I like to use my "go down into the word mines" analogy about writing, as if it presents this image of me as this lonely old prospector, heading down into the depths with pick-axe over my shoulder.
Of course, that's not how it really works. You can't do this without people having your back.
I've got a lot of people, but if I had to narrow it down to the inner circle, I'd have four names.
1. Dan Fawcett
-- Dan's been my friend since seventh grade, and has been my constant
sounding board for story ideas, worldbuilding concepts, and generally
putting up with my ramblings. He would probably hesitate to take any
credit, but Thorn of Dentonhill and the rest of the books
in Maradaine wouldn't be what they are without his influence. Heck, I'm
pretty sure he's the one who suggested "Maradaine" as the city's name.
2. Mike Kabongo-- my agent, who has stood with this work in the time it took us to sell it, who encouraged continued projects while Thorn and others were out shopping, and who read a manuscript that wasn't ready, but saw enough potential in it that he was hooked.
3. Sheila Gilbert
-- my editor at DAW. There are plenty of other people at DAW as well,
half of whom I don't even know their name, who are all doing things for
me and my work. But Sheila is front and center, making Thorn be the best it can be when it hits the shelves in February.
4. Deidre Kateri Aragon
-- my wife. Of course she's on this list, because it would have been
impossible for me to achieve this without her. She's the one who kicked
my butt so I stopped being the person saying, "Yeah, I'd like to be
writing books" and made me actually write books. And just as I'm
working every day on writing, she's working every day so I'm able to.
But we both work from home, so we get to sit across from each other at
our big table. So it's the best of all things; I get the space I need
to work, but I have my favorite person in the world right there with
Are there more people? Yes. Tons. I could go
on, but that's what acknowledgement pages in books are for, right? And
even there, I probably missed a few.
That said, it's time to make the most of their support. Off to the word mines.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Writing Is Never Working Alone
Posted by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil and Lady Henterman's Wardrobe (Forthcoming).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com