Archive for July, 2013

The Skill List Project: Research

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time, I said we’d look at research…so let’s talk about what research is for. The Purpose of Research Why do research at all? To me, the most […]

The Little Details that Make Historical Fiction Come to Life

Thieves’ Quarry, the second book in the Thieftaker Chronicles, my historical urban fantasy series, set in pre-Revolutionary Boston, came out from Tor Books on July 2, and is now available from all booksellers as well as in audio book format. It was a fun book for me to write, not least because I am […]

You wouldn’t like me when I’m strong

I’ve been thinking lately about the role weakness plays in getting me to like a character. This came up because I was discussing Man of Steel with Mike Underwood. Now, there are any number of criticisms you can make of that film, starting with the wanton destruction of the ending and proceeding backward through the […]


haven’t been around on My Day At SFNovelists very regularly. My bad, I apologise. I have the 5th of the month, and I should really keep up with this. But every so often one gets ambushed by other stuff at a crucial moment, crises intervene, life happens. or (yes it happens occasionally) you just hit […]

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James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. 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.

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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