Archive for October, 2009

The scary bits

In just under six months, my first book will be published. It’s a strange time for me. On the one hand, six months feels like a long time to wait; on the other hand, things are really starting to get moving, in an awful lot of ways. I’ve started to hear from people who’ve already […]

Our Books, Warts and All

As I have mentioned in a previous SFNovelists post, I am working this year with a Master’s student in creative writing. Last term we worked on writing and editing; this term I’m having him read several books that I consider classics of fantasy and science fiction. (No, I’m not going to give you titles, and […]

The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest – Follow Up

Watched a famous old movie a couple of days ago – A Man For All Seasons.  The flick won several academy awards for 1966, including best picture and best actor for Paul Scofield.  It’s beautifully done, with many compelling scenes, but it also has long stretches of boredom.  Why?  No tension.  It’s an historical film […]

Snip, snip, cut, cut . . . back to the drawing board

This part is the shameless self promotion part: My new book, Bitter Night, is releasing about a week and a half. I’m very excited. I love this book a lot. It’s getting a lot of good reviews and buzz already, which is very nice. But (and here’s where we get to the point of this […]

Age-appropriate

A parent once e-mailed me, asking if my first novel was appropriate for a thirteen-year-old girl to read. This kind of question is impossible to answer. Parental opinions vary wildly as to what thirteen-year-old girls (or boys, or children of any other age you care to name) should and should not be reading. One doesn’t […]

The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest

I attended Albacon last weekend where, among other things, I participated in a pair of panels about Villains and Villainousness.  The panels crystallized some thoughts I had about a book I finished recently and which have been floating around in my head ever since.  I won’t name the book, or the author.  Though I am […]

Sabbatical

As you read this I will be returning to Edinburgh after a couple of days on the isle of Skye. This is my 5th trip to Scotland with my wife. We were married here in 1994, the year before she entered grad-school. It was a registry office wedding in Leith in what had once been […]

What then should we do…?

Ah, the vexed question of promotion, and marketing, and “getting out there”.   Used to be, if you got picked up by a halfway-decent publishing house, your book got a publicist whose job it would be to make sure that the world at large knew about the book’s existence when it turned up as an […]

Of Beds and Writing

I need a bed. I’m not sleeping well and my bed has divots and really, I needed a bed quite some time ago. Here’s the problem. I hate buying a bed more than I hate root canal (and I’ve done both.)  Here’s why. First, I’m convinced bed salespeople are the equivalent of the used car […]

3 Questions with Mindy Klasky

On October 1, I celebrated the release of my tenth novel, HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH (10?  Ack!  There’s no way I’ve been doing this for that long!)  I also celebrated turning in the manuscript for my twelfth novel, and the outline and worldbuilding summary for my thirteenth novel.  Then, I slept.  A lot.  […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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