CLICHES OF THE GENRE, FANTASY IGNORES LGBTQ, BUSINESS ADVICE FOR WRITERS, WHY YOU MUST OWN YOUR ISBNs
Christian A. Brown is an epic fantasy author and indie publisher who’s earned the praise of Kirkus Reviews, Clarion Reviews, The Huffington Post, and a former supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The former fitness trainer is also an active blogger on numerous topics, including gender and sexuality, and on his mother’s experience of cancer.
Christian Brown spoke with me by Skype on December 30, 2015 via Skype. We discussed:
- How he distinguishes between cruelty and clarity in an editor
- The clichés of high fantasy, including sexism, and what he calls “the need for male wenches”
- How fantasy fiction ignores LGBTQ issues, how his own writing employs psychological realism, and why he needs to surprise himself
- The business of writing and indie publishing,handling returns as an indie publisher, and why you need to own your ISBNs
During the discussion, I alluded to the concept of hypomania and mentioned the theory of multiple intelligences, but forgot the name of its framer— Howard Gardner (https://howardgardner.com/multiple-intelligences).
We began by discussing Brown’s preferences for how an editor should work with him.
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