I have spent the last day doing my taxes (in Canada, the deadline is the end of April. Except apparently when that falls on a weekend, in which case it’s the first Monday after the 30th). But, I have bits and pieces of news. My new editor is Leah Mol, new to the Mira team. Like me, she’s a Torontonian, so I got to meet her in person. I am feeling vastly more comfortable now. First: I have been invited to be a Guest of Honor at the UK’s Eastercon in 2024, which will take place in Telford, between the 29th of March and the 1st of April. Second: The audiobook for Riven Shield is now available. It’s narrated by Eva Wilhelm, as all the West novels are, and (some) of … Continue reading
I try to put these up a week after a book has been released, but I was so focused on trying to finish Cast in Eternity that this did not happen. So, late, but: this is a discussion thread meant entirely for people who are not me to discuss Sword & Shadow. As the title suggests, it’s a spoiler thread, and while I ask people not to spoil a book in the main publication day thread, I’m obviously not going to ask people not to spoil things in this one :). DO NOT READ if you haven’t read the book, unless you don’t mind spoilers.
Well, I had hoped to have good news — and may have good news in the not too distant future — but. I mentioned that a miscommunication meant that my deadline had been shortened, and spent all of February pushing to write more words than I normally write. Towards the end of February, my brain … ran out of good words, and so I had garbage words and had to go back and uproot and revise while looking at looming deadline approaching like – as I mentioned – a train, while I was on the tracks. It’s why I can’t generally write faster. I can do it for desperate, emergencies, but I can’t continue at that pace because I run out of good words, and I have to then take time away from writing for that well to refill — so on … Continue reading
It’s pub day for Sword and Shadow, the second of the Severn novels! Links to various retailers are on the book page on the link above :). If you find the book in the wild, send me a picture! (Forbidden Planet in the UK has signed copies — by book plate. BakkaPhoenix, the store at which I still work part-time, will have signed books, but if you want the book personalized, it’s easier for me to do that because I’m in the store weekly.) I am being crushed by a deadline that is looming like a locomotive toward a person tied to the tracks, but this is the part that makes it worthwhile – knowing that I’ll finish and I’ll have a book out that I can finally share with people.
As Elizabeth G reminded me in my last State of the Author post, it is in fact January, which is the month before February, which is the publication month for Sword and Shadow. While I knew on some level it was January, the lead in to February, I … somehow failed to make the connection >.<. I therefore have a first chapter and an updated home page. The first chapter can be found here (although all preview chapters are also linked to their individual book/bibliography pages, for future reference). And now I will crawl back under my rock, taking my laptop with me because deadlines are tighter than I thought they were by about a month, which is still doable, but. I swear my brain has become jello during … Continue reading