SUMMARYLei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's… Continue reading Thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER & FIRE by Natasha Ngan (slow-build stories and reader investment)
NOTE: Reading back over this post, I'm not very happy with it. I don't hate it enough to delete it - since I do want an answer on hand for when people ask why someone who writes books doesn't read or review them with any regularity. If you're here for the quick explanation, here is… Continue reading Why I Can’t Write Book Reviews – My History as the Worst Reader
Giving progress updates on City of Ghosts is difficult because the book has already been drafted multiple times (the most recent draft having been completed during my senior year of college, 2014) so most of the work involves rewriting and restructuring. As far as that process goes, I'd estimate that I'm about 25% done. It's… Continue reading July 2019 Writing Update
I don't normally make TBRs owing to the fact that I am such a slow and distractible reader. This one came about because I was planning on using some of my newfound time this summer to read a bunch of novellas better suited to my terrible attention span and realized that almost all the books… Continue reading June (Pride Month) TBR
I see a big family of snakes, slithering south and another swimming east. And here is a field of electrical burn scars, all of which break into tiny reptile scales at their edges and--oh my god! Humans! Disclaimer: Not only is this writing five years old as of this posting, it was also scribbled in… Continue reading Africa from the Air: scrawlings from my 2014 flight from Belgium to Cameroon
A lot of weird things happen to a story when you work on it from age twelve to twenty-six. The Theonite Series has gone with me through puberty, my first crushes, my Harry Potter phase, my Batman phase, my Star Wars phase, my Shounen anime phase, changing shape with each one. That much thematic confusion… Continue reading Finding a Fantasy World (by turning ours upside down): An Uncomfortably Personal Look Back on the Creation of Duna
Hello Dear Readers! Quick thing I wanted to share: I've just finished a personality quiz you can take to find your theotype (aka your Dunian superpower - tajaka, jijaka, fonyaka, littigi, etc.) Shout-out to Isaac, one of my younger readers, who prompted me to write up the first draft of this quiz last year. Look,… Continue reading New Theonite Personality Quiz!
To celebrate the anniversary of my Theonite Series, all three books in the Theonite universe are only 99c on Amazon through May! Theonite Book 1: Planet Adyn (YA, suburban fantasy)Theonite Book 2: Orbit (YA, Afrofuturistic fantasy)The Sword of Kaigen (Adult, Japanese military fantasy) If you’re a fan of elemental superpowers, alternate histories & the power of friendship, be sure to grab… Continue reading Theonite 2019 Anniversary Special – 99c Book Sale, Signed Book Giveaways & More!
Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here. With The Sword of Kaigen coming out in two weeks, I wanted to ramble a bit about the setting, characters, magic system, and the general experience of writing a 600-page fantasy. The Setting While I went to extreme, conscious lengths to research to the West African cultures that inspired the… Continue reading About my upcoming novel – The Sword of Kaigen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KejtJ310r5Q&t=10s Hello Dear Readers! I made this video to accompany my Asian Fantasy Book Giveaway (which you can ENTER HERE!). Includes a full description of each book. Youtube Video Description: 📚 ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE! ➡️ https://mailchi.mp/ef3370b55395/asian... (Open to international readers) 📚 GIVEAWAY BOOKS 📚 (Note: I am an Amazon affiliate - for each purchase made through the links below,… Continue reading Asian Fantasy Book Giveaway – Video