Alida and Kathryn welcome award-winning fantasy author Alina Sayre back to the show as part of our genre series. We have a fun conversation about genre expectations, tropes, cross genre fantasies, suspense of disbelief, multiple POV stories, and more!





What makes a fantasy a fantasy? Can you combine fantasy with other genres? What are the main things that go into a fantasy novel? And what are reader expectations of your world and characters? And what are some pitfalls you need to avoid as a fantasy writer?

You can find Alina pretty much everywhere! Check her out at her website, or on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads, or Google+.

What we talked about:

What are some of the reader expectations that go into Fantasy? (1:00)

The importance of characters in Fantasy (or in general!). (3:11)

Fantasy and other genres. (5:22)

What are some main set pieces for a fantasy novel? (6:22)

What makes a fantasy a fantasy? (9:28)

What are the constraints of plausibility within fantasy? (11:43)

How much do we draw on real life for world building? (17:00)

Where should your world building show up on the page? (18:35)

What about the ensemble casts or multiple points of view? (22:34)



Things we mentioned:

Brandon Sanderson
Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman

Want more about these topics? Check out:

SWRT 009 Middle Grade Fantasy with Alina Sayre 
SWRT 013 Plotting Sci Fi with Chris Fox
SWRT 008 Making the Unfamiliar Familiar 
Flash Tip: Verisimilitude

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