We’ll take a look at the different elements which make fantasy literature “fantasy” as well as multiple sources of inspiration. We’ll discuss how to keep your story “real” in a fantasy universe, and how to differentiate your work so it can stand out. I’ll also answer questions about my experiences in writing role-playing games and wargames set in shared worlds and how those helped The Dark Lord series and the Charming Tales.
Harry Heckel started by writing pen and paper roleplaying games, notably for White Wolf Game Studio, before moving into novels. As Lee Lightner, he co-authored two Space Wolf novels set in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently half of the writing team of Jack Heckel, and under that name has written The Charming Tales series from Harper Voyager Impulse. His latest novel from Harper is The Dark Lord, a parody of epic fantasy, stuffed with geek references. He is currently writing the next book in the series, The Darker Lord, and preparing for The Darkest Lord, both scheduled for release in 2018. He also has a few independent novels under his own name and does freelance work for roleplaying, board game and miniature wargame companies. He lives in central Virginia with his wife, daughter and two cats. He can be found at www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com.