Can you write sword & sorcery with elves in it? It’s not an idle question – to me, elves are usually a mark of high fantasy, and all in all, only the old Eberron setting for D&D came close to show me it is not strictly so. Well, OK, Eberron and Shadowrun. But, what can I say, I’m about to hit the shelves with a novella – hopefully the first of a series, should the readers like it – that is sword & sorcery (because that’s what I do and that’s what the client requested), but also features an elf. There’s always a first time, right?
The work was done to fit an existing universe, so there was no choice – elves it was. And also a very straightforward game-style structure. I like the challenge, I like trying to write something different. In this case, game-related fiction that is also good enough to stand on its own legs, with standard tropes thrown in, but possibly subverted.