The Rewards of Writing Epic Fantasy Fiction (After Writing in Another Genre)

My first historical novel, The Magician’s Lie, was published in 2015. When interviewers asked how I started writing historical fiction, I told the truth: It was an accident. I hadn’t meant to become a historical novelist, not exactly.

(How to Write Time Travel Historical Fiction.)

I’d been writing contemporary fiction until I got a book idea I couldn’t shake: Why is it considered unremarkable for male stage magicians to cut women in half, and what would happen if a female stage magician cut a man in half instead? As I developed the idea, it became clear it should be set at a time when an illusionist could make front-page news, which turned out to be around the turn of the 20th century.

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