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Author of Historic Dark Fantasy

Interview with Audiobook Narrator Maria Marquis

Maria Marquis is a theatre and voice actor working in San Francisco. She earned her BA in Theatre Performance and Anthropology at Lawrence University and has worked with various companies including: Dragon Productions, City Lights Theatre Company, The Pear Avenue...

Autumn Update

Wow! It's November. Already? That's just not possible. I remember last January, but spring and summer are a blur. Folks say time flies when you're having fun, so I might take this as a good sign. Or, maybe I need a new saying like, "Time flies when you're...

The Scariest Book

  At last, it's October--my favorite time of year. Crisp colorful leaves, golden light, sweater weather, and the scent of warm cider. What's not to love? One of my favorite ways to enjoy an October afternoon is reading a creepy book. I'm always...

Listen to a Free Short Story

Let me read you a story. A story of summer as I remember it. A story about possibilities, compromises, and growing up. To hear the whole broadcast and more from Nebraska writers, visit the Platte River Sampler on KZUM. Share Your...

Nebraska Book Festival

 Join me and fellow Nebraska authors on April 25 for the Nebraska Book Festival at the University of Nebraska Omaha Weitz Community Engagement Center. Free and open to everyone, the festival provides workshops and readings and the chance to talk with a few of...

Bonus Content for Tangled

Whew! It's been a busy couple weeks. In the process of working 12+ hour days--drawn in so deep I sometimes forget to eat--I've rediscovered my passion. The harder I work, the happier I am. One immediate result of that work: Tangled is now available on Smashwords. The...

Have You Been Sleeping Well?

You have? Well, I can fix that. If you've been waiting to buy The Taking or Tangled, your patience has paid off. Right now both Tales of Malstria books are on sale for only 99 cents in the US and 0.99 at Amazon UK. Not sure whether to give them a try? Here's what...

What’s Sambocade, Anyway?

  Since readers have asked me about food, clothing, and places mentioned in my books, I thought it would be fun to share sources of inspiration and research from time to time. Today, I'm starting with food. I come from a family of big-eaters. If we had a family...

Happy New Year

It's the last day of 2014, and tomorrow I'm kicking off the new year with something I never imagined doing--a radio broadcast. My short story "The Screenhouse" is one of the works featured on the New Year's Day episode of The Platte River Sampler. Listen live...

December Flurry

Ah, December--the busiest time of my year coincides with onset of hibernation urges. All I want is a nap and a cookie (double chocolate, please), but there is, indeed, no rest for the wicked. Here's a quick rundown on what's new. Last week KZUM broadcast the debut...

SPARK Inspires

  What is SPARK? A participatory, inclusive creativity event…. that’s SPARK, and we want you to join us! Open to writers, musicians, and visual artists of all kinds, SPARK takes place four times each year. During each 10-day project round, participants create a...

Into the Fray

  It's snowing in Nebraska, but I'm off visiting Etruscan places--in my imagination, anyway. A perk of fiction writing: daydreaming is part of the job. Right now I'm writing Tales of Malstria, Book 4. It's set in tumultuous 3rd and 4th century BCE, when many...

Tapestry Tales

  Tapestries tell stories. Beyond the primary image, small details add layers of meaning. Violets might symbolize saints. Wild strawberries indicate desire. A rabbit, fertility. While writing The Taking, I was studying medieval iconography. I became so caught up...

A Steal on the Taking

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I've been preparing an upcoming guest post for Tony Riches' blog The Writing Desk, and the proofs have just arrived for paperback editions of The Taking and Tangled. I'll update you in the coming weeks on both projects. In the...

Tales of Malstria

The first two novels in my Tales of Malstria Series are now available. The novels take place in thoroughly researched historic settings, including England in the decades following the Norman Conquest and the Mediterranean in the time of Alexander the Great. Combining...

Picture This

What do you notice first when you look at this photo? Setting? Character? Action? Look at the image for a few minutes and let your mind wander. Then, look away and start writing whatever comes out on the page. What grows from your first thought? A poem? A story? Did...

Light and Artistry

San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, 2010 Challenging Perfection, Lila recently wrote about the use of light in both visual and literary art. As a beta reader, Lila notices details of light in a scene and has often brought up inconsistencies I missed when writing. Having a...

Snowday Vacation

"Snowmageddon" folks were calling the storm expected to hit the plains last Wednesday through Thursday night. For a week, grocery stores were jammed with people stocking up on supplies. I bought a big bag of dog food and two bottles of wine. The check-out guy...

Are We There Yet?

If "there" means a published novel, then, no, we're not there yet. It's a long drive, rife with twists and intersections, but I'm moving forward. A full year has passed without an entry here. I suppose the emptiness of this blog is a testament to the fullness of my...

A Cultural Collection to Inspire You

Last week I came upon a resource I'd like to share. If you're interested in anthropology, folklore, or music history, you'll want to take a look at this. Folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax began making field recordings of southern folklore and music in the...

Right Now

Where have I been? Mostly, right where I am now--sitting at my desk having a staring match with the computer screen. Well, to be honest, there's been more reading and typing than simple staring. I'm swallowed up in revising Gates the Hours Keep. The dogs are snoozing...


 

Dark Historic Fantasy Author Traci Robison

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