D.B. Jackson, a.k.a. David B. Coe, was born the youngest of four children who all grew up to be writers. His novels include Children of Amarid, volume one of The LonTobyn Chronicle. Which is one of my favorite fantasy series. In 1999, The Lon Tobyn Chronicles was awarded the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award by the (IAFA). Thereafter followed the critically acclaimed Winds of the Forelands, five volumes, and Blood of the Southlands set in the same world. He’s also written Robin Hood, a tie-in novelization for the Russell Crowe film and is a founding member and proud contributor to the Magical Words blogsite, dedicated to the craft and business of writing. The Magical Words crew collaborated on How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion from BellaRosa Books. His first urban historical fantasy, Thieftaker, released from TOR last year, and the sequel, Thieve’s Quarry, is out now. Both are fantasies set in the Revolutionary War period and absolutely blasts to read. David can be found online via Facebook, Twitter as @DavidBCoe and @DBJacksonAuthor or via his website dbjackson-author.com .
SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from?
DB Jackson: Reading. Started reading Tolkien, then McCaffrey, Donaldson, and Kay. Guy Kay is probably my favorite and the writer I most want to emulate.
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By Paul Weimer
| Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 12:29 am
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Urban Fantasy remains as a strong and vibrant subgenre of Fantasy. Like any subgenres, over the last few years, new authors, new ideas and new motifs have often radically reshaped a genre once known for “supernaturals in the night” into a much broader category. We asked this week’s panelists:
Q: Where do you see Urban Fantasy going from here?
This is what they had to say…
is best known as the author of the Otherland
series. His most recent work, Urban Fantasy, is The Dirty Streets of Heaven
The problem with knowing where a genre is going starts with defining the genre itself. What exactly is “Urban Fantasy”? There’s always been a category of work in what was then just called “Science Fiction” that fits this bill, from Bradbury’s October Country stuff to Sturgeon and Leiber and many others, including myself and many contemporaries. (I’d love to know what my book War of the Flowers was if it wasn’t urban fantasy.) But these days it’s also a consumer category — that is, it’s meant to narrowcast to people who apparently like fantasy stories that don’t take place in the traditional epic-fantasy environments of imaginary pasts. At the moment that means lots of fairies, vampires, werewolves, and zombies, most of which used to be thought of as components of “Horror”. So it’s hard to say. The trendy stuff — hello, bloodsuckers! — will peak and dwindle, just like serial killer novels did, but there will always be stories that can rightly be called Urban Fantasy. So I suspect it’s not a question of whether the waves will still come in — they will — but what kind of surfers will be on them. Memes will rise and decay (mostly through incestuous overuse) but as long as people stay interested in what lies behind ordinary life, I suspect the genre, at least the part that is about storytelling, will stay strong.
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