Writer Nancy Jane Moore pursued both the law and martial arts with equal vigor, applying their lessons to many areas of her life. She found that questions of justice, fairness, and equality were extremely important to her. This led to her championing low income housing, food co-ops, and working as a legal editor. As she puts it, she didn’t become rich from the law. However, she is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, both teaching the art and expanding her own knowledge of it. Here at Book View Cafe we suspect she is secretly a superhero.
Her approach to fiction is equally mind-bending.
(Picture from here.) Here’s where I lose any possible literary creds. Okay, in the interest of transparency, I like bad movies. There are several ways a work can fail. It can aim too low and miss. It can aim too … Continue reading
Ha! Thought this would be all about fantasy and historicals (pre- included) and preindustrial societies, didn’t you? In the process of interacting with the public for my Kickstarter project, I’ve been riffing on (and offering to write a story about) … Continue reading
by Sherwood Smith Then strap me again in my cockpit And toast me in faraway bars. Just let me fire off into hyper, I’ll make my own way to the stars. A little over forty years ago, I sat with … Continue reading
by Sherwood Smith At a LosCon panel a few years ago, a surprising number of people said that they don’t read science fiction any more. They read mysteries—fantasy—historicals, whatever. Not SF. The thing that surprised me was that these were … Continue reading
Everyone has different ideas on what makes a hero. For me, more than looks, a cool manner, great taste in clothes, castles, and cars, is the seduction of competence. I love a hero who gets things done that need doing. … Continue reading
Brainstorm is an accurate description of what happens to an author when an idea strikes. The mind whirls furiously, new thoughts compound and spiral out of control. Then the itch in the fingers begins as phrases and sentences demand to … Continue reading
My story in Book View Press’s first anthology, Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, happens to be about a warrior. It’s not about a war, though. The war ended long ago and my warrior was on the losing side. She’s … Continue reading