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I am writing a science fiction novel that takes place on other planets that I have made up. Can I use Mythology in my books? Preferably Greek Mythology?

Answer
Sure! You can use Greek mythology, but you'll want to put your own particular spin on it. Your plantlife and geography shouldn't be identical to Earth, so the statues and temples built to the gods might not have the same features as the ones here, and the rivers might be a different color than blue or grey depending on what plant life lives under the water. (and hey, Krakons might be REAL on your planet. :D) Good luck!

But remember that "science fiction" requires science to be at the heart of the story. And science doesn't always mix with myth. You might be writing a fantasy, rather than a science fiction. That doesn't change what you write, but it might change what you *call* it when you're ready to sell it. :)

Good luck!

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

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I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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