Archive for October, 2007

Small Mind Hobgoblins

My high school English teacher used to have a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson hanging on the bulletin board that baffled me for years.  It read: “Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”  (Apparently, there’s more to it.)  I’m reminded of it, however, every time I receive a copy edited manuscript from my publisher. That may sound […]

Start the conversation without me

At least a couple of times a week, exceptionally interesting and informative blog conversations pop up all over my little corner of the netverse. Some days, everyone seems to settle for posting quiz results, car repair woes, and head cold sagas, but other days, the repartee just seem to take off. Current events. Politics. The […]

Doing Well by Doing Good

When I finished writing Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft, I decided that I wanted to use it, in part, to do something good – I wanted to donate some of my profits from the book to a charity. Applying my librarian skills for good instead of for evil, I started to research charities, looking for something […]

Help! I’ve Forgotten how to Read!

I’m a thirty-three year old author with four books sold, and I need to learn how to read. Growing up, reading was easy.  My mother taught me when I was four, mostly so she could shove a book into my hands and get a break from me.  (I understand her motivation much better these days, […]

Reading Beyond Yourself

At a local Barnes & Noble in the children’s section, I overheard a mother tell her children, “Remember what we talked about!  Pick something in your reading level!”  Now, I admit that I didn’t know what was going on there, and it’s entirely possible that this parent was admonishing her children not to chose a book […]

“It’s HBO-style epic fantasy”

I hear that in Hollywood one is supposed to master the “elevator pitch.” Let’s say you get in an elevator with a well-known producer, and from the time when the elevator doors close the hapless producer is stuck with you until the doors open on the next floor. This is your only chance to pitch […]

Life in the blurbs

What do newly-published authors dread more than anything else? More than receiving 27 pages of editorial notes after they handed in the (supposedly) final draft? Yes, and even more than their first negative review? Asking famous authors for blurbs! If you’re lucky you can handball this to someone else, especially if your publisher has a […]

I am back in highschool

Okay, not really. But it feels like I’m a 16-year-old goober waiting by the phone for a prom date to call (because, yanno, I couldn’t have the boobs to call some guy myself.) So anyhow, the problem is my next book, The Cipher, comes out on November 6th. Why does that make me feel like […]

Why I will never write a Mayan apocalypse novel

On December 21st — or December 23rd, depending on who you ask — 2012, the world will come to an end. Or not. On that date, the Long Count, one aspect of the fantastically complicated Mayan calendar system, will read 13.0.0.0.0. That’s the “end” of the calendar: we’ll have completed 13 baktuns, bringing us back […]

First Love

My first love as a reader was sf, so why am I writing fantasy?  Well, for one thing, there wasn’t a lot of fantasy when I was a boy in the ‘60s, but there was a lot of sf.  Heinlein juveniles, golden age fixups (is A.E Van Vogt really a YA writer?), and TV shows […]

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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.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. 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.

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.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. Visit site.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

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