Archive for February, 2008

Fire Study Release!

My third Study book arrived in bookstores and via Amazon this week.  Many of my readers have been waiting since October 2006 for this book, and I know I’ll soon be getting emails asking when the next book is due out   I am quite pleased with how the story progressed in this novel, and […]

Ignore that deadline behind the curtain!

This Saturday begins “70 Days of Sweat,”a happy exercise in masochism developed by writers for writers. It’s like NaNoWriMo—so many pages a day, in this case 4-6, with an end goal of 60K-100K words. A shorter novel, or a pretty significant chunk of an average one. I learned about it on Diana Pharaoh Francis’ blog, […]

On Negative Reviews…

As many of us OC writer-types will do occasionally, I browsed over to amazon to check out A MAGIC OF TWILIGHT, and found that someone had given it a one-star review. Of course, I had to read it — it’s like picking at a scab: you know it’s going to hurt and you shouldn’t do […]

Show, Don’t Tell: The Great Debate

The dumbest advice I ever got as a science fiction novelist was “Show, Don’t Tell.”   My problem was that I thought “They” meant all the time.  Of course it’s good advice particularly when dealing with character issues.  Nothing knocks a reader out of a story quicker than a protaganist you’ve been told six or seven times is braver […]

Promotional Madness

I almost forgot today was my day to blog at SFNovelists. See, my next book, Goblin War, comes out in 9 days.  So needless to say, I’m a little insane right now. The biggest problem is that I haven’t touched Goblin War in months.  I turned in the page proofs back in mid-2007, which means at this […]

The Great Query Letter Debate

Is it more effective to start the query letter with a dramatic pitch paragraph or a straight-forward business proposal? Thing is, I’ve heard it both ways. My favorite book on writing proposals and query letters YOUR NOVEL PROPOSAL: FROM CREATION TO CONTRACT by Blythe Camenson and Marshall J. Cook (Writers Digest Press, 1999) suggests the […]

Secret Handshake

When I was a nascent writer I used to jokingly ask professional authors what the secret handshake was to getting published.  I was kidding around, but there was a serious edge to my question.  I felt like they had some clue to the whole publishing industry that I was missing.  I knew there was no […]

A Few Brief Notes on “Epic”

A couple of weeks ago my daughter asked me how to write a space opera in the epic style.  It’s nice of her to think I know (I’m not so sure I do), but it did get me thinking about that kind of story that needs an expansive canvas to accomplish the kind of narrative […]

Stringing a story together

I am a linear writer. I start at the beginning and write on through to the end. As I go, I also spiral back to look at what I wrote recently and revise and tweak and then write more forward progress. This has been my process for five novels now. But I’m having trouble with […]

Oh, Joy! Oh, Rapture!

Oh, joy!  Oh, rapture!  What a coincidence my SFNovelists post should come the same day I finish the current WIP.  So of course I have to talk about what it feels like to finish a WIP (see above).  Joy and rapture don’t even come close to covering it.  Also featured are relief, euphoria, a sense […]

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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 maria@mariavsnyder.com, or they can find more information on her Web site at www.mariavsnyder.com. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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