Tucson Festival of Books

Writing Fantasy in the Desert


So many fantasy stories are set in mountains or forests or coastal cities. Liz Kerin and Moses Ose Utomi chose the path less traveled and set their books in deserts. So why a desert setting? What unique advantages or disadvantages are there to setting a fantasy story in a desert? Why aren't more stories set in deserts?


Panelists
Liz Kerin

Liz Kerin is the author of "Night's Edge," and she is a playwright, screenwriter and graduate of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts....

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Moses Utomi

Moses Ose Utomi is a Nigerian-American fantasy writer and nomad currently based out of San Diego, Calif. He has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and short fiction publications in Fireside Magazine, Fantasy Magazine and more....

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Books:
Night's Edge
Liz Kerin
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Tor Publishing Group
June 2023
ISBN 9781250835673
288 pages

The Truth of the Aleke
Moses Utomi
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Tor Publishing Group
March 2024
ISBN 9781250849052
112 pages