Today, Grave is officially out in the wild. Book Three of The Queen of the Dead, it’s available in hardcover. I’m both nervous and excited because the series is finished with this book. Grave is longer, by about 55k words, than either Silence or Touch. But everyone expects the last book to be longer, right? I went into the store and signed the copies that arrived, and I’ve stubbed my toe on the boxes in the hall (author’s copies – I swear stubbing my toes on a box is how I know a book is real). I can sign/dedicate books if you order them through the store – but as we’re not amazon, the postage is not cheap =/. The Audio book, narrated … Continue reading
Category Archives: Queen of the Dead
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.
I am writing this from Brisbane, in its variant of winter—which is kind of like early Fall in Toronto, but with an astonishing clarity of sky. It is the perfect weather for walking—it’s very slightly cool, but not so much that a jacket or sweater is required. I’m writing, instead, but on the balcony. I’ve finished Oracle. Or rather, I’ve finished the draft. I am hoping to lose about 20k words, starting from page one, because at the moment it is the longest of the House War books, hands down. But: thirty-one chapters, one prologue, one epilogue. Which means I have started today on Grave. Again, and have finally (late, because arg) started Cast in Honor. Because one book has to be going … Continue reading
I will start with happy news first: I’m not a fabulous photographer >.>. I couldn’t make to to the RT convention, but they mailed the award, and I received it yesterday (I had it sent to the bookstore because someone is always there during the day). At the moment, it is sitting beside my computer, along with the birthday card I received from DAW (which would be: Sheila Gilbert, Betsy Wolheim, Joshua Starr, Katie Hoffman, and Briar (whose last name I can’t find >.>). This is all good, because: I have – for entirely different reasons, jettisoned the 55k words of Grave, and started it again. And then again. And then again. So: I am working, and have been working, on this … Continue reading
A while ago, I said I would discuss Touch, and why it was the book from hell, for me. So, this is that post, and if you are not interested in the nuts and bolts of it, I urge you to close the browser window, because: long. —— I don’t talk as much about the process of writing here as I do in real life. I don’t think it would be possible – I think my fingers would fall off first. But in part I don’t write about it often because I am very, very aware that no two writers work the same way. Ever. Even when I’m talking with another writer and we’re using the same process words, we’re … Continue reading