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James Maertens

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in Minneapolis, The United States
May 31, 1960

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I loved science fiction and fantasy as a teen myself, so it should be no surprise that I am now writing just the sort of books that younger self would have liked. Or at any rate, it's what I like now. Novels with magic that is real, not "fantasy" and relates to the things of this world. I love Tolkien, but the vast wash of "high fantasy" that has been based on his success leaves me pretty flat. I like world-building and I like characters. In that respect, I hope my characters are more developed than in most fantasy, and not as yukky as most of the characters I've run across in the YA genre. I don't like to say I'm writing Young Adult fiction. Teenagers, I'm sorry, are not young adults. They are old children, and let's not hurry them along i ...more



I finally got to sit down and watch the BBC film of “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke.  What a beautiful adaptation!  Stunning.  Very true to the book.  It cast me into a frenzy of biblomania, of course.  I tend to identify with Mr. Norrell, though he’s a bit despicable through much of the story (bad influences).  It is such an interesting story on so many levels.  From a lit...

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