On February 7, 2017, the third and final part of The Queen of the Dead will be published. It’s longer than either Silence or Touch by about 40%. But everyone expects that from final volumes, right? >.> It also has my favorite of the three covers, all by Cliff Nielsen. *** I couldn’t choose a single chapter as a starter. I mean, I could, but I couldn’t. So there are sort of three chapters in the sample chapter, which is here.
Today, Cast in Flight officially launches. It’s available in ebook, audiobook and trade paperback. I’m a little bit behind, which I know will come as a shock to all of you. I am working on (not finished) War and the next Cast novel, which is absent a reasonable title – the working title is Cast in Treachery, but I’m not certain it works. So “Next Cast Novel” is how I will probably refer to it until I have a title that does. I kind of crashed at the end of the Summer, and had zero brain left for anything like productive writing. I always post sample chapters – but this time around, it totally fell off the table, swept out of my … Continue reading
I am sorry. I am so very late with this. I went to and returned from MidAmerican II, where Sheila Gilbert won a much deserved Hugo (Yes, of course I’m biased.) I had a wonderful time, met new readers and old readers, and did not drop the ball too badly (I think, again: bias). I read the prologue for War at my reading. Because that’s what I wanted to read >.>. The cover for Cast in Flight has been live on retailers for a while, so I am posting the full wraparound cover for those of you who want to read the back :).
This, for those of you who will be at MidAmericon II, is where you can find me during the convention. I’m really looking forward to crawling out from under a rock and seeing people :) Gateway Reading: Getting New People into Science Fiction and Fantasy Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center) So… you want to engage a reader who is new to our genre. What factors should you consider? Which books or short stories, classic or recent, make the best entry points, and which should be avoided? Michelle (Sagara) West, Don Sakers, Mrs. Jen Midkiff, Arthur Chu (M) Writing Major Minor Characters Wednesday 16:00 – 17:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center) Do you ever read a book and come across … Continue reading
When I returned from Australia, where I finally finished the final revision of Grave, I felt a little burned out. I went back to work on War, but progress there was slow. This happens sometimes when I haven’t quite emerged from a state-of-anxiety with regards to writing – and Grave was definitely that. As I’ve said before: when things are hard, I feel incompetent. When I feel incompetent, I tend to withdraw. The internet is full of bright, shiny, entertaining things – none of which I am at that particular moment. I am always at my most gregarious when the writing is going well. Something arrived at my doorstep, literally, that really helped. In the mess of deadlines, more deadlines, emergency … Continue reading