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Category Archives: Queen of the Dead

Posted in Books, DAW, Essalieyan, Queen of the Dead, writing, Miscellaneous.

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 book, which I honestly thought would be finished by now. I have not pulled … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Queen of the Dead, writing.

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 not actu­ally using them in the same way. I don’t want people who … Continue reading 

Posted in Cast, ebooks, Essalieyan, Queen of the Dead, writing.

I cannot believe it is already February. But, of course, it is.  I finished revi­sions on Cast in Flame in January, and they’ve gone back to my editor. I still have copy­edits to review (when they arrive) and AAs (the HLQ version of page proofs), and the book will be done. And I have a cover rough which I cannot share yet, which is making me cry. I will post the cover the minute I have permis­sion. Ahem. No one likes to see a grown author cry, so I will move right along. I am about a third of the way through Grave. I admit that I have avoided looking at any reviews what­so­ever for Touch, because I am still smarting from the writing part of it. Except for the Tor​.com review, because one … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, Essalieyan, grovelling apology, Queen of the Dead.

In the Touch thread, Hanneke asked a ques­tion which I’d like to answer here: I’ve been looking for it on Kobo every few days, and it hasn’t shown up yet, two-and-a-half weeks after publi­ca­tion day. Should I prac­tise my patience a bit longer, or is this long enough to guess that someone at the publisher forgot to tick the ‘avail­able to buy in the rest of the world’-box at distri­b­u­tion, or forgot to send it to Kobo, and send them an e‑mail? If so, do you happen to have a name or an e‑mail address for the publisher, where I could send my ques­tion? The short answer is: No. If you picked up Silence from Kobo, and you do not live in North America, or … Continue reading 

Posted in Audio books, DAW, ebooks, Queen of the Dead.

In theory, release day for Touch was the 7th of January. I say in theory because this only applies if you are not North of the border. We still don’t have copies at the store. But! The book has begun to make its appear­ances on book­shelves in the wild! So I am posting this a little bit late >.>. Touch is avail­able. I’ve added links for the audio­book and the ebook (the inac­tive links are Kobo and Google, but I’m certain it will prop­a­gate out to both). In a week or so, I’ll post a more active spoiler thread — but this isn’t it :). Someone on face­book (whose name is Joey) posted pictures of Touch. I actu­ally haven’t seen the finished book yet (I may have mentioned that it hasn’t arrived … Continue reading