Clarkesworld Roundtable on Epic Fantasy

What is epic fantasy? What makes it epic? Part one of Clarkesworld Magazine‘s really interesting roundtable discussion of that very question is featured in its July issue. There are a couple of dozen authors interviewed: Robin McKinley, Steven Erikson, Kate Elliott, James Barclay, Patrick Rothfuss, Erin Hoffman, Juliett McKenna, and others, including myself.

I found the questions quite fascinating and thought-provoking while I was answering them, and reading everyone else’s answers is equally fascinating. Seems as though reading Tolkien young is quite a formative experience on for the future epic fantasy writer.


About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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