Archive for May, 2008

CodeSpell Launch Interview

So this is actually a couple of days after the book launch, but I had other things I wanted to say at the time. Today, I’ve got something for those who are interested in hearing more about the book and the series; an SFNovelists CodeSpell interview with Kelly McCullough. Please feel free to ask more […]

Bittersweet, Death and a Book Launch

Today my third novel, CodeSpell, is coming out from Penguin’s Ace division. It’s a great day for me. It’s also a very hard one. In mid-March my grandmother, Phyllis Neese, died. She had a huge role in raising me and in my becoming a science fiction and fantasy author. She was my grandmother, she was […]

Are you inspired?

It was back at Windycon, in the Green Room before a panel, that I ran into Kerrie Hughes. Kerrie mentioned that she was going to edit a theme anthology called GAMER FANTASTIC which DAW Books was publishing, and gee, had I ever been a gamer? Of course I had, I told her. Heck, I’d run […]

The Publishing Lottery

One of the things guaranteed to annoy me is watching unpublished writers complain about how getting published is all a matter of connections and luck and timing.  None of those things hurt, but I prefer to believe it’s mostly a matter of writing really good stories. This leads to a related debate about how certain […]

Why Are Books So Long?

The beauty, and danger, of the web is precisely that it contains an ongoing worldwide 24-hour-a-day conversation on every topic imaginable. I have never watched tv much, but I do now waste time online just because it is so easy to do. And online, certain topics seem to rear their heads with impressive, or tiresome, […]

Building a brand

This is a topic guaranteed to set the teeth of the ‘writing is Art, not Business’ crowd on edge. Fortunately, there’s a comment trail so they’re welcome to put their own point of view. From 1989 until 2006 I worked for a handful of small businesses. Computer sales, then home improvements, and finally wholesale giftware. […]

What I write.

The first title of this post was: I write crap. I changed it though and the rest of this post is about why and why I would call my writing crap. A little while ago (could be months or weeks) I read a blog somewhere about how writers will sometimes talk about their writing and […]

My weak spots

Admit it, you have some, too: those narrative motifs, character types, etc. that you just roll over for. Even if they’re cheesy, even if the story around them isn’t that great, you’re a sucker for them, because they hit whatever unknown button lies deep within your heart. Here, in no particular order, are a few […]

I Hate Writing

I hate writing.  I always have.  Writing papers in high school and college was excruciating, even after I’d honed my craft finely enough to be able to write eight pages in two hours and get my B. I still hate it.  Is there anything worse than getting up in the morning and staring at a […]

What Kind of Jacket Art Do You Want on Your Book?

The other day my editor sent me a sketches of the jacket art for my next book, The Horsemen’s Gambit.  (The book is due out in January or February of 2009.)  This is not at all unusual for me.  I have a terrific editor who seeks my input on all aspects of the production process.  […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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