Archive for June, 2009

Website Help!

In my last day job, I was a web editor – so you’d think I’d know what I was doing. But now that I’m about to publish my first book, it’s time to me to write copy for my brand-new website (not yet launched),  and I’m suddenly running up against some really big questions. What […]

What’s a Story?

Like many good things, this one comes with a prize at the bottom I was reading through my contributor copy of Terribly Twisted Tales earlier this week.  I’m into the twisted fairy tales these days, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of the stories, but I also read some that left me thinking, “But that wasn’t a […]

“Hard Times Come Again No More….”

These are hard times in the writing business.  Yeah, I know:  you don’t want to hear about it.  Frankly, I don’t want to write about it.  But sometimes we have to move past our likes and dislikes and deal with reality.  And the reality is that the publishing business is in disarray right now.   […]

All Writers Are

Years and years ago at an sf convention I sat on a panel during which one of the other panelists opined that (I’m totally paraphrasing and mangling the second half but I am pretty sure that the first phrase is a direct quote) “all writers are rapists, because we force our words into the minds […]

Writing by the Seat of the Pants

Typically I plan my novels. I may not do it well or thoroughly, but I plan them. Usually I know where they start and where they will end, and a couple of high points along the way. Sometimes I know a whole lot more. I’ve never just jumped off the cliff and looked for water […]

A matter of leverage

I’ve been thinking a lot about characterization lately. Partly this is because the protagonist of my current work in progress is a challenge for me to write.  Much of it, though, is the effect of realizing that for me, character is the primary doorway into story: if the characters don’t engage me sufficiently, then the […]

Give Me Narrative or Give Me Death

Well, not entirely.  I suppose if someone actually gave me the choice, I’d settle for bad poetry in a heartbeat.  But, in the comfort of my favorite reading chair, there’s no question this is the way I feel.  I was a lit major in college.  I am not entirely unmoved by the effects of beautiful […]

Building a Writing Career—The Real Secret Handshake

There is one thing you can do to build your career in this field that will help more than anything else, a secret handshake of the writing biz. You know what it is, though it may not occur to you immediately. Who wants to take a swing at it? *a hand shoots up* Write the […]

Are writers workaholics?

Last night I was doing some online research on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for my vampire series, and, well, you know how it goes. One link leads to another: OCD –> Obsessive Personality Disorder –> Perfectionism –> Workaholic. Workaholics, obviously, are addicted to work.  They don’t necessarily enjoy it (and they’re not even necessarily good at it), […]

Writing for the World

There has been a lot – and I mean A LOT – of stuff written about the subject of writing the “other”, not one’s own culture, something that Science Fiction and Fantasy authors tend to trip over time and again simply because they ARE writing about reimagined  worlds which nonetheless, inevitably, take into them all […]

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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.

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.

Jeri Smith-Ready

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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.



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