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[GUEST POST] Garrett Calcaterra, Craig Comer & Ahimsa Kerp on Mosaic Novels

Garrett Calcaterra is an author of dark speculative fiction. His books include Dreamwielder and Umbral Visions.

Craig Comer’s shorter work has appeared in several anthologies, including: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, and Pulp Empire Volume IV. Craig earned a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California, is an avid hiker, and likes to tramp across countries in his spare time, preferably those strewn with pubs and castles.

Ahimsa Kerp is a peripatetic language mercenary and spec-fic writer who is fond of rambling hikes, craft beer, and tofu tacos.

Together they have co-written the mosaic fantasy novel, The Roads to Baldairn Motte.

Mosaic Novels and Eschewing Traditional Narrative

GARRETT: Seven years ago, Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp asked me to join them in writing a collaborative project called The Roads to Baldairn Motte. The resulting book-a sprawling and highly unconventional mosaic fantasy novel-was published by an independent publisher and garnered a small bit of critical acclaim. Rogue Blades Entertainment, in particular, praised the novel, saying it “contains some of the best and most thought provoking studies in heroism at the individual level that I’ve seen in quite a while.”

We, of course, were ecstatic. But still being inexperienced and largely unpublished at the time meant we had no established readers and knew nothing about marketing a new book. The Roads to Baldairn Motte disappeared into obscurity, eventually going out of print. That would have been the end of it, if it weren’t for Mary Moore, managing editor with Reputation Books. Mary saw untapped potential in the book, and with her guidance, Craig, Ahimsa and I completely reworked the novel, adding new vignettes and interstitials, reordering the three main narratives to provide a more traditional three-act structure, and clarifying plot points readers had criticized on Goodreads and Amazon with the first edition.
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