made real women very scared. Continue reading Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment

So-Cal Comic Con 2015: A Quest for Diversity

As I walked through the doors of the QLN Conference Center in Oceanside California on a gloomy Sunday at about eleven thirty in the morning, I was reminded of the old maxim, “never judge a book by its cover.” Writing for a literary journal that seeks out and exemplifies diversity in writing, I was doubly reminded. With that said, I was still amazed at how much  the So-Cal Comic Con resembled its much larger cousin, the San Diego Comic Con.
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Mysterious Galaxy Book Signing: StoryTime with Sanderson

Story time reached its climax as Brandon Sanderson read aloud a portion of his up-and-coming third installment to his Stormlight Archive:

“That one in blue,’ he said ‘Near the overturned cart.”
Dalinar squinted, then nodded. Nearby, Thocke (I’m guessing at the spelling here) climbed off his horse and slid out his sword, resting it on his shoulder—a not so subtle warning. The archer contemplated this, then drew his bow and launched a single black-fledged arrow. It soared true, sticking into the chosen corpse.
“Stormfather.” Dalinar said, lowering his hand, “Thocke, before today i would have bet you half the princedom that such a shot wasn’t possible.” He turned to the archer.
“What’s your name, assassin?” The man raised his chin but didn’t reply.
“Well, either way, welcome to my elites,” Dalinar said, brushing off his hand.
“Someone get this fellow a horse!”
“What?!” the archer said, “I tried to kill you!”
“Yes, from a distance,” Dalinar said, letting one of his men help him onto his horse. “Which shows remarkable judgement. I have use for someone with your skills.”
“We’re enemies!”
Dalinar nodded toward the town below, where the beleaguered army was at long last surrendering.
“Not anymore!”
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Danika Dinsmore: Queen of the Faeries

Danika Dinsmore is a multi-talented writer, spoken work artist, and educator. Her writing career has transformed from writing poetry books like Traffic (1997) and Every Day Angels & Other Near-Death Experiences (2002) and collaborative spoken word performances, to screenwriting her short film “Stick Up” (2004). Presently she writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Danika’s writing has won her the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the Best Fresh Voice Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival. Throughout her writing career she has shared her love of writing with her community by traveling across North America to schools on her Imaginary Worlds Tours. Danika has taken some time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us here at Phenom to share her experiences as a writer and promoter of diversity. Continue reading Danika Dinsmore: Queen of the Faeries

A Crown For Cold SIlver By Alex Marshall

 

Image of the book cover of A Crown for Cold Silver
Image of the book cover of A Crown for Cold Silver

People often say never to judge a book by its cover, but in the literal sense, that’s exactly what I do. Its the best feeling in the world when I pick out something at a book store with a cool book cover and an amazing story to boot. I proudly own an entire bookshelf dedicated to great fantasy novels, and the whole thing looks amazing. A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall is the latest edition to said amazing bookshelf. With a strong female protagonist set in a wonderfully dark and humorous fantasy world, A Crown for Cold Silver is something you can read in public and be richly entertained at the same time. Its win-win I’d say. Continue reading A Crown For Cold SIlver By Alex Marshall