AISFP Podcast 260 – Writing A Successful Character (Nancy Kress at Paradise ICON)

Nancy Kress Beggars in SpainNancy Kress presented a lecture at the Paradise ICON workshop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the topic of what makes a successful character and how to write that information onto the page.

A little more about Nancy:

She earned an M.S. in education (1977) and an M.A. in English (1979) from State University of New York at Brockport. In 1990 she went full-time as an SF writer. The first thing she wrote in this new status was the novella version of “Beggars In Spain.”

Although she began by writing fantasy, Nancy currently writes science fiction, most usually about genetic engineering. She teaches regularly at summer conferences such as Clarion and Taos Toolbox. For sixteen years, she was the “Fiction” columnist for WRITER’S DIGEST magazine, and has written three books about writing (such as Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint).

Nancy Kress Characters

Her fiction has won four Nebulas (for “Out of All Them Bright Stars,” “Beggars in Spain,” “The Flowers of Aulit Prison,” and “Fountain of Age”), two Hugos (for “Beggars in Spain” and “The Erdmann Nexus”), a Sturgeon (for “The Flowers of Aulit Prison”), and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for PROBABILITY SPACE). Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Japanese, and Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read.

Coming soon: Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress, September 9, 2014 through Tachyon Publications

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Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. His novel in progress, Order After Dark, is a Post-apocalyptic Fantasy set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.

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