FanLit Asks

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FanLit Asks: December 11, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


Got any personal news you'd like to share?
 

L.E. Modesitt Jr.: I've just turned in the last novel about Quaeryt (Rex Regis) in that subseries of THE IMAGER PORTFOLIO, which will make five books about him -- Scholar, Princeps, Imager's Battalion (release date of January 22nd), Antiagon Fire (release scheduled for July 2013), and, of course, Rex Regis (not yet scheduled). Also, I've got a stand-alone SF novel -- The One-Eyed Man -- coming out a year from now.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: For the... Read More

FanLit Asks: December 4, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


What are you working on these days?


Morgan Keyes (Mindy Klasky): I just finished the sequel to Darkbeast, which is tentatively called Darkbeast Rebellion. (It should be in stores about a year from now.) Next up, I'm working on a totally new fantasy series, about a boy born without magic in a society where everyone else has special powers.

Stephen Deas: Edits to my next dragon book and the first draft of the one after. Other things I can't talk about just yet, but I can say that I'm putting ideas together for a collaborative Space Opera series.

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FanLit Asks: November 27, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


Got any news to share?
Alma Alexander: Short stories all over the place -- I have stories in the anthologies Dark Faith: Invocations, Scheherazade's Facade, and Airships and Automatons, all either coming o... Read More

FanLit Asks: November 20, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Ken Scholes: I do... I recently turned in Requiem, volume 4 of the PSALMS OF ISAAK, and it will be out from Tor Books in June 2013.  And I've just recently taken the plunge to become a full time writer.

Pati Nagle: This summer my first mystery novel was published! Written under the pen name Patrice Greenwood, it's set in a tearoom in Santa Fe so it combines two of my great loves, tea and New Mexico. A Fatal Twist Of Lemon is available in print and as an ebook from Evennight Books and Book V... Read More

FanLit Asks: November 13, 2012

We recently asked a few of your favorite authors to recommend some books they've recently enjoyed.

Gail Carriger: I grew up reading Mercedes Lackey's VALDEMAR books but I only recently discovered that she's been editing and producing an ongoing series of anthologies set in the same universe. I've been slowly making my way through all 7 of these books. Since I've limited time, it's nice to read something that isn't a major commitment. It's snack-size reading, just one short story whenever I'm able. Many of them feature on-going characters and I'm a particular fan of Sarah A. Hoyt and Kate Paulk's Ree & Jem whose journey starts in the third anthology, Crossroads.

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FanLit Asks: November 6, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Jesse Bullington: My third novel, The Folly of the World, will be released by Orbit on December 18th. I'm really excited about this one, which is more of a late medieval crime novel with some weird flourishes than a straight-up fantasy along the lines of my first two projects.

Rachel Aaron: My final ELI MONPRESS novel, Spirit's End, comes out November 20! This the conclusion to the series, and I think readers are really going to like it. At least, I hope readers are going to like it, otherwise December is going to be a rough month of angry emails!




What are you working on these days?

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FanLit Asks: October 23, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Morgan Keyes (Mindy Klasky)Darkbeast hit stores on August 28 -- it's a traditional middle grade fantasy novel about a girl who has to choose between saving her best friend (a raven) and following the religious expectations of her people. I'll be making a number of personal appearances (check out my website -- and I am always happy to make school visits (in person, if close enough, or by Skype.)


Michael J. Sullivan: I'm pleased to announce that I'll have a new series coming out from Orbit called THE RIYRIA CHRONICLES. These will be prequels that explore how Royce and Hadrian first met an... Read More

FanLit Asks: October 16, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


Got any news to share?
 
Stephen Deas: The Black Mausoleum came out in August and The King's Assassin will hit the shelves in a couple of days.

Bradley Beaulieu: I'm headed to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto, Canada at the end of this month. I'll be doing a reading there, and there's also the mass autograph signing, so if anyone happens to be there, please stop by and say hello. I'd love to see you.



Laura Bickle: My first YA novel, The Hallowed Ones, was r... Read More

FanLit Asks: October 9, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Gail Carriger: I'll be at the Nimrod Conference for Readers & Writers in Tulsa, OK October 26-27. And the National Council of Teachers of English convention in Las Vegas, NV November 17-18.

