Archive for June, 2010

Traduttore, Traditore: translations, languages and cultures

As someone who writes in one language (English), lives in another (French) on a day-to-day basis, and has some knowledge of a few others (fairly good Spanish, and notions of Vietnamese and Mandarin), I’m always interested in the matter of translating from one language to another. Translation can seem a bit of a dry exercise […]

The Inspiration I Draw From I. M. Notariter

I read the other day that another celebrity with too much spare time and not enough respect for the writing profession has signed a contract with a major publisher to write a couple of novels.  I know, this happens all the time.  But in this case the novels happen to be in the fantasy/sf field, […]

The Monstrous Feminine

Have you ever gone back to a book or movie or other story you first encountered years ago, and been blown away by the obviousness of something you completely missed the first time through? It happened to a lot of people with the Christian allegory of Narnia, but today I’d like to discuss a (very) […]

Writing Science Fiction vs Fantasy

I think I’m a pretty good fantasy writer.  (That’s right, another writer with an ego bigger than his sales).  What I’m not so sure about is my ability to write science fiction.  Yet here I am, six months in on an SF project.  And you know what?  It’s every bit as hard as I thought […]

Dancing the Self-Promotion Tango, Or: I’m Just Not That Into Me

So, I’ve got a new book out as of about two weeks ago, which means readings and signings and various internet-centered activities all designed to raise the profile of the book. All of which is simultaneously very cool* and very very draining. I’m basically an extrovert—I draw energy from social interactions, or as my wife […]

The New Book

My new book, The Hollow Crown, is now available. It just came out this week. I love this book. I think it’s one of the best I’ve written and I want everyone to read it. Everyone. Hint Hint. But seriously (I was being serious), I want to talk about this book in another context. I […]

Reading is Fun(damental)

I love to read.  My only disappointment about working from home is that I’ve lost my built-in reading time, the 1.5 hours a day that I got to read while I was commuting to and from an office downtown. I read for a lot of reasons – to edify myself (often when reading non-fiction), to […]

Author Information

Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard is the author of the upcoming Aztec fantasy Servant of the Underworld, published by Angry Robot. Her short fiction garnered her a nomination for the Campbell Award. She lives in Paris, France. 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.

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.

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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