Hello, and welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology!
All authors do research for their stories. In honor of the book release for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, five authors divulge what they looked up, discovered, or simply ran across in the process of creating tales of magic and technology.
Rhiannon Held: This story made me do a little more mapping of additional “things being an archaeologist makes me take for granted.” I find them all over the place when I hand my writing over to my critique group. Copper was used by some native groups in North America when other metals usually weren’t, because it can be cold-hammered from natural deposits. Doesn’t everyone know that??? When I got the note about that back, I slapped my forehead, because of course not everyone does, but I wasn’t thinking about it in the flow of the writing.
Dale Cameron Lowry: I’ve had friends who’ve fostered motherless newborn kittens, so I knew a little about how time-consuming their care can be, but I wasn’t up on all the details. Fortunately, the internet has a lot of great information, a lot of which you can find just by asking your phone. One great resource my own phone pointed me to was “What to Do (and NOT Do) If You Find a Newborn Kitten” from The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals.
Stevehen Warren: Sometimes you have to listen to your gut feeling and finish the story. I originally wrote two drafts with the second having a bit more serious tone, but submitted the first work instead. I like the characters more in the first draft.
Kris Millering: A few things:
- The docents at the Issaquah fish hatchery are very nice and will happily tell you all about it if you ask.
- You’ll get funny looks if you stand and stare at stoplights for too long. (Oops.)
- Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, “So what is this mobile rock’s motivation?”
Raven Oak: I learned that you should never tick off the AI. 😉
Want to see what these authors did with the concept of a magic iPhone? Pick up your copy of Untethered: a Magic iPhone Anthology in ebook or trade paperback today. Find it at Amazon.com, Nook, or wherever you prefer to grab your books.
Extra Interest: Jonathon Burgess shares “I’ve got an iPhone 4s! I’m so very behind the times. But I was constantly referring to it while I was writing.”
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