Archive for March, 2009

Form of…mass market

I’ve reached a publishing milestone today–well, a milestone for me.  After years of hoping and wishing, I finally have a novel published in mass market format (that would be a reissue of the first in my WVMP Radio series, Wicked Game). I realize that many authors aspire to trade paperback or even hardcover.  They want […]

Different kinds of bliss

I’ve read a lot of blog posts lately about the question of whether aspiring novelists ought to write short stories. The old wisdom was that yes, of course they ought to – that was the recognized way to get a toehold in the field, and it was almost a prerequisite to publishing novels. In my […]

Character Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

When I was a kid, I became enamored of All Things Tolkien.  I devoured Tolkien’s novels.  I inhaled the short works.  I labored through critical essays and biographies and scholarly works.  I abhorred the Harvard Lampoon’s BORED OF THE RINGS (how dare they mock my treasured classics?!?) Along the way, I collected several different “Encyclopedias” […]

Pop Quiz for Writers

How to Behave in Public: A Pop Quiz for Writers  Note: This quiz is not at all inspired by recent events online, nor does it in any way reflect issues where I’ve had to remind myself how to behave.  Nope, not in the slightest. Note the second: There are no right answers here.  Though there […]

For Whom Do We Write?

I finished a novel a couple of weeks ago.  It’s the first book in a new series that I’ve yet to sell to a publisher.  I love this book.  I think it may be the best thing I’ve ever written, and I have ideas for subsequent books in the series — all of them stand-alone […]

Who is that character based on, really?

Years ago after the publication of my second novel (the first volume of the Highroad trilogy, titled A Passage of Stars and written under the byline Alis A Rasmussen), a friend said to me, in a smirkingly knowing way, “You based the main character on yourself, didn’t you?” Well, no, I hadn’t.  Yes, my heroine […]

Winnowing Down the Cast

I have a book that I need to revise. I finished it a couple of months ago, and have tried very hard not to look at it whatsoever while waiting for my editorial letter in order to gain some perspective. I’ve also had the feedback from my agent and from some friends. One of which […]

Reading in, reading out

I know that putting the word “postmodernism” up at the front of the post will send some people screaming in the other direction, but bear with me for a moment. One of the things postmodernism brought to literature was the idea that there’s no One True Meaning to a story; there can be many meanings, […]

The Tipping Point

You know the feeling.  Every day you sit down at the keyboard, and every day you slog away at the work-in-progress.  You started it a week ago, or a month ago, or six months ago, but it’s still a rare day when you feel as if you’ve written anything good.  Mostly you can’t bear to […]

Tradition and Red Currant Jelly…not a writing post

And now for something completely different. For reasons unknown I’ve been thinking about traditions and how they get started as I’ve been writing the last book in the current series. Because of that, I thought it might be fun to share the biography of one personal tradition. Every year in April my wife and I […]

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Jeri Smith-Ready

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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.

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.

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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