Alex Bledsoe: I'll be a guest of honor at HalCon in Halifax, Nova Scotia this October 26-28. My third FIREFLY WITCH three-story chapbook, Back Atcha, is now available. My short story "Sprig" will be in an upcoming issue of Apex. I'll have a Christmas collection of three stories, including a TU... Read More

FanLit Asks: October 2, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Steven R. Boyett: I'm excited that I will be reading at the opening weekend of San Francisco's massive Litquake festival, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-3 PM. I usually record these things, so it will be on the media page of my blog soon afterward. In my mortal guise I'm also a semi-famous DJ, and I'm also hugely stoked that I'll be DJing the Litquake/Litcrawl closing party at  Read More

FanLit Asks: September 11, 2012

Five of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any personal news to share?
Sarah Beth DurstMy next YA novel, Vessel, comes out from Simon & Schuster/McElderry today. It's about a girl who lives in a harsh desert land and is destined to sacrifice herself so her clan's goddess can inhabit her body... but her goddess never comes. It recently received a starred review in Kirkus. (Yay!) Also, I sold three new books! They're my first books for adults: The Lost, The Missing, and The Found, and I'm really excited about them. Also recently, a bunch people in California parked a car on Mars, took some photos, and send them back, which I'm claiming as personal news because I stayed up late to watch it. Actually, I think Curiosity on Mars counts a... Read More

FanLit Asks: September 4, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
What are you working on these days?
Taylor Anderson: Well, I'm hard at work on the next DESTROYERMEN novel already, and as usual, I'm enjoying that a lot. If people get half as much fun out of reading my books as I get out of writing them, I figure I'm way ahead. Otherwise, I've been coordinating with the US Veteran's Museum in Granbury, TX., trying to put together some really interesting activities.

Elizabeth Hand: I'm working on Wylding Hall, a contemporary gothic YA novel that riffs on Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca.

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FanLit Asks: August 28, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any personal news to share?
Ian Tregillis: This is shaping up to be a busy summer for me. In June, I submitted my fourth novel (Something More Than Night) to Tor.  In July, my first novel (Bitter Seeds) debuted in the UK, and a week later my second novel (The Coldest War) came out here in the US. And I just finished reviewing the copyedits for my third novel (Necessary Evil). I'm attending two conventions in August. Bubonicon in Albuquerque (yes, New Mexico's local convention is named after the bubonic plague!) and Worldcon in Chicago.



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FanLit Asks: July 24, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any personal news to share?
Chaz Brenchley: Hee. Ordinarily I spend my time trying to persuade people that the actual physical day-to-day life of a writer is the dullest thing imaginable (“I sit at a desk and drive a keyboard; I’ve been doing it thirty-five years; my cats lead much more interesting lives than I do; may I tell you about my cats?”) -- but as it happens, I do have personal news. I got married, and moved five thousand miles to a whole new continent. Where the sun shines. A lot. I have ripening chillies in the garden! (And the cats’ lives are still more interesting than mine, or will be once we let them outside...) So, yeah. Newcastle novelist moves to California and gets married, shock horror. My friends are still reeling. So am I... In other news: my own most re... Read More

FanLit Asks: July 10, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
What are you working on these days?
Mark Lawrence: When not using MS Paint to draw mice and not at work pushing back the frontiers of science (sometimes in the right direction), and not looking after my youngest daughter... I'm writing a book called Gunlaw that's a strange fusion of gunslinger fantasy and sci-fi.

Anne Ursu: I'm in the middle of a new book. It's my first high fantasy, and I'm both intimidated and thrilled by the challenges that poses. Right now, mostly intimidated.
Read any good books lately?
James Barclay: Well, leaving aside anything I’ve read on the BFS shortlists, then ... Read More

FanLit Asks: July 3, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
J.A. Pitts: Forged in Fire was just released from Tor. I'm currently on my book tour in San Diego and San Francisco. I have more events planned in the next month which can be found on my website under appearances.

James Barclay: I’m on the jury for this year’s British Fantasy Awards which is an honour and a privilege -- there is so much quality on the shortlists this year and I’m really buzzed about reading it all though picking the winners is going to be a tough job. I’ll be at FantasyCon 2012 in Brighton for the whole weekend -- that’s Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September. Read More

FanLit Asks: June 19, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
Anne Ursu: I'm really excited to be in the latest Guys Read anthology, edited by Jon Scieszka. This one is devoted to sports stories, and in my other life I am a baseball fanatic, so it was a lot of fun.

