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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 18 Nov 2015 :  14:46:53  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was interviewed about 007 and LICENSE EXPIRED: THE UNAUTHORIZED JAMES BOND. Check it out:

http://www.coreyredekop.ca/james-bond-age003/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 30 Nov 2015 :  15:50:33  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Available again: ON A DARKLING PLAIN, one of my VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE novels.

http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/167443?affiliate_id=22713&src=V20FB
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 04 Dec 2015 :  14:19:23  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now available: LEGACY OF THE REANIMATOR! I've got a story in it.

http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Reanimator-Chronicles-Herbert-West-ebook/dp/B018X372VK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449235745&sr=8-1&keywords=legacy+reanimator
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 16 Dec 2015 :  17:46:45  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I participated in this heroic fantasy round table on Dave Gross's website.

http://frabjousdave.com/creative-colleagues-roundtable-heroic-fantasy-round-1/

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 16 Dec 2015 17:47:27
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 23 Dec 2015 :  00:31:59  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Available now! 62 authors (including me), 36 artists, 830 pages! Masterminded by Ron Fortier, LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION is a big, big benefit anthology to help out author/editor Tommy Hancock. Check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Legends-New-Pulp-Fiction-Fortier/dp/0692601139/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1450829713&sr=8-2&keywords=legends+of+new+pulp

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 23 Dec 2015 14:13:03
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 05 Jan 2016 :  23:40:53  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Stewart Wieck and the gang have a Kickstarter going to revive the Scarred Lands, a very cool sword-and-sorcery setting for RPG's and fiction.

If the campaign hits a particular Stretch Goal, backers will receive the Scarred Lands trilogy I wrote way back when plus a new short story continuing the adventures of my hero Vladawen.

Check it out here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1861515217/scarred-landsfrpg-setting-in-both-5e-and-pathfinde?ref=nav_search
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Hippo
Seeker

USA
16 Posts

Posted - 11 Jan 2016 :  06:48:13  Show Profile Send Hippo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Stoked about Black Dogs. Will be coming out around my bday!

Will you still be contributing to the novellas and short stories?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 13 Jan 2016 :  14:11:25  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Hippo, glad you're looking forward to BLACK DOGS. Hope you enjoy it.

If Privateer asks for more short fiction and I can fit it into my schedule, then I will certainly do more, but at the moment, we're focused on the novels. They do have one little short story they commissioned a while back that has not been published yet. Presumably that will turn up in one of the mini-anthologies at some point, but I don't know which one or when.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2016 :  20:31:53  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
TOMORROW'S CTHULHU (which includes a story by me) is now available as an eBook with the print edition arriving momentarily. Here's the info:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A97NC5I

Broken Eye Books:

http://www.brokeneyebooks.com/store/c12/Tomorrow%27s_Cthulhu.html

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 25 Jan 2016 20:32:30
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2016 :  17:33:10  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out the Kickstarter for AARON ALLSTON'S STRIKE FORCE, a new edition of a terrific superhero RPG campaign sourcebook.

You'll notice that one of the Stretch Goals is an anthology with stories by excellent authors including Elaine Cunningham, Dave Gross, Jaym Gates, Mel Odom, and Michael Stackpole. Plus, you'll get something new from me.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
Moderator

USA
30340 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2016 :  20:02:39  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Check out the Kickstarter for AARON ALLSTON'S STRIKE FORCE, a new edition of a terrific superhero RPG campaign sourcebook.

You'll notice that one of the Stretch Goals is an anthology with stories by excellent authors including Elaine Cunningham, Dave Gross, Jaym Gates, Mel Odom, and Michael Stackpole. Plus, you'll get something new from me.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force



I'll be looking into this one, just based on that list of authors.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 09 Mar 2016 :  17:57:17  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A while back, Nonbinary Review ran a story of mine that connects to the seminal horror work THE KING IN YELLOW and stars the real-life fencing master Aldo Nadi. Previously, you couldn't read the story unless you could access the Lithomobilus platform, but now the issue is online. So if you missed the yarn before, you can find it here:

http://nonbinaryreview.com/archive-2/issue-5-the-king-in-yellow/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2016 :  14:26:10  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS is now available. It's a heroic fantasy anthology of all-new stories by Ed Greenwood, Mel Odom, Elaine Cunningham, Erin M. Evans, and many other fine writers, plus you get a little something from me.

