Author Archives: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

About Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Writer of speculative fiction as the result of a horrible childhood incident involving Klaatu and a robot named Gort. Author of The Mer Cycle trilogy.

The Bag: Creative Chaos
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I give a writing workshop on generating speculative fiction ideas that has become a sort of fan favorite at conventions I attend. I did it for the first time with a group of writers I was mentoring and discovered that … Continue reading


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Pillow Fights, Oysters, and Changes of State
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This blog is not really about pillow fights. Nor is it about moving from Nebraska, say, to California—although, I’ve actually done that … twice. And any seafood involved is metaphorical. This blog is about key reasons that many of the stories … Continue reading


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The Name of the Prose, Part 4: A Ghoti by Any Other Name is Still a Fish
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My first novel was also my first experience trying to create a fantasy world from the ground up. With Tolkien as my only model, I waded hip deep into Scottish history and Auld English linguistics to come up with character, clan, place and object names for my fantasy trilogy, The Mer Cycle.

Here’s what I learned: whatever names I use, it pays to simplify their spelling wherever possible. Continue reading


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Keep Laughing and Carry On
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In the category of wacky things Book View Cafe authors do when they’re not writing, my husband Jeff (that is, Chef Jeff Vader, All-powerful God of Biscuits) has posted a new video of one of our parodies on Youtube. Here … Continue reading


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The Name of the Prose, Part 3: You Are Here
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A sense of place plays a critical role in determining whether a reader “gets into” a story or not. Good place names can lend an aura of reality to even the most fictional of places. Conversely, an obviously made up place name in a story that pretends at reality can make a location that seems perfectly real to the author seem perfectly ridiculous to the reader. Continue reading


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The Name of the Prose, Part 2: The Name is Bond—James Bond
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What if the name hadn’t been “James Bond”? What if the name Ian Fleming gave his super spy had been “Crane, Ichabod Crane?” Continue reading


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The Name of the Prose, Part 1: What’s in a Name?
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Here’s a question for you, Dear Reader. What publisher would have taken Bram Stoker seriously if his villain had swept onto the page and said, in sepulchral tones, “I am Count Humperdink. I want to drink your blood”? Continue reading


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The Word is Baseball

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The title phrase of this post is from one of my three most favorite books, Shoeless Joe by W.P. (William Patrick) Kinsella. It is not the signature line from the book or the movie it inspired, Field of Dreams. That would be the … Continue reading


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On Becoming a Professional Amateur, #4: Character Acrobatics
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I’m replaying one of my favorite posts on writing. Why? Well, in part because I’m juggling too many cats and in part because I’ve just had the issue come up in a book I’m reading. This is not an amateur’s … Continue reading


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When Writers Can’t Write
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The Meri by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

“Once upon a time, alas by now a long time ago, when Indians or to be correct the aboriginal people of America where still allowed to follow the nomadic lives of their choice, there were those afraid of and maligning, … Continue reading


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