About Traci Loudin
Stories bring people together. Stories help us understand the world and ourselves better. I believe they help us live fuller lives.
But we don’t have to read stuffy “Literature” with a capital L! I like fun and adventurous novels set in science fictional and fantasy worlds.
Stories should capture our imaginations and take us far from here. They should excite and terrify us. They should make us long to live in that world—or be thankful that we don’t!
That’s why I write dark epic fantasy. It’s fun, it’s adventurous, and sometimes it’s terrifying. Let’s go explore the dark corners of the world of Renjian…Join the Ardent Alliance
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Traci Loudin’s early years
My parents began reading to me from a very early age, and I’ve always loved science fiction and fantasy. As a young West Virginian, I always looked forward to library trips with my mother to both of our small town’s libraries.
When I was in the third grade, I wanted to read my father’s science fiction collection soooo badly — especially Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Venus series with their interesting covers filled by strange beasts and bizarre landscapes. He eventually read H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds to me. I thought it was the best bedtime story ever.
Eventually able to read on my own, I proceeded to devour Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar series and other series. I became a voracious reader, and sooner or later, all that input begged for an output.
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How long have you been writing?
My writing career began at age 10. We’d go on family camping trips, and while my cousins played softball, I wrote stories. I started with a cute little story about a boy and a girl who join the monsters who’ve been terrorizing their small village. You could say the science fiction and fantasy aspects of my stories have evolved a little since then.
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What are your favorite speculative fiction genres?
Post-apocalyptic. Future Earth. Alternate world. I also enjoy “epic fantasy with boundaries,” you might say. Stories that make you think and feel something.
Got any favorite books to recommend to hungry SFF readers?
These are some of my favorites, in no particular order. I’ll make it easy and link you over to your local Amazon:
- Dune by Frank Herbert; I also recommend the prequels by his son and Kevin J. Anderson
- Daybreak: 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton
- Elantris, Mistborn series, Way of Kings, Words of Radiance (the hardbacks of these last two are gorgeous) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
- The Bridge of D’Arnath series by Carol Berg
- Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind (notice I didn’t mention the series)
- Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks
- The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
- Patrick Rothfuss’s twobooks
- The Black Jewels by Anne Bishop
- Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson
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More interview questions
See my interview on BookGoodies.
AmyBeth Inverness asked me stuff like “How many Dune novels have you read?” and “Are genre lines solid or fluid?” Read the interview here.
Belinda Crawford asked me about my writing of Nyr, an antiheroine in The Last of the Ageless. Read the interview here.
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