Archive for August, 2007

Something Clever or What I Usually Name My Novel

Do you know my least favorite part of writing?  I mean, besides the sitting on my butt for hours on end trying to rub two synapses together long enough to have a coherent and interesting thought?  Titles.  I hate having to come up with titles. In fact, I’ve never successfully come up with a title […]

The DVD extras should be turned off when reading for the first time

Several years ago I got a DVD player with the intention of enjoying the extra materials and features of my favorite movies. I’d built up a huge VHS collection, so I was resistant to adding the new format, but I was intrigued by the idea of extras. Hearing the director or actors speak about the […]

Maps and Things

I meant to post this earlier, but today got away from me, so here I am: better late than not at all, right? So I’ve been thinking about websites. My new novel, Blood Engines, is the first in an urban fantasy series (at least four books, and maybe more, if y’all buy a lot of […]

Life after trilogy

Earlier this month I turned in the manuscript for THE FINAL SACRIFICE, the last book in the three volume Chronicles of Josan.  Finishing a book is always a great feeling, but in this case it’s even more special because for the first time in three years I’m now free.  There’s no contract or deadline looming […]

Writer vs. Artist

I’ve been preparing material for this semester’s round of classes — along with the inevitable couple of “Intro to Lit” classes, I’m teaching a 200-level “Intro To Creative Writing” and my absolute favorite class since its entirely my baby, the 400-level “Novel Writing” class. In Novel Writing, I’ll have (mostly) focused students who really want […]

Nom[s] de Shame

Before I started writing paranormal romance, I used to pooh-pooh pseudonyms.  When writing students would ask me if there was any reason they should consider writing under an assumed name, I would laughingly say, “Aren’t you proud of your writing?” That was before my publisher told me my dwindling sales figures necessitated a change in […]

To Spoil Or Not To Spoil

When I was a kid, I loved going to movies. I loved the moment that the lights went down, when the trailers started projecting across the screen, when I was shown tantalizing glimpses of worlds to come. I was totally drawn in by the hints and the suggestions, the story bits that were sprinkled across […]

Secrets of a Good Villain

So I was reading Secrets of Jin-Shei by Alma Alexander, and I came to a scene where one of our heroines discovers a group of boys torturing a kitten.  I’m loving a great deal about this book, but this particular scene nagged at me.  The boys were there for two reasons: to be bad guys, […]

When to quit your day job

No, I’m not quitting my day job. But it is something a lot of writers think about.  Dreamed about, even.  I’ve thought about it.  But it’s never been a dream. A little context.  I have a day job that is a career, a job that I love with prospects for advancement and amazing benefits. I […]

Beyond the Cloud of Negative Energy

Being a grown-up sucks.  Not only does it come with mortgages and gas bills, but, for me at least, it also comes with a much louder internal editor/critic.  Don’t get me wrong.  I appreciate what my internal critic does for me.  My internal editor, for instance, is the calm, rational voice that reminds me that […]

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Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Tobias Buckell
Tobias Buckell

Tobias is a professional blogger, freelance writer, and author of 2 novels. His Caribbean roots often inform his fiction, but so does his love of technology, science, and the rapidly changing world all around us. Visit site.

Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt's stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places, and have been nominated for Nebula and Hugo awards. Some of his short work is gathered in two collections: Little Gods, and Hart & Boot & Other Stories. His first novel, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, was a 2006 Mythopoeic Award finalist. His Marla Mason series of urban fantasy novels, written under the name T.A. Pratt, begin in October 2006 with Blood Engines, and continue for (at least) three volumes after that. He lives in Oakland California. Visit site.

Patricia Bray

Patricia Bray is the author of a dozen novels, somehow finding time to combine an active writing career with a full-time job as a Senior Systems Analyst. She wishes to note that any resemblance between the villains of her novels and former coworkers is entirely coincidental. Her latest novel is THE SEA CHANGE, which was released in August 2007 by Bantam Spectra. Visit site.

Stephen Leigh

Stephen Leigh (aka S.L. Farrell) is a Cincinnati author with 25 novels and several dozen short stories published. Booklist called his Cloudmages trilogy "Good enough to cast in gold." He teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University, and is a frequent speaker to writers groups. Visit site.

Tate Hallaway

Tate Hallaway is the best-selling paranormal romance alter-ego for an award-winning science fiction author. Her most recent novel is DEAD IF I DO is forthcoming from Berkley Trade in May of 2009. Visit site.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.

Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is THE SNOW QUEEN'S SHADOW, the fourth of his fantasy adventures that retell the old fairy tales with a Charlie's Angels twist. He's also the author of the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, and Sword & Sorceress XXI. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on LIBRIOMANCER, the first book in a new fantasy series. Visit site.

Sarah Prineas

Sarah lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her mad scientist husband and two kids. Author of the Magic Thief series; the first book is coming in summer 2008 from HarperCollins and a bunch of other publishers around the world. Visit site.

Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

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