November 4, 2013
Today’s post is up at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness and several other wonderful writers. The post is called “On Writing: Creative Intersections–Point of View and Dialog”. It’s a follow-up to a post I wrote a few weeks ago about the ways in which staying true to Point of View can help us address so many of the problems that come up when we write. As the title implies, this time around I am looking at ways in which POV can strengthen our use of dialog in stories and books. I hope you enjoy it.
July 3, 2013
The first post is actually a short story that I co-wrote with my writing BFF and Magical Words co-founder, Faith Hunter. The story can be found at Faith’s website. It features Ethan Kaille, the hero of the Thieftaker books, and Jane Yellowrock, the star of Faith’s bestselling series, and we’re thinking very seriously of expanding it into a novella. So check it out, and stay tuned!
The second post is actually one that was originally scheduled to go up yesterday, before life intervened. But I finally have a post up at the blog of my wonderful friend Mary Robinette Kowal, writing about “My Favorite Bit” in Thieves’ Quarry. “My Favorite Bit” is a feature she has been running on her site for some time now, and it was a fun post to write