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[GUEST POST] DK Mok on Endings, and What Comes After

DK Mok lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy novels and short stories. DK graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour. Her urban fantasy novel The Other Tree is available now (Spence City). DK’s short stories include ‘Morning Star’ in One Small Step (Fablecroft), ‘Autumn Moon’ in Holiday Magick (Spencer Hill Press), and ‘Keeping It Together’ in Midnight Movie: Creature Feature (May December Publications). Find more online at www.dkmok.com, on Twitter @dk_mok or on Facebook.

Endings, and What Comes After
by DK Mok

I tend to remember endings.

I still recall with intense clarity where I was when I finished reading John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things. Sitting at a wobbly plastic table, afternoon light slanting in through the windows, the world around me seeming to stretch and shrink and hang in that moment of silence and light.

I love a good ending, although what constitutes a “good” ending can vary immensely. Sometimes, what an author considers an apt finale can leave readers taking to social media in an unholy rage. This can occur when an ending is rushed, poorly written, or unconvincing. But sometimes, this occurs because the ending is not what the reader wanted or expected.
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[GUEST POST] DK Mok on Barefoot Gods And Slacker Zombies: Why It’s Okay To Be Quirky


DK Mok lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy novels and short stories. DK graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour. Her urban fantasy novel, The Other Tree, will be released on the 3rd December 2013 by Spence City. DK’s short stories include ‘Morning Star’ in One Small Step (Fablecroft), ‘Autumn Moon’ in Holiday Magick (Spencer Hill Press), and ‘Keeping It Together’ in Midnight Movie: Creature Feature (May December Publications). Find more online at www.dkmok.com, on Twitter @dk_mok or on Facebook.

Barefoot Gods And Slacker Zombies: Why It’s Okay To Be Quirky

by DK Mok

“Humorous fantasy is hard to sell.”

This piece of advice was given to me by the editor of a major publishing house after an open pitching session many years ago. It had taken me days to pluck up the courage to attend, and I’d spent the morning practising my pitch in the deserted loft above the auditorium. My actual delivery was a blur of nerves, and the editor’s feedback was kindly given. However, her comments about humorous fantasy stuck with me.

I don’t write comedies, but my stories often have touches of quirkiness. You’ll find the occasional rampaging octopus. It happens.
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