Archive for April, 2008


Having just finished the last book in my Stoneways fantasy trilogy (tentatively titled The Magicians’ Daughter), I’ve been thinking about how important a strong finish is.  Wrapping up a series is always difficult: in addition to tying up all the loose ends in the narrative, you have to make sure all the characters’ individual arcs […]

A Guide to Reviewing a Book: A Writer’s Perspective

My second novel Spider Star was released last month and the reviews have been rolling in, both from pro venues and more causal discussions on various forums I’ve noticed.  I justify the obsessive googling as the result of trying to make sure I spot reviews for publicity, but it’s more realistically a combination of nerves […]

What makes me stop reading

Some books I never pick up: I’m turned off by the cover art, the title, or the gold-embossed words that are supposed to draw me in. Other books I take off the shelf but put back after a few seconds; I read the back cover or the dust-jacket, maybe a paragraph or two, and I […]

My Dragon Takes Your Starship!

At a recent science fiction convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul over the Easter weekend, there was a panel on why fantasy sells better than science fiction.   As someone who used to write science fiction, but switched to urban fantasy because, uh, well, because my “numbers sucked” I’m fairly invested in the answer to this question.  I’ll […]

There and back again

I’m on the road again – after the March madness of Lunacon and Norwescon back to back, two classes taught at UConn (that’s the University of Connecticut), plus at least two bookshop readings, I had a week of appalling con crud or a bad cold or whatever it was that had me in its clutches […]

An Idea for an Idea

Last night I was searching for an idea about what I should write for this blog.  As I tucked my kids into bed, I asked my son if he had any ideas on what I should write.  Desperate, I told him it could be about anything.  He promptly replied that I should write about all […]

Huh? Or Why Characters Do What They Do

I watched this really awful movie recently. It was called Scorcher and it was about nuking LA so that the tectonic plates would stop moving and thereby stop the imminent “hell on earth” from arriving (i.e. earth becoming a really hot place). It was bad on a lot of fronts, not the least of which […]

Novel Haiku

In honor of April Fool’s Day, novelist TA Pratt has promised to write book four in the Marla Mason series… entirely in Haiku. (See for yourself!) I’m no poet, but I couldn’t resist the idea of writing a little haiku of my own. Here’s one for my first book: JADE TIGER Kung fu goddess seeks […]

Author Information

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.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. 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.

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.

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese is the author of JADE TIGER (Juno Books, 2007), an action-adventure kung fu romance, with tigers. Her short stories have appeared online at Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories, and in various print anthologies like Japanese Dreams, Sword & Sorceress, and Polyphony 4. When she's not writing, Jenn is practicing martial arts, playing World of Warcraft, or dreaming of rain. Visit site.



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