Archive for October, 2008

Trick or Treat – for Children’s Literacy!

I am conducting a fundraiser for the children’s literacy charity, First Book, which gives low-income kids their first books to read and own. The fundraiser is in two parts:  1)  A calendar for sale featuring 12 recipes created by several genre authors in honor of the Cake Walk bakery featured in my Jane Madison Series […]

A whole new world

Last month I wrote about being in limbo in more than one sense. I was in the 9th month of pregnancy, waiting for my first baby to arrive; I’d sold my first trilogy but not yet published the first book. Well, the first waiting game ended the night after I wrote that entry, when my […]

Where to Shop for Books

There’s been some interesting chatter lately on bookstores and book buying and which chains we should support and so on.  Some authors say independents are the answer. Others champion Barnes & Noble over Borders. I haven’t seen many of us campaigning for the Amazon Empire, but if you check our web sites, you’ll find that most […]

SF/F and Race

Last night at class, the conversation turned somewhat unexpectedly to the issue of science fiction/fantasy and race.  It was only slightlyunexpected, as, after all,  the assigned reading was “The Comet” by W. E. B. Du Bois (1920) which is shocking by today’s standards not so much for its SF content, but for its liberal inclusion […]

How Do You Deal With Distractions?

Let me start by promising that this is not going to be a political post — I’m not getting into any polemics at all. That said, I’m utterly obsessed with the election right now.  I have about half a dozen election oriented websites that I check and recheck slavishly during the course of the day.  […]

The economy sucks–what are you doing for entertainment?

I’m curious what people are doing for entertainment while the economy is so suckitudinous. Are you netflixing? Going to movies? Traveling to Europe? Heading to Canada now that the dollar is strengthening? Painting by numbers? Reading more books? Digging out all those video games you used to play and forgot about and now they all […]

Blood, love, and rhetoric

PLAYER: We’re more of the blood, love, and rhetoric school. [...] I can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and I can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can’t do you love and rhetoric without the blood.  Blood is […]

I Love My Editors – Part 2

I’m not much of a short story writer, which is why my second editorial relationship is quite different from my first.  It’s also why, when Scott H. Andrews of the great new magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies said he was interested in my story if I did X, Y, and Z, I immediately went out and […]

Defining Our Genre

When I somewhat jokingly complained to a writer friend about not getting invited to a comic con because I wasn’t one of the “cool kids,” I expected him to laugh at me and tell me I was acting (as usual) like a diva.  Instead, he said without missing a beat, mind you, “Maybe it’s because […]

There’s Nothing Wrong With Happily Ever After

Nor, for that matter, is there anything inherently wrong with “they all died tragically.” One of the bedrock problems that you run into in any discussion of fiction is the idea that there is some objective way of determining if a story is good.* I don’t believe that there is, in part because fiction isn’t […]

Author Information

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.

Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis is an American writer who lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son "Mr Darcy", and their crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. Her Regency fantasy trilogy for kids, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, will be published by Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, beginning with Book One: A Most Improper Magick. She has also published short stories in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. You can find out more, or read/listen to her published stories online, at her website. 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.

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.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( 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 (, 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 (, 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.

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.

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.

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.



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