Making Myths and Magic
A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels
By: Shelly Campbell and Allison Alexander
So you want to write speculative fiction?
It’s time to get that fantastic world that’s been stuck inside your head for years, complete with dragons and androids, onto paper! Whether you’re starting your first or tenth novel, Making Myths and Magic was written for you.
Fantasy author Shelly Campbell and editor Allison Alexander have teamed up to provide a comprehensive resource, distilling the information they’ve learned from years in the publishing industry. To keep you inspired and engaged as you grow in your craft, they take a deep dive through science fiction and fantasy novels, movies, and TV shows.
Within these pages, you’ll learn how to tackle structure, dialogue, tropes, diversity, mythology, riddles, prophecies, fantastic creatures, weapons, technology, magic systems, languages, and more!
Making Myths and Magic will be available online from major booksellers. You can also order it from your favourite local bookstore or request it from your library!
ISBN: 978-1-989423-38-7 (hardcover)
978-1-989423-41-7(large print softcover)
Publisher: Mythos & Ink
Publication Date: February 18, 2022
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
At a young age, Shelly Campbell wanted to be an air show pilot or a pirate, possibly a dragon and definitely a writer and artist. She’s piloted a Cessna 172 through spins and stalls, and sailed up the east coast on a tall ship barque—mostly without projectile vomiting. In the end, Shelly found writing fantasy and drawing dragons to be so much easier on the stomach.
Shelly‘s tales are speculative fiction, tending toward literary with dollops of oddity. She enjoys the challenge of exploring new techniques and subject matter, and strives to embed inspiring stories in her writing and art.
Allison Alexander (she/her) is an editor, author, and podcast host. She’s fascinated by the intersection of geek culture (in particular, science fiction and fantasy), disability, and faith. And she loves talking about worldbuilding. Her book Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness is part memoir, part research, part pop culture analysis and documents her experience living with a painful condition. She makes her home in Hoth, a.k.a. Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband and their giant collection of tabletop RPG manuals.
During her free time, you can find her chasing chocobos in Hyrule, traipsing with kitsune in Middle-earth, or piloting the Normandy in a galaxy far, far away. Learn more about Allison and her books here.