I have been doing a little bit to research on my own (like every good aspiring writer should!) and I came across a video on Youtube that I would like to share with you all. Christina Farley made this video with a variety of tips given to the listener by different fantasy authors. Take a few minutes and listen to what these writers have to say. You may find it interesting.
Five young adult authors share their tips to writing fantasy.
Beth Revis: http://bethrevis.com/
Maureen McGowan: http://maureenmcgowan.com/
Lori M Lee: http://www.lorimlee.com/
Karen Akins: http://www.karenakins.com/