Lauren Beukes: I've just finished my time-traveling serial killer, The Shining Girls, which is due out in 2013. It's been crazily fun to write with three different timelines interweaving each other, although I'm officially sick of killing people.
What are you working on these days?
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FanLit Asks: June 12, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
Jennifer Armintrout: I'm very excited to be working with Resplendence Publishing on a series of shape-shifter romances centered around a clan of werewolves in an alternate fourteenth century England. My hope is to continue with these in several different time periods, all with wolves from the same clan.

Steven R. Boyett: I just finished my first unsolicited short piece in over a decade, a novelette called "Hard Silver." I'm stoked that Bill Schafer picked it up for his wonderful Subterranean (pub date not yet set). It was liberating to write something just... Read More

FanLit Asks: June 5, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
Laura Bickle / Alayna Williams: My first YA novel, The Hallowed Ones, will be released by HMH Graphia on September 25. Pitched as Witness meets 28 Days Later, The Hallowed Ones is a paranormal thriller in which Amish girl must protect her family from a violent contagion, even as fear and denial threaten to erode her community from within.

Mark Lawrence: Why yes I have! My daughter (age 8 and severely disabled) wrote a book that's out-selling my own in the US! It's a picture book and she used a head-switch and communication device to guide the pl... Read More

FanLit Asks: May 29, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?

Pip Ballantine: Well, The Janus Affair, the second book in the MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES series, is out today! Then Hunter and Fox, a totally new epic fantasy book I have with Pyr Books is out in June, and THEN in September the third BOOK OF THE ORDER is coming out from Ace, that's called Wrayth. Also around this time, Tee Morris (who I found time to marry recently) and I will be attending Balticon, Blogworld and later in the year Read More

FanLit Asks: May 22, 2012

We recently asked some of your favorite speculative fiction authors about what they're currently working on. Here's what they had to say:

Rachel Aaron: I'm signed up to write a new series! Unfortunately I can't get into details yet, but it's going to be very different from ELI MOONPRESS, though hopefully no less awesome.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: Now that the ETERNAL CYCLE trilogy has been wrapped up I'm working on a number of anthologies for 2013. Three are to be published by Dark Quest Books: Best Laid Plans (Book 5 in the DEFENDING THE FUTURE anthology series), Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales, and Eternal Flame Read More

FanLit Asks: May 15, 2012

We recently asked some of your favorite speculative fiction authors to share some news (recent publications, honors, book signings, personal accomplishments, etc.) with us. Here's what they had to say:

Rachel Aaron: 2012 has been a really exciting year for me! In February, Orbit released an omnibus edition of my first three books with some really fantastic new cover art, and in June, the long awaited fourth ELI MOONPRESS book, The Spirit War comes out! The series will end with the fifth and final book, Spirit's End, which comes out in November 2012 (and has an amazing cover).

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: I'm happy to announce that after over a decade since the original public... Read More

FanLit Asks: Why dragons?

I have spent many enjoyable hours perusing deviantART and have been known to purchase books of dragon art for my coffee tables. So, when I heard about DragonWorld, a fantasy art book that showcases 120 dragons from 49 international deviantART artists, I wanted one! I had a chance to look at a complete digital copy and am quite impressed with the quality of the art -- it's gorgeous. My husband and kids loved it, too. There are many styles represented -- some frightening, some funny, some quirky -- and I'm certain that we'll be seeing some of these upcoming artists' work on future fantasy book covers.

I wanted to know why these artists love to create dragons, so I asked... Read More

FanLit Asks: Why are you kicking yourself?

Instead of asking one author several questions, we’ve asked several authors just one question. Please leave a comment or suggest a question for us to ask in the future. We’ll choose one commenter to win a copy of Jesse Bullington's The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart on audio CDs (or, if you've got bad taste, something else from our stacks).

Question: Which speculative fiction character created by another author are you kicking yourself for not dreaming up first?

Rachel Aaron: I'm going to have to go with Killashandra from Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer books. The whole series was pretty cheesy... Read More

FanLit Asks… About Style (Part 2)

Here's another installment of FanLit Asks. Instead of asking one author several questions, we’ve asked several authors just one question. Please leave a comment or suggest a question for us to ask in the future. We’ll choose one commenter to win a copy of Jack Vance's The Eyes of the Overworld(one of my favorites!) on audio CDs (or, if you've got bad taste, something else from our stacks).

Question: Which speculative fiction writer has had the greatest influence on your own writing style and what, specifically, do you find most inspirational about that writer’s style?

Alex Bell: Definitely Terry Pratchett. His Discworld novels got me... Read More