Archive for October, 2007

More About Agents

The other day, Alma blogged about getting and keeping an agent. I’d like to add one thing–a caveat, really: when you’re seeking representation, you must do your homework. This is more than knowing which agent represents what genre (which you can find out through many agent websites as well as online resources such as Agent […]

Science in my Science Fiction: Literacy?

I’d intended to follow-up this month on last month’s entry on dark matter, and do something similar about dark energy. I will do that in the future, either here or on my own website, but I left it a little late (blame a friend of mine for distracting me, and she knows who she is). […]

To Sign or Not to Sign

Over the weekend I had a mega-author booksigning event that was…. interesting, as we like to say in Minnesota. We had a mix of romance, mystery, and SF authors there — including some people I would have considered “big names,” which is to say authors who have made various bestseller lists.  However, it was cricket-ville.  […]

Face Bookishness

Today I’m going to blog about something totally unrelated to writing, and that’s Facebook. I joined it last night. Here is what I know so far: People are writing on my wall. There are things called “stories”–this can only be a good thing, right? Though I don’t think they’re actually stories. Something about vampires. Scrabulous, […]

Psst, Reading for Fun is Fine

So is writing for fun. By which I mean writing stories that don’t try to shake the foundations of the Earth. Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, and King Lear but he also wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure. I know this will seem like heresy to some, but there’s every bit as much honor […]

The (Mutual) Care and Feeding of Authors and Agents

Aside from “Where do you get your ideas?” questions about agents and a writer’s relationship with same are amongst the ones most frequently asked of pro and newly-pro authors who are lucky enough to actually HAVE one. There are plenty of things that are bandied about out there. You might hear, “Hey, the agent works […]

Pay attention, I might assign homework

I’m in teaching mode right now – having just spent 2 hours at the local library teaching a fiction writing class the other night.  I enjoy teaching classes, and I know many other writers who also teach.  But why teach? you ask – good question To supplement their income.  Let’s face it, unless you’re J.K. Rowling […]

You want me to do what to my book?

I have revisions to do. And a day job. Now I don’t have any trouble doing revisions, though there be many, because I am perfectly aware that they always (so far) have made for a better book. But. You knew there was one coming, right? See, here’s the problem. The revisions need to happen, and […]

The Sound of Writing

More and more books I read have a curious addition:  a soundtrack.   It’s a well established fact that many authors write to music, and now some of them are publishing in the novel a list of songs that inspired them or, even in some cases, providing an link to an iTunes mix you can listen […]

Author Information

Jackie Kessler

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Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). 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.

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.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder has been writing fiction and nonfiction since 1995. She has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers. Her first published novel, Poison Study appeared on the shelves in 2005, and chronicles Yelena’s challenges in surviving her dangerous job as a food taster. Magic Study follows with Yelena’s efforts to learn about her magic while searching for a rogue magician turned serial killer. Fire Study chronicles Yelena's adventures with a Fire Warper and was released in March 2008. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology at Penn State University. Much to Maria’s chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. Writing, however, proved to be more enjoyable and Maria earned a Master of Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. As part of her research for her Study novels, Maria signed up for a glass blowing class to learn how to shape molten glass. The first thing she learned is it is considerably harder to sculpt glass than it looks. Maria now has an extensive collection of misshapened paperweights, tumblers, and bowls. When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, daughter and yellow Lab. She is working on her next MIRA novel, Storm Glass, due out Spring 2009. Readers are welcome to contact Maria by e-mail at, or they can find more information on her Web site at 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.

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.



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