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A Quick Guide to Making the Most of Conventions

A week from now, two of the biggest conventions in American speculative fiction will begin.  WorldCon opens in San Antonio on Thursday, August 29, and runs through Monday, September 2.  The next day, DragonCon opens in Atlanta; it also runs through Monday.  Both are huge events — DragonCon attracts a much larger crowd, but WorldCon […]

‘Tis the Season

We’ve reached that point in the year, when everyone is rushing about hither and yon, when we scarcely have time to breathe, much less to write well-reasoned blog posts and/or comments.  Therefore, I’ll keep this post short and sweet, and I’ll ask a single question: What speculative-fictional gifts are you hoping to give or receive […]

Read This Post! And Other Effective Titles

I led a writers’ workshop up in Calgary last week (Waves at IFWA members — Hi, guys!) and had a terrific time.  I worked with serious writers who were as committed to being good critics of their colleagues’ work as they were to improving their own writing.  I learned as much from them as I […]

And So It Goes

Have you ever noticed how when the shit of your life hits the fan, that everything else in the world keeps going? Other people’s lives don’t stop and drop everything because yours does? I’m reminded of this now, as the my proverbial fan whirls. As I write this, I’m getting ready for an unexpected surgery […]

Book Cover Design 101: Unleashing the Monster

Authors are capricious gods. We’re always interfering in the lives of our characters. We hate it when life’s too easy for them. We crave conflict and struggle and whenever the momentum sags, we think: what can I do to really inconvenience my characters? Some authors send for the ex-boyfriend that the heroine never really got […]

BURNING SKIES launch interview

Next up we’ve got David J. Williams, author of BURNING SKIES, now out from Bantam! Q:  So what’s BURNING SKIES? A:  The follow-up to last year’s MIRRORED HEAVENS—the second book in the Autumn Rain trilogy. Q:  So I gotta read MIRRORED HEAVENS first? A:  Your call.   I wrote BURNING SKIES so that you can leap […]

MythOS Launch Interview

We’re talking today with Kelly McCullough about MythOS, his new book in the Ravirn Series that’s out today. Q: New book? A: Yes indeed. Q: What and why? A: Cyber-fantasy with hacking as sorcery…again. It is book IV. And, because they pay me of course. No, that’s not really it. Well not all of it, […]

For Whom Do We Write?

I finished a novel a couple of weeks ago.  It’s the first book in a new series that I’ve yet to sell to a publisher.  I love this book.  I think it may be the best thing I’ve ever written, and I have ideas for subsequent books in the series — all of them stand-alone […]

Awards and Ebooks

This month I’m posting two topics for the price of one. Bargain! First, ebooks. For the past eight months my first novel has been available as a free download via my website, an experiment which my (fabulous, progressive) publisher agreed to participate in. (40,000 downloads and counting.) I’ve blogged about the reasons for the freebie […]

Call me nobody–a blog post of parenthetical asides

Anybody remember that western flick where the main character was named Nobody? Terence Hill plays Nobody and it also stars Henry Fonda and is directed by Sergio Leone. Here’s a link if you want to know more.  It’s a good movie and worth watching, but now I’m going to stop talking about it so that […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Chris Dolley

Chris Dolley is an English author of SF mysteries and fun urban fantasies, a pioneer computer games designer, and the man who convinced the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. His novel Resonance (2005, Baen) was the first book to be plucked from Baen’s electronic slush pile. He now lives in France with his wife, a dolmen, and a frightening collection of animals. His memoir French Fried (2010, BVC) has just been released. Visit site.

David J. Williams

Descended from Australian convicts, David J. Williams nonetheless managed to be born in Hertfordshire, England, and subsequently moved to Washington D.C. just in time for Nixon’s impeachment. Graduating from Yale with a degree in history some time later, he narrowly escaped the life of a graduate student and ended up doing time in Corporate America, which drove him so crazy he started moonlighting on video games and (as he got even crazier) novels. The Autumn Rain trilogy sold to Bantam in the summer of 2007; the release of THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT completes the series. 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.

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.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. 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.

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