Kevin J. Anderson: Crossing Techniques Over Genres, by Janice Gable Bashman

International best seller Kevin J. Anderson draws writing techniques from across genres to shape the reader’s experiences and draw the reader into a story. He’s used suspense/thriller/horror techniques in his science fiction novels, big science in his mysteries, and historical epic techniques (multiple story lines, huge canvases, etc.) in his fantasy and science fiction epics, techniques he says are “drawn directly from historical epics like Pillars of the Earth and Shōgun.” He likes to read “widely outside of the genres in which [he] write[s], so [he] can add new and unexpected ingredients to keep the story fresh. Too many genre writers read only the types of novels that they write, and so it’s like they’re in a creative hamster-wheel.”

Anderson is the author of more than one hundred novels, forty-eight of which have appeared on national or international best seller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. Anderson has coauthored with Brian Herbert both the science fiction original Hellhole and twelve books in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune series, and he has also coauthored with Dean Koontz a major best seller, Prodigal Son. Anderson is also the author of the Star Wars Jedi Academy books, the highly popular epic science fiction series The Saga of Seven Suns, and the sailing-ships-and-sea-monsters fantasy trilogy Terra Incognita (along with two companion rock CDs). He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader’s Choice Award, the American Physics Society’s Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book. He and his wife, best-selling author Rebecca Moesta, have cowritten a middle-readers series, Star Challengers, in conjunction with the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education.


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