http://www.amazon.com/Champions-Aetaltis-Marc-Tassin/dp/0990529649/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460466276&sr=8-1&keywords=champions+of+aetaltis
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2016 :  14:13:00  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
ONDER Magazine #1 from The Ed Greenwood Group is now available! Among other stuff, it contains work from Ed himself (including his thoughts on a new beginning for the Forgotten Realms) and Gabrielle Harbowy and new short stories by Chris A. Jackson and me. My story is set in the Hellmaw universe and stars a character who will also star in a novel I'll be writing by and by. Check it all out here:

http://onderlibrum.com/onder-magazine/
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Clegane
Seeker

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Posted - 15 Apr 2016 :  16:21:45  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you! Just finished reading the intro piece and Q & A with ED. It has me excited for the Realms and look forward to reading the rest of issue.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 25 Apr 2016 :  14:42:01  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was a guest on the Gods and Monsters webcast. (Thanks for having me on, gang!) You can watch that here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_YoIlkcHr4&feature=youtu.be
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 16 May 2016 :  14:10:58  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I wrote a guest post on James R. Schmidt's blog, Eight Steps to Writing Your First Story in a New Shared World.

https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/guest-blog-eight-steps-to-writing-your-first-story-in-a-new-shared-world-by-richard-lee-byres/
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Adhriva
Learned Scribe

USA
139 Posts

Posted - 16 May 2016 :  15:47:02  Show Profile  Visit Adhriva's Homepage  Send Adhriva an AOL message  Send Adhriva a Yahoo! Message Send Adhriva a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I enjoyed the blog post and have a related question to writing in a shared world. Namely, how do you handle characters created by other authors, especially if those former heroes they created have the potential for betrayal and/or death in your script. A good example are the hero vs hero stories that have populated recent cinema narratives.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 17 May 2016 :  14:26:04  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Adhriva. Glad you enjoyed the post.

To answer your question, in my Forgotten Realms work, I have pretty much steered clear of characters created in other novels or short stories. I have felt somewhat freer to use characters created in the gaming sourcebooks. The way this works is that if I tell me editor what I have in mind, and the editor says yes or no. This all happens in the outline approval stage, so there's no danger that I will do something with a character in the course of actually writing a story and only find out afterward that it's a no go.

I try to be consistent with what the creator of the character had in mind. You may or may not like my portrayal of Sammaster in YEAR OF ROGUE DRAGONS, but I made him an evil nut job with a dragon and dracolich obsession.. That's what the original material said he is.

Generally speaking, the more important a character is, the less likely it is that the publisher will let you change him significantly. The change needs to be a key part of a good story that can only be told if the change happens, and even then, you can't do it if it has long-term implications for the profitability of the setting. Back when I was working for WotC, I could have pitched the FR equivalent of HAMLET, and if it had involved croaking Drizzt and Elminster, there's no way it would have been green-lit. (Just an example, there. I would never, ever consider doing that even if I thought I could get away with it because it would be grossly disrespectful to Bob and Ed.)

There are times when the publisher actually decides a big change is in order and commissions the writer to bring it about in the context of a work of fiction. In THE HAUNTED LAND, there are big changes to the land of Thay. WotC decided they wanted Thay to evolve in that way, then asked me to write the trilogy where it happened.

A lot of the big apparent changes you see in stories have back doors built into the situations that will allow them to be undone. For example, the change that comes to the status of Captain America and the heroes who side with him in the new movie is clearly something the film makers can change back when it suits them. Stories involving comic-book superheroes and super-villains are very often like this, to the extent that we feel that nobody stays dead in the Marvel and DC Universes.
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Madpig
Learned Scribe

Finland
127 Posts

Posted - 02 Jun 2016 :  11:53:07  Show Profile Send Madpig a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Richard. What is your current standing with WotC? Is there even tinyest chance we could get more Aoth and the company novels in anywhere in near future?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 02 Jun 2016 :  14:19:37  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Madpig. Sorry to disappoint you, but except for collecting royalties on old work, I have no current standing with WotC. I have no contracts in place to write new stories, and they appear to have no further interest in publishing me.

