Archive for August, 2009

What makes a successful writer?

Let’s make it specific, and talk about writers of long fiction – novelists. Is it when a book (probably not your first!) is accepted for publication? When you get your first cheque? Is it when you hold that first published work in your hand? Or when you see it in the local bookshop? Perhaps it’s […]

Finding my way in

How do you come up with a whole novel? Do you start with setting, with story, or with something totally different? For me, it starts with voice. Three years ago, I was chopping onions in my kitchen when I suddenly heard the first two lines of my novel spoken clearly in my head: I was […]

That New Manuscript Smell

On August 15, I turned in the third book in my current series.  Last week, I started writing book four. I love this part.  Right now, the story is nothing but potential.  This could be the best thing I’ve ever written.  Heck, it could be the best story anyone has ever written.  (It could also […]

Learning to Teach Writing

Since the beginning of this year, I have served as an outside mentor to a graduate student who is working on his master’s degree in creative writing. (I am not employed by the university he attends, but I have been hired to serve in this specific role for this student.) And for the past month […]

Field of Vision

One piece of advice I would always give to aspiring writers and newly published/hoping to expand their footprint writers in the sff field goes like this: Be aware of what is going on in the genre. I don’t attend many conventions these days.  I’m a little too far off the beaten track (off any track, […]

Serializing a Novel

Of late, Catherynne Valente and Tim Pratt have been serializing novels online for their readers. You should go read them, because they are good, but that isn’t what I want to talk about. Aside from being a brilliant fantasy novelist, (she said most modestly and with a slight flush of humbleness), I also have a […]

More lasting than bronze

My husband and I recently watched the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men, which I had never seen before.  I’m not generally a fan of old movies; my cinematic tastes run to fantasy and science fiction (surprise!), or action, or various other things not as commonly filmed in the days of black and white.  Also — […]

Write Another Book

This is the conclusion more and more of the writers I know seem to be arriving at when we talk about marketing these days.  There are still some proponents of blogging, and of traveling around the country as a multimedia event with two folksingers and a chicken-head-eating-geek, and of doing drive-by blitzes of every bookstore […]

A Part, Yet Apart

So, I’ve been thinking about the science fiction convention experience and wondering if I’m alone in my relationship with cons or whether it’s something more general to writers attempting to make their way up the pro ladder. Because, as a professional genre writer I find that I feel both a part of the convention community […]

Goin’ Fishin’…

Due to lots of Circumstances (how, how HOW does one get water in one’s basement on the hottest day of the year? Honestly, I am a remarkable person to whom remarkable things apparently happen – one of the contractors we spoke to about this said, carefully, “You have a very… unusual… problem…” – count the […]

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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 (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.

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.

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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