Archive for November, 2007

Any Resemblance is Purely Accidental

People often ask me if I resemble the main character in my novels.  My answer is complicated because in many ways I don’t.  I’m not nearly as good-looking as Garnet is, but I certainly have moments when I’m as flighty.  Actually it’s one of the many arguments I end up having with my critique group.  Often […]

Weirdness, deep, deep, weirdness…

So, I’m a writer. Or maybe, hello, my name is Kelly and…I write novels. Rest of group answers back “Hello, Kelly.” No, that’s the wrong script. Anyway, I do write novels and like the rest of the folks here at SF Novelists I even sell them. This tends to lead to things like, well, books. […]

A Precise Mess

I’ve been re-reading John Crowley’s Little, Big in the most demanding of ways–out loud, to my partner on our morning commute each day. It’s funny how well you get to know a book when you read it aloud. I loved it before, but reading every word with intonation and affect, never skimming or skipping to […]

A Little Help…?

Oh, my. I’m in a panic. I used up this week’s blog idea yesterday on my own LJ, and you don’t want to hear about my writing or my cats or the weather or my son Theo’s obsession with Star Wars Lego. Blogging. It’s so stressful. Especially now that I’m scheduled to blog here today […]

Science in My Science Fiction: Dark Energy

There was a time in the 1980s in comic books where superheroes had to be retooled to make them cooler, often by adding “dark” in front of their name. For example, Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns helped revive Batman as a leading character. In the 1990s, that trend hit cosmology with “dark […]

Worth A Thousand Words?

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  I think you could change that to dollars — and maybe thousands or hundreds of thousands – when you apply that to cover art.   When I’ve talked to readers about what caused them to pick up a book of mine, many of them admitted that the cover was […]

The Cipher is released

So yesterday, actually, my latest book The Cipher was released.  I can’t tell you how much fun this book was to write.  I wanted rompy, fun adventure and I think I nailed it.  It’s getting fabulous reviews and I couldn’t be happier about it. But. Well, you knew there had to be a but, right?  […]

The Ages of Writing

…ah, there you are. If you haven’t come here from my OTHER blog, <a href=””></a>, where I deal with the Age of Innocence, go back and read that first. Because we’re about to step across a threshold here and enter… …the Age of Achievement. Not all of us do get here, of course. There are […]

Nothing New to Say?

Writers get depressed on occasion and get to a point where they think their work sucks and they have nothing new to say.  I’ve heard there are only 9 basic book plots, but I haven’t tested the theory (Anyone want to try?).  I’ve also heard most fantasy book plots will either start with a stranger arriving in town or the main […]

Early Novel Gets the (Book)Worm?

There’s no cover art or back cover copy yet to tempt you with, but has already listed Romancing the Dead (Garnet Lacey, 3) as available for pre-order. May I say that this seems a bit premature to me? The book isn’t scheduled to be released until May 6, 2008. And, in fact, I only […]

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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.

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.

Catherynne Valente

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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