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Goodreads asked Sebastien de Castell:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Sebastien de Castell
Write the book you most want to read.

Don’t worry about what’s hot or current and don’t worry about people thinking your idea isn’t cool enough. If you really want to write about sparkly vampires or magical elves, do it. Figure out why you love those characters and bring that into your writing.

I wrote Traitor’s Blade because I love characters like Falcio, Kest, and Brasti. I didn’t worry about what I’d put on a query letter or whether people would tell me that swashbuckling swordsmen were out of fashion. I just wrote the book I most wanted to read. It turns out that if you do that there’s a good chance other people will want to read it too.

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