Archive for February, 2009

Dusting off the files

The only thing weirder than seeing your (first) novel out there is seeing a different version of it.  It’s so strange it’s almost like getting a second novel published!   Though in some ways, the recently-released mass-market version of Mirrored Heavens is a different novel, because (unlike the trade paperback), the mass market contains a […]

That Contemporary Twist, or It’s the Economy, Stupid

I write humorous speculative fiction novels with romantic elements, set in the contemporary United States.  (For another audience, I might have started this post “I write chicklit with fantasy elements.”  The key for this post, though is “set in the contemporary United States”.) Setting is important to my books.  My characters care – a lot […]

How Incestous is SF/F, Anyway?

Today is a happy day in SF Novelist land, marking the release of several member works:     As I was thinking about how to promote and celebrate my friends’ books, I started wondering about the ethical side of things.  I’ve heard more than a few grumbles about the incestuous nature of publishing, particularly in the […]

Why Continuity Matters

Many years ago, I was stressing over the fact that a detail in a short story didn’t match events in the book set in the same universe.  A friend of mine, another writer, asked why it was bothering me.  Nobody would notice, my friend claimed. I would.  And to this day, the fact that the […]

More on Creativity (With Thanks to Kate Elliott for the Inspiration)

Building on Kate Elliott’s wonderful post about creativity (2/18/09)…. I’m an author by profession, but I believe that creativity plays far greater role in my life than my writing career can encompass.  I’m a photographer as well.  I’ve had my own exhibit, I have work hanging in a local gallery, I’ve sold work to magazines, […]


I was recently asked my opinion on the origin of creativity.  I’m pretty sure this is an unanswerable question, but it did make me reflect on creativity. It made me reflect that I have not a clue what creativity really is or where creative ideas come from.  Indeed, I am very much of the belief […]

The Evils of (fill in the blank)

Ever been witness to a Mac v. PC um, discussion? (yeah, I know, usually ends in body blows, but we’ll go euphamistically, shall we?) Or sat in on a session of the evils of MS Word? Or Dell? Or  . . .  (this is the part where you fill in the blanks). It doesn’t have […]

Flash fiction: building an arch

One of these days, I’m going to put together a little book, containing a sample of the weird metaphors writers use to describe writing. Mostly I talk about stories in terms of textiles. To other writers I know, stories are soups or rocks or things that spin in their heads. (No, really.) But the other […]

The Happy Place

Sitting here in Boskone getting ready for a panel on the economic future of the European Union (I’m not quite sure what this has to do with SFF, but I’m sure I’ll learn something), and what do I do to prepare?  Write my monthly post for SFNovelists, of course. I guess it’s going to be […]

Waiting for Inspiration: A Writer’s Morality Play

Waiting for Inspiration: A Writer’s Morality Play In Half An Act The players, Three Fairies: Inspiration-a classical sparkly-winged tinker-bell type Motivation–a rather weasely looking fellow in the mode of a low rent Puck Discipline–a 500 pound gorilla in a tutu and obviously taped-on wings The scene: A gray stage, empty save for a gray desk […]

Author Information

David J. Williams

Descended from Australian convicts, David J. Williams nonetheless managed to be born in Hertfordshire, England, and subsequently moved to Washington D.C. just in time for Nixon’s impeachment. Graduating from Yale with a degree in history some time later, he narrowly escaped the life of a graduate student and ended up doing time in Corporate America, which drove him so crazy he started moonlighting on video games and (as he got even crazier) novels. The Autumn Rain trilogy sold to Bantam in the summer of 2007; the release of THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT completes the series. Visit site.

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.

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.

Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman worked for fifteen years in the mines of NYC publishing before deciding that she would have less stress -- if fewer benefits -- working for herself. She's still debating if not having to attend meetings was worth the loss of benefits, but other than that, ten books [and counting] later, she thinks that the decision was a good one. She is the author of the urban fantasy "Retrievers" series for Luna, the forthcoming PSI novels, also from Luna, and FLESH & FIRE: BOOK 1 OF THE VINEART WAR, coming from Pocket Books this October. 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.

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.

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.

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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