Welcome to Swan Tower. I'm Marie Brennan, fantasy author and ex-academic. Here you can find not only the usual information on my books and short stories, but also various and sundry essays, musings, rants, screeds, and bits of unsolicited advice. Check out the links to the left, and if you'd like to be notified about updates to this site, sign up for the newsletter.
(11/11/13) Two of my stories have recently been reprinted: "Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics As Employed Against Lycanthropes" in Mad Science Café, and "Waiting for Beauty" in The Book of Apex: Volume 4.
(9/23/13) Two bits of business, both involving Book View Cafe! First, my blog series on how to write combat is now an ebook, Writing Fight Scenes, available from several fine retailers (including BVC). Second, in celebration of that publication, and also of my birthday this month, Lies and Prophecy is a dollar off at BVC until the end of September.
(7/18/13) I've updated the site with a slew of essays, most of them from my monthly blog spot at SF Novelists, but also including parts one and two of my thoughts on structuring epic fantasy series. You can find all the new essays in either the Craft or Philosophy sections.