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Solid world-building is a must for any high-stakes fantasy and part of the task is avoiding harmful stereotypes. Erica Cameron, author of The Ryogan Chronicles, stopped by our blog this week to talk about breaking out of these stereotypes int he fantastical world of her series. In the third book in the series, WAR OF STORMS, the immortal mages have risen, and they're out for blood. Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya's squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Calling in help from every ally she's made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won't require sacrificing her friends or her brother. The end is coming, and there's no way to know who'll be left standing when it hits.

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When you're a writer, there's nothing more difficult --- or rewarding --- than finishing the first draft of a novel. You may think that a book's journey is over here, but then comes the editing and revising stage. While authors improve their skills with each and every draft, writing a book never really gets easier, especially as you become more and more imaginitive. In this post, author Erica Cameron tells us about the toughest book she ever wrote, which happens to be her most recent, SEA OF STRANGERS.

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Here at Teenreads, we know that many of our readers are aspiring authors themselves. If you're one of them, you may keep a list of ideas and characters somewhere, or perhaps you've even begun drafting your first book. Believe it or not, writing your book is only half of the journey to publication. After you've sold your book to a publisher --- and even a little before --- you must deal with the editing stage. In this post, Erica Cameron, author of ISLAND OF EXILES, explains what she loves about editing, and how she was able to strengthen and improve her richly detailed fantasy so that it could become the book it is today.

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