Have you heard the adage, write what you know? Recently, numerous posts have floated around the internet regarding authors penning characters outside of their personal culture, ethnicity, or race. Some readers and authors contend that it shouldn’t be done. Their theory purports that it’s disrespectful to do so. Before I pull apart the idea as … More SF Benson: WRITING DIVERSE CHARACTERS
Love gaslight fairy tale retellings? S.F. Benson, author of The Glass Watch and Blood Vendeta delivers one exciting fantastical ride in her new series, All Things Dark & Magical! Bitter Fruit (All Things Dark & Magical #2) Sometimes actions can be more poisonous than any fruit, especially when dark magick is involved… Arabella Cuthbert lives in … More New Release from S.F. Benson!
Naming Characters & Worldbuilding One of my favorite things about creating characters is naming them. Sometimes the names just seem to magically come to me. When my alter ego was planning an adult paranormal romance set in New Orleans, the name Twilight Vanpeer struck in the shower. Most times, it’s not that easy. Usually, I … More Worldbuilding & Research with SF Benson
While writing All Things Dark & Magickal: Bitter Fruit I had to ask myself the question: how far should my language go? Let me explain. Arabella Cuthbert lives in 19th century England. Each chapter begins with a quote from the time period. I chose a feminist author of the era, Mary Wollstonecraft, for the quotations. … More Language & Worldbuilding: SF Benson
The Importance of Accuracy in Worldbuilding The idea for today’s post came while binge-watching the CW’s Arrow. Hey, don’t fault me. I’m a huge fan of DC Comics and Marvel. While playing catch up on the series, I noticed frequent mention of Bratva (in a nutshell, think Russian mafia). Personally, I’d never heard of it … More Writing Advice: SF Benson
Worldbuilding and Research When I was considering what to write for this post, I first thought I’d write about my research process while writing my latest fairy tale retelling. But then, the question popped up—why did I need research for this story? All Things Dark & Magickal: Bitter Fruit requires worldbuilding. Lots of worldbuilding—hence, the … More Writing Advice: SF Benson