Archive for July, 2008

the year

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve measured the year in terms of the academic year. Fall begins when school does (and I also have a knee-jerk urge to go shop for clothes, paper, pencils and binders). Winter starts just before Christmas. Spring starts in January. Summer starts in May. Now sometimes the months shift […]

On Beginnings and Planned Obsolescence

I started writing a new novel recently. I delivered my last contract book a couple of months ahead of deadline, and as a reward I’m giving myself permission to work on a spec book just because I love the story. It’s actually the second book in a trilogy I’ve been working on in the interstices […]

On the Importance of Having a Life

There seem to be two kinds of writers.  (And my apologies for starting off with what is certainly a false dichotomy that is way overused). Check out the author bios in the backs of the books.  One type reads like a random sampling of jobs listed at an employment agency, showing a writer who has […]

Real People, Unreal Worlds–Are you Liable to Libel?

A friend of mine who’s not a writer recently asked me if I would get in trouble with using real people in my novel. In my first book, coming out in August, I have walk-ons by a few dead-but-famous people (P. K. Dick, Carl Jung, Eisenhower), as well as a few famous-but-not-dead people. Notably, I […]

Making Cross-Promotion Fun

Back in 2006, mystery writer Joe Konrath and I were talking about websites. He asked me a very important question: “Why will people come back to your site after the first visit?” So I thought long and hard about it. And what I thought was this: I would interview other authors. Not different enough, though; […]

For the love

I had found myself in a strange place. For some years now I have been writing to contract. It was a heady thing – someone BOUGHT my stories before they had been written, somebody paid me advances for dreams yet undreamed. There was an exhilaration to it – and there were two other things, too. […]

The Novel is Done, Long Live the Novel

Around a week ago, I finished up The Turning Tide, the third in my Crosspointe series. Finishing a book is always rather a strange thing for me. There’s a certain amount of jubilation and awe at myself–I finished a whole, entire book! And then there’s this period where my body starts to completely freak out–apparently […]

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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.

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.

Mike Brotherton

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

Daryl Gregory

Daryl's a science fiction writer who lives in State College, PA. Several of his short stories have appeared in "Year's Best" anthologies, and his first novel, PANDEMONIUM, will appearing in Fall 2008 from Del Rey Books. 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.

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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