Archive for December, 2007

Writing as work

With the Writers’ Guild strike going on, there’s been some interesting talk about this “writing” thing as a job. You may have already seen Joss Whedon’s excellent post in response to a New York Times article about the strike; if not, go read it now, because Joss Whedon is very good at being funny and […]

Why I Like Chapter Titles

One of the things I remember best about opening a book for the first time when I was a kid was reading the table of contents.  Often I’d make my mind up about whether the story was going to be any good or not based on that page alone.  If the chapters sounded interesting and cool, […]

Novelist, Gamer, Story Junkie

My name is Kelly McCullough and I’m a video gamer. Nor am I the least bit embarrassed about it, though I know there are some who would say I should be. They’re wrong. It’s a pretty natural jump actually, writer to reader to gamer, at least with the type of games that I’ve come to […]

Right On

My parents had a bumper sticker on their car: “The Moral Majority Is Neither.” I like cars that wear their politics on their bumpers, although I sneer at ones with a “W” sticker. The Co-op is a good place to see bumper stickers. There’s one, an old Cadillac, that has a back end covered with […]

Has Plot, Can Pants

I’m working on a middle-grade traditional fantasy. I wrote the entire outline (a habit that my adult paranormal editor got me into, damn him), so it’s really a matter of connecting the dots to write the first draft. But even with the plot laid out in front of me in neat rows, sometimes the most […]

The fantasy ghetto of your dreams…

“Mamma! Mamma! Look!” “Put it down, dear. You will drop it and then we’ll have to buy it. And pull the wings in, there’s a good firedrake. When you grow into a proper dragon you’ll learn manners, I suppose.” Well, there’s THAT kind of fantasy ghetto. The place where the Strange Ones live. Where that […]

MySpace Addict

Well…I’m more a convert (yeah, I know I’m in denial).  Last February my publisher hinted strongly that I should get a MySpace page – it felt the same as if she told me to go live in Tibet.  I had no idea what MySpace was, let alone have the time to put together a page […]

How do you pick out a book?

Once upon a time I lived in a town with big box bookstores, used bookstores and independent bookstores, all of which carried fantasy and sf along with a bazillion other books.  And oh, don’t forget awesome libraries.  I used to depend a lot on serendipity to find good books.  I’d go wandering the stacks, picking […]

Author Information

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.

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.

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.

Jackie Kessler

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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.



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