A post in which I discuss the creative process behind the character of Misaki from The Sword of Kaigen. (Header artwork by Tiffany Jones) With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe… Continue reading Making Misaki (or How Not to Create a Protagonist) (Guest Post Sample)
A post in which I discuss self-awareness in continuing to write young adult stories as a no-longer-that-young adult. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a… Continue reading On Writing Young and Old (Guest Post Sample)
Hello dear readers! M. L. Wang here with a brief update on my life, writing, and other author stuff. First, I just want to let everyone know that since this day of August 21st is my birthday, I’m celebrating with my own little ebook sale. There’s honestly no gift better than new readers, so I’ve… Continue reading Month of Firsts: Writing & Life Update – August 2019
Hello Dear Readers! M.L. Wang here with more details on the actual physical event I'll be attending this August! The Crafty Cat Rescue has invited me to be part of an amazing line-up of authors doing signings at their Books, Crafts & Cats fundraiser, so yes, I'm actually going to crawl out of my hermit… Continue reading UPCOMING EVENT – Come meet me in person! (there will be kittens)
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
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