On this panel about Dark Fantasy were: Rena Barron who is famous for her breakout fantasy The Gilded Ones. J. Elle is famous for her fantasy Wings of Ebony. Finally Kiersten White is famous for many books, including the And I Darken trilogy.
Moderator: How do you decide what readers’ first impression is going to be of your fantasy world?
White: It’s more about the soul of the story.
Barron: Dark doesn’t mean bad it just means unknown.
J Elle: What is the most intriguing entry point into the book? How you want to introduce the reader. The hook.
Moderator: Contemporary or full fantasy?
J Elle: I prefer contemporary fantasy
Barron: You get to throw some magic into the regular world.
White: It’s fun to get stuff from other people’s worlds.
Moderator Why Dark Fantasy?
White: I’m telling the story because it has integrity
Barron: I don’t mean to tell a dark fantasy I’m just trying to tell a story.
J Elle: When you go back to stories at different points in your life you get different answers. Darkness is just exploring the unknown.
White: Writing books is also a personal journey for the author that no one but the author can see but they know it’s there.
Moderator: What is everyone currently reading?
Moderator: When adding element from other cultures how do you do so respectfully?
J Elle: Lightly inspired if not your culture. Let Own Voices deal with it if its a major element of the plot.
White: If you are looking at history be careful of your sources. Why are you using these people as a jumping-off point?
Engage things with integrity, responsibility, and love. Also, throw out any extreme sources from either side of a conflict.