That said, I can't predict the future. At some point, WotC could decide to expand the fiction line again and ask some of us writers who were cut from the team to come back. If the forthcoming D&D movie is a huge hit, maybe that would encourage them. But at this point, if the company has even a conditional, hypothetical kind of interest in doing this, I'm not aware of it.

I would certainly be interested in coming back. There are more stories I planned to tell. But it's also true that I haven't just sat around waiting for WotC to call. I've had to move on to new projects, which means contracts and deadlines with other publishers. So even if WotC asked me back, I might not be able to start writing for them that same year. Also, much as I love the Realms, writing is my livelihood, and I would have to consider WotC's offer vs. what I am able to make elsewhere.

So that's where things stand. Nowhere, basically.
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ywhtptgtfo
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Posted - 16 Jun 2016 :  01:08:39  Show Profile  Visit ywhtptgtfo's Homepage Send ywhtptgtfo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Hi, Madpig. Sorry to disappoint you, but except for collecting royalties on old work, I have no current standing with WotC. I have no contracts in place to write new stories, and they appear to have no further interest in publishing me.

That said, I can't predict the future. At some point, WotC could decide to expand the fiction line again and ask some of us writers who were cut from the team to come back. If the forthcoming D&D movie is a huge hit, maybe that would encourage them. But at this point, if the company has even a conditional, hypothetical kind of interest in doing this, I'm not aware of it.

I would certainly be interested in coming back. There are more stories I planned to tell. But it's also true that I haven't just sat around waiting for WotC to call. I've had to move on to new projects, which means contracts and deadlines with other publishers. So even if WotC asked me back, I might not be able to start writing for them that same year. Also, much as I love the Realms, writing is my livelihood, and I would have to consider WotC's offer vs. what I am able to make elsewhere.

So that's where things stand. Nowhere, basically.



That's a bit sad to hear. The Haunted Lands trilogy is about the only 4e trilogy that I don't regret spending time reading.

I liked how the characters were memorable and prone to making mistakes. Even the pre-mandated winner of the trilogy (Szass Tam) was thwarted a couple times by miscalculation (Malark) or misfortune (Spellplague).

I also liked how the characters would occasionally make flawed and unanticipated speculations of their circumstances without being explicitly by other parties. For example, the zulkirs never knew the fates of Yaphyll and Dimitra and concluded that both ladies were still working with Tam towards the end of the 2nd book. Even though that conclusion had no meaningful influence over their actions, I still appreciate that tiny detail.

With regards to the movie, I am very impressed with how Blizzard pulled off a fairly presentable Warcraft Movie but I highly doubt WotC can come remotely close to achieving that standard. Needless to say, the last two D&D movies were flops and WotC is not really a powerhouse of literature right now.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 16 Jun 2016 :  14:15:41  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked the trilogy.

With regard to the D&D movie, it won't be WotC actually making it. Experienced moviemakers with the resources of a major studio behind them will do that, just as is the case with WARCRAFT. People who actually work for WotC will be onboard as humble consultants or not at all. Depending on one's perspective, that can be seen as cause for optimism or pessimism, but it's almost certainly the way things will be.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 20 Jun 2016 :  14:36:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Black Dogs is coming from Privateer Press.

This is the first novel in my new fantasy trilogy set in the Iron Kingdoms universe. It stars the Black River Irregulars, the merceanries who previously appeared in my novella Murder in Corvis.

Natiurally, the novel will be available In print and eBook editions, too, but Audible is first out of the gate with a solicitation.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Black-Dogs-Audiobook/B01GEYPV90?action_code=AUDORWS0424159DCE
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1772 Posts

Posted - 20 Jun 2016 :  15:18:15  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll be a guest on the MythWits podcast at 9:30 PM tonight. You can listen and submit questions at this link.

http://studio187.com/mythwitslive
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