June 10, 2013
Today’s post can be found at
, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “Special Guest: Will McIntosh, On Choosing a Title for Your Novel” It is written by my friend, Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh, who has a new book out tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it.
The Summer 2013 THIEVES’ QUARRY Blog Tour continues today with part II of my post on “Blending History and Fantasy.” Writing as D. B. Jackson, I began the post yesterday and in this new installment build on the discussion with an excerpt from THIEVES’ QUARRY. You can find the post at the blog of Brandy Schillace. (Part I posted yesterday; you can find a link to that first installment at the site for part II.)
The Summer 2013 THIEVES’ QUARRY Blog Tour, continues today with a post, written as D.B. Jackson, on blending history and fiction at The Fiction Reboot, Brandy Schillace’s blog on all things writing! The post, which is called “‘Warp and Weft’: Blending History and Fantasy,” will be posted in two parts; part two will go up on the site tomorrow. To see today’s installment, go here. Enjoy!
Today I kick off the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour with a post and a Thieftaker t-shirt giveaway. The post can be found at
, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. In addition to the t-shirt giveaway, the post also offers a small post-mortem on ConCarolinas, and a discussion of the writing of sequels. It’s called “Potpourri: ConCarolinas Recap, Launching the Blog Tour With a Giveaway, and a Bit About Sequels” So come by and help me kick off this year’s virtual tour. Maybe you’ll win a t-shirt. I hope you enjoy the post.
May 20, 2013
Today’s post can be found at
, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Creativity: Narrative, Fiction, and Life” It is a special post, written on a very special day in my life. I hope you enjoy it.
Today’s post can be found at
, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Writing and Creativity: Who Are Our Characters?” In it I discuss the work I do to give my characters personalities, emotions, and even opinions that are unique, and not at all my own. I hope you enjoy the post.
May 6, 2013
Tomorrow, May 7, my good friend Stephen Leigh is coming out with a new book. All right, actually he is coming out with an old book, but chances are it’s new to you. Stephen has been writing professionally since 1975 — I think he sold his first story when he was, like eight years old. And he has been producing thoughtful, elegant fiction ever since.
In 1981, he published the first book of his ‘Neweden’ Trilogy, SLOW FALL TO DAWN. It was followed by DANCE OF THE HAG (1983) and A QUIET OF STONE (1984). These three books are now being reissued by DAW in an omnibus called ASSASSINS’ DAWN. Briefly, the series is about a guild of “ethical assassins” on a world called Neweden, where assassinations and violence are tolerated. One of the assassins wishes to expand the guild’s reach to other worlds where its peculiar practices might not be so welcome. For more, please check out Steve’s site.
I should add that Steve is not only a marvelous writer, but is also one of the finest people I have ever met. I hope that you’ll check out his “new” old books. And while you’re at it, you might want to check out some of his more recent work as well. Thanks.
I grew up just outside of New York City. I was a Yankees fan, a Knicks fan, a Rangers fan, a Giants fan. And, as a loyal New Yorker, I have spent much of my life rooting against teams from Boston — the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins (the Patriots too, but they haven’t really been the Boston Patriots since I was a little kid).
On the other hand, I lived for several years in Providence and all of my siblings lived for at least some time in the Boston area. So, while I grew up hating Boston’s teams, I have always loved the city of Boston. When it came time to set my Thieftaker books in a Colonial era city, Boston seemed the logical choice.
The terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon venue left me stunned and grieving, not only for the victims most affected by the bombings, but for the entire city. I still recall my sense of outrage, of violation when my beloved New York was attacked in 2001. I know what the people of Boston are feeling.
And so, it is with deepest sympathy and love and solidarity that transcends lifelong sporting rivalries that I embark on a fundraiser and giveaway to do my small part in helping Boston get back on its feet. Through a website called First Giving, I am hosting a fundraising event the goal of which is to raise $5,000.00 by July 2 (the release date for THIEVES’ QUARRY, and for the paperback reprint of THIEFTAKER) for the Boston Foundation and the One Fund of Boston. If you will help me raise the funds, I’ll make it interesting for you. Here’s how it works:
For each fundraising milestone we reach, I will be giving away prizes to lucky donors.
– When we reach $1000 raised, I will give away one signed uncorrected manuscript of THIEFTAKER. This is a collector’s item — a copy of the manuscript that was sent out to other authors who were asked to blurb the book before its release in 2012.
– When we reach $2000, I will give away one Boston Thieftaker’s Guild t-shirt in whatever size the winner wants. The t-shirt can be signed if the winner would like it to be.
– When we reach $3000, I will give away one signed paperback edition of THIEFTAKER. (This book comes out on July 2, so the giveaway will happen then.)
– When we reach $4000, I will give away one signed hardcover edition of THIEVES’ QUARRY. (This book will also be available on July 2 and will be given away then.)
– When we reach $5000, I will give away a second signed paperback of THIEFTAKER and a second signed hardcover of THIEVES’ QUARRY to one lucky donor. (Also to be given away on July 2.)
The donation site can be found here:
I hope you will join me in reaching out to the people of Boston, and doing our part to speed the healing process. And I hope that you’re one of the luck winners.