Archive for May, 2009

BURNING SKIES launch interview

Next up we’ve got David J. Williams, author of BURNING SKIES, now out from Bantam! Q:  So what’s BURNING SKIES? A:  The follow-up to last year’s MIRRORED HEAVENS—the second book in the Autumn Rain trilogy. Q:  So I gotta read MIRRORED HEAVENS first? A:  Your call.   I wrote BURNING SKIES so that you can leap […]

MythOS Launch Interview

We’re talking today with Kelly McCullough about MythOS, his new book in the Ravirn Series that’s out today. Q: New book? A: Yes indeed. Q: What and why? A: Cyber-fantasy with hacking as sorcery…again. It is book IV. And, because they pay me of course. No, that’s not really it. Well not all of it, […]

Anniversaries, and Other Celebrations

Today is my sixth wedding anniversary. Okay, that isn’t really important, for all you readers of the SFNovelists blog.  But it *is* important to me, as an author.  Just as my husband and I need to (get to!) decide how to celebrate our romantice-life-together landmark, I need to (get to!) decide how to celebrate the […]

Are Our Books Really Children? And If So, Whose Children…?

  We’ve all heard it before.  Maybe we’ve said it.  We get a manuscript back from our editor and it’s covered with comments and criticisms and suggested changes.  And in explaining away our initial reaction (which is something along the lines of “What the hell did he do to my book?”) we say, “Well, no […]

“There aren’t enough books being written for this age group.”

I did a presentation at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival on Sunday 17 May.  The festival lasts two days (Saturday and Sunday) and features local writers, musicians, publishing houses, and of course food booths.  There was also a book swap, a Talk Story booth*, a Keiki activities booth*, and at least one slam poetry […]

Word Wars

I was recently introduced to the concept of word wars by C.E. Murphy. A word war requires a chatroom–tinychat works well–and some writers and some time. What you do is open the war room, then spread the word that there will be a war. You might post a time that it will begin and how […]

Hearts and sleeves, Round Two

Back in August of last year, I turned my attention to characterization, and the issue of writing introverts. Short form was that I am a moderately reserved person, and so tend to write moderately reserved characters, with the result that my idea of deep floods of emotion may not come across to all readers as […]

Writers’ Tricks and Anthropology

 Every once and a while you find a great factoid that helps your writing.  Usually it’s a nugget about style and technique, the sort of thing that fills Strunk and White, or Fowler.  Other times you stumble across the perfect bit of history in your research to set the scene for the period you’re writing […]

Writers’ nightmares (literally)

For my designated blog day this month, I was going to discuss the ongoing Time Wars between writing and book promotion, seeing as I have a new release next week (or possibly this week, depending which store you ask, which gives it an exciting lottery feel!) but also a June 1 deadline. Then Kelly covered […]

Writing and Self Promotion, A Dialogue With Myself

I’m not at all convinced of the value of self promotion, but I’ve got a book coming out in just a hair over two weeks and I end up going back and forth on the subject. It goes a little like this: MythOS comes out in 2 weeks! That means that you’re at the point […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeri Smith-Ready

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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.

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