Podcast Episode 44: Organically Written

Sarah EttrichThis week I chat with science fiction and fantasy author Sarah Ettritch. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including how she got started as a writer, writing in a genre you haven’t really read, organic writing (a.k.a. writing by the seat of your pants), Broad Universe and more.

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Duration: 28:47
File Size: 33 MB

Mentioned in this Episode:

The Eyes of the Dragon The Eyes of the Dragon
This 1987 novel was a surprise deviation for author Stephen King when it came out. Unlike his other work, this story was a classic fantasy with magic and a clearly established battle between good and evil. Characters from this book also become involved in King’s later Dark Tower series. Interestingly enough, the villain in The Eyes of the Dragon, Randall Flagg, first made his appearance in The Stand, which was first published in 1978 and later re-released in 1990.

Plotter vs. PantserPlotter vs. Pantser
There are those writers who plot out their stories beforehand, and those that go with the flow. These are the plotters (former) and the pantsers (latter). Although she doesn’t like the term, Sarah is considered a pantser. Myself? I am both … depending on my mood and the story. Check out this article about the two ways of writing by Cindi Myers.

Lord VayneMy Novel
The novel I’ve been working on since 1987 is tentatively called Lord Vayne and centers around a alien who is made immortal through nanotechnology, had to flee her home world and ends up landing on Earth in 1863. There she meets an interesting cast of characters, including the title character who is a vampire. You can learn more about the novel here.

Broad UniverseBroad Universe
Broad Universe is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres. For more information, visit their website at broaduniverse.org.

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About the author

As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.