Archive for April, 2008

Committing Series

Romantic Times Book Reviews had an article in their recent issue called “Stop the Series!” in which they asked various authors if they ever thought it was a good time to quit.  Interestingly, they interviewed at least one author whose publisher didn’t give them the option of continuing a beloved series (and one who actually chose […]

larks and owls

This month’s blog is more a poll than a post. OK, maybe a poll with an essay question. On weekdays, I write in the evenings. Without going into too much detail, it’s usually around 9-10pm before I am able to settle down enough to work. Since I get up around 6am…let’s say I’m usually tired […]

‘Making changes’… uh, no… ‘editing’… umm, ‘revising’…

I’m “almost done” with the editing of the submission draft of A MAGIC OF NIGHTFALL, my current work-in-progress. Not that I’m done with the editing entirely, mind you. Sheila, my editor, will now read it and have her own comments and suggestions, and the manuscript will go through another intense pass, and then there’s the […]

On Failure

Last night, I sat down to work on my SF Novelists blog post for today.  I had an idea I wanted to work with, something I thought would inspire a lot of thought and discussion.  It would be smart.  It would be insightful.  It would have pushed our Technorati rank into the stratosphere. It would […]

Four Teachers

It’s late Tuesday night, and I’m writing this post in front of the TV, while primary returns dribble in and the talking heads try to make some sense of the spin.  No, don’t worry.  I’m not going political.  But I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about this month, and perhaps appropriately in […]

Darkness Defined (SF vs. Fantasy Redux)

Despite (or maybe because of) all the really interesting answers people came up with last time I brought this subject up, I’m still thinking about why fantasy out-sells science fiction. If you’re just joining this discussion, it started with a post by Eleanor Arnason over at the Wyrdsmith’s blog, in which she discusses a panel […]

My Manifesto

Periodically, manifestos on the subject of writing pop up on the interwebs. That’s totally cool with me, even though I rarely read them. Or pay much attention to them. I’m not a manifesto kind of person. But after much thought I’ve decided I do have a manifesto to share with the world, however unlikely it […]

Part book review, part musings on writing

Recently Andrew Wheeler (former SFBC editor and now editor at John Wiley and Sons) sent me a copy of Extraordinary Circumstances by Cynthia Cooper. The book is non fiction and is about how Cooper helped blow the whistle on Worldcom and expose their financial shenanigans. I wanted to read this book when I heard about […]

Publicity …

.. a subject never far from my mind, and one I throw myself into between writing and editing my novels. Do I believe there’s a secret combination of publicity battering rams which will knock down the doors ‘o’ indifference? No, I don’t. Do I believe authors should leave publicity to their publisher and get on […]

Jumping Ship

For several years now, I have introduced myself in bios and panels as a graduate student in anthropology and folklore. Pretty soon, that won’t be true anymore. I came to my university with every intention of leaving with a Ph.D. in those two fields. It’s a time-honored path for writers: become a professor, do fiction […]

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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.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (http://magicalwords.net), and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. 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.

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.

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.

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