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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 4 – 3 Urban Fantasy Genre Writing Tips

Hey there! I’m sharing the transcript (almost but not exactly word-for-word) of my latest episode of my Rambling Prose YouTube channel.
On this episode I discuss very briefly the background of how I got into the urban fantasy genre and give 3 quick tips for those who want to write the genre as far as how the market currently stands. I am a YouTube newb so the quality will get better as time goes on. If you find my videos helpful, please click subscribe, like, and share on social media. Thanks so much!

Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and I’m represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. Please check out my Phoenix on the Rise series – I’ll pop the links where you can find it below. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance.

Today, though, we’re going to focus on urban fantasy, which is my absolute favorite genre to read and write. Don’t get me wrong, I love many other genres, too—but this one definitely holds the keys to my heart. At its simplest, urban fantasy mixes magic and the real world. It has its roots going back to ancient mythology, when cultures all around the world looked to explain the inexplicable natural phenomena around them in a way they could understand. I will often describe what I write to those completely unfamiliar with the genre as Harry Potter written for an adult audience. Now don’t go getting the pitchforks and mobs. It’s completely okay that many of us adults also enjoy Harry Potter! It’s just something that even people who don’t read fantasy are pretty familiar with.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 3 – So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff

So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff

Hey you guys! Time for me to share the transcript from my latest episode of Rambling Prose, So You Think You Can Pants? 8 Pre-Planning Tips Before You Strut Your Stuff, for those who either can’t or prefer not to watch the video. Please do consider clicking like or subscribe on that video if you can. It’s always helpful and appreciated!

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Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and I’m represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance. As mentioned in a previous episode (which you should totally go watch!) I am what the writing community calls a pantser, meaning I write mostly by the “seat of my pants.” Staring at a blank page just waiting for inspiration to strike can sometimes be daunting. On the roughest days, it can also be extremely unproductive! Being a pantser doesn’t mean you can’t do some pre-planning, although it’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

So you think you can pants? Let me share 8 pre-planning tips to help make your pantsing life easier before you strut your stuff.

First what I like to start with typically is the hook, the theme, and the initial conflict. Hook: Something intriguing or different about your story that immediately draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading. The hook is something intriguing or different about your story that immediately draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 2 – Starting a New Book

Time to share the transcript (even if not exactly word-for-word, I do improvise somewhat!) from my Rambling Prose YouTube Channel, Episode 2: Starting a New Book.

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Hi, and welcome back to another episode of Rambling Prose. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, author of the Shades of Fury series for Penguin Random House under their Ace imprint and represented by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I do also write fantasy, science fiction, and romance. I’m currently working on revitalizing my indie publishing career with my Untamed Elements series. You can pick up Book 1, Reborn in Fire, from Amazon now; and Book 2, Forged from Flame, is available for pre-order. That book’s official launch date is May 1st. I’m hard at work on Books 3 and 4 of this first Quartet, Phoenix on the Rise, with the plan to launch those in the months after Forged from Flame so readers won’t have long to wait.

Since I just started Book 3, Embraced by Embers, this week, I thought it would be a great chance to talk a little about my own process at the start of a book. I’m what many in the writing community call a “pantser,” meaning I write “by the seat of my pants.” Other writers are what you would call “plotters.” Logically enough, that means they plot ahead of time. Pure plotters outline most (if not all) of the main details of their books before they ever set pen to paper, finger to keyboard, or voice to recognition software.

Now, as with most things in life, there are many people who fall somewhere in between those two extremes. I don’t even consider myself a 100% pure pantser. I do perform a little pre-planning as far as getting a vague idea of the main storyline, the major characters, and since I write mostly fantasy and science fiction, the most important elements of world-building like magic or government systems. Beyond that? I pretty much fly into the great wide open (as the late, great Tom Petty sang), making up crap as I go and hoping it all comes together in the end. Okay, kidding just a little bit. I mean, I DO totally make up crap as I go, but the beauty is that my subconscious is putting all the pieces together into a neat little package that my conscious mind just has to go back and polish to a prettier shine once the first draft is complete.

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BLOG – Rambling Prose Ep 1: Intro of Author Kasey Mackenzie

Time to get this blog on my website back up and running! I’m going to be sharing the transcripts (okay, more like scripts that I mostly stick to but may not be exactly word-for-word) from my brand-new Rambling Prose YouTube channel. I’m hoping to post at least once, if not more times, a week on writing and publishing-related topics with the occasional personal topic possibly tossed in. I would love to have you subscribe to the channel!

Here we go with Episode 1: Intro of Author Kasey Mackenzie & Channel!

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Hi and welcome to my new Rambling Prose YouTube Channel, where—spoiler alert! I plan to ramble about all things writing and publishing related. Just an introduction for those who have absolutely no clue who I am—which, let’s be real, is gonna be pretty much all of you! I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a New York Times bestselling author—no, wait, that’s not me! Um, I’m a USA Today bestselling author—fudge. That’s not me either. Wait, wait. This one’s true! I swear. I’m a Kindle bestselling author—if you squint just a little. I recently appeared in the Once Upon a Star anthology, which debuted at No. 1 in Science Fiction anthologies on Kindle.

Okay, FINE! While that one actually IS true, let’s just go with the plain, unvarnished truth. I’m Kasey Mackenzie, a published author. A multi-published author. Yes, that’s right, I had not one, not two, but THREE books published by Penguin Random House under their Ace Books imprint. If you love urban fantasy with a side order of romance, please check out the Shades of Fury series. I’ve also indie-published a few more books, but years of dealing with grief from the loss of five family members and some mental health issues pretty much sidelined my publishing career.

Fortunately, neither my agent, Ginger Clark, nor my supportive friends or family gave up on me. So now that I’m in a much better headspace, I’m trying to become a Phoenix on the Rise, much like the main character in the indie-published series of the same name I’m working on, as I try to get both my writing and publishing careers kickstarted again. No, no, no, don’t freak out. I’m not asking you to donate money to me via Kickstarter. That’s just a figure of speech. Which I’m totally licensed to bust out as an actual published author. Unless of course you WANT to donate money to me via Kickstarter?

Kidding! So let’s cut to the chase. My friends Yasmine Galenorn and Sarra Cannon, who really ARE actual NYT, USA, and Amazon bestselling authors have inspired me with their own YouTube channels into sharing some of my own advice and experiences with both writing and publishing. I’ll be sharing some of the history behind my publishing experiences, some tips and tricks for writing, and charting my path as I work on getting this indie career going and hopefully sell more books to traditional publishers via my rock star agent. Because if my wonderful friends and family—and if the agent who reps (just to name a few) amazing authors like my childhood favorite Patricia Wrede, amazing YA author Gretchen McNeil, Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey, and the late great Ursula Le Guin hasn’t given up on me, I can’t give up on myself.

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