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Words Into Images and Images Into Words

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

I’ve taken photos all my life and I’ve written stories for as long as I could hold a pencil. People have described my books as filmic, with a lot of intense imagery. In my photography, I like to create a narrative sense, implying a world that exists beyond the edges of the frame. The visual way I think was probably formed by my early love of both photography and Surrealist painting.

When I was growing up in New York, I was able to see a lot of Surrealist art work. Salvador Dali and Yves Tanguy were early favorites. They touched something in my SF and fantasy-loving kid brain. I wanted to be an artist too, but I couldn’t draw or paint. Then I saw Man Ray’s Surrealist photos and the short film Un Chien Andalou, and realized that I could create Surreal science fictional and fantasy landscapes with a camera.

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Five Books About Awful, Awful People

A likeable, relatable protagonist. It’s what every writer is taught that all books, comics, movies, and TV shows must have. But if Breaking Bad and the Hannibal Lecter novels by Thomas Harris have shown us anything, it’s that we don’t have to admire or even like awful characters to want to spend time with them.

[Five novels with fascinatingly awful protagonists]

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