Archive for December, 2007

In Praise of Formula Writing

In my alternate life as Tate Hallaway, romance writer, I often hear non-romance readers complain that romance is all just a matter of “the formula,” which they are convinced we all receive by mail from romance publishers. While, it’s entirely possible those things still exist somewhere, most writers I know, romance or otherwise, make stuff […]

That word again

Genre. The Encarta World English Dictionary that came loaded on my iBook gives one definition of “genre” as “one of the categories that artistic works of all kinds can be divided into on the basis of form, style, or subject matter. For example, detective novels are a genre of fiction.” What triggered that interest in […]

Baseball as an analogy for the writing game…

I was thinking about the post I wrote last month (http://www.sfnovelists.com/2007/11/27/david-vs-goliath/), and the interesting discussion that erupted in the comments, and realized — too late, of course — that there might be a decent analogy for ‘breaking into the writing business.’ It’s akin to breaking into professional baseball. Yeah, yeah, I know: “Oh no! A […]

Post-Holiday Book Suggestions

I find that December tends to leave me with a handful of gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, and so on.  I know I’m not the only one.  So it occurred to me that this might be a good time for a book recommendation thread. Of course, the temptation is to start out […]

Dark Nights of Despair

The Dark Night of Despair…sooner or later, everybody gets there.

Are You a REAL Writer Yet?

One of the hardest parts about being a writer is never getting that sense of validation other professions have. For instance, after years of medical school, you’re conferred a doctorate and you get a nice certificate to hang on your office wall. What do writers get? Nada.  Well, okay, eventually, you get your name on the […]

No, Really, I’m Working

More on work that doesn’t look like work. Sometimes, I work in my sleep. No, really. You see, I have very vivid dreams, but only if I’m between writing projects or it’s been a couple of days since I’ve written. This is either a subconscious manifestation of something my wife, Laura, calls “leaking weirdness,” or […]

What is Work?

I am a full-time writer, whatever that means. What it doesn’t mean, at least in my case, is that I report to an office space for a specified time, let’s say 9 to 5 with or without overtime factored in, to fulfill specified tasks. I do go to a desk (my office) to write on […]

Between books

I skipped my date with the SFNovelists blog last month because I was up to my neck in my NanoWrimo 2007 effort. (Also, Diana’s posting date usually coincides with mine, so I felt like it was covered.) But this month I’m not writing, I’m not editing and I’m not even thinking about being an author. […]

When an author “changes”

I’ve read a lot of fantasy. I have been a voracious reader of most any kind of words since first grade. I would go to the library and the bookstore and snatch most anything off the shelves that even looked like fantasy. And recently, some comments by readers of my new book have reminded me […]

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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.

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.

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.

Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost's latest book is LORD TOPHET, the second volume of the SHADOWBRIDGE duology from Del Rey (Random House). Fantasy Book Critic calls Lord Tophet "a richly rewarding experience, it is also one of the few must-read fantasies of the year." And Paul Witcover says of the tale ""His pages bristle with the kind of lively energy I associate with Miyazaki films, and his delight in the stories his characters hear and transform and retell is palpable and contagious." His short story collection, ATTACK OF THE JAZZ GIANTS & OTHER STORIES (Golden Gryphon Press) was hailed by Locus as "a notable collection, likely to stand as one of the best of 2005" and Publisher's Weekly once again,in a starred review(*), went even further in saying, "Frost demonstrates his mastery of the short story form in what will surely rank as one of the best fantasy collections of the year." Recent short fiction can be found in the anthology POE, edited by Ellen Datlow, and upcoming in URBAN WEREWOLVES, edited by Darrell Schweitzer. Visit his website for excerpts, publishing info and appearance dates. He blogs here and here. More on Shadowbridge here. 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.

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.

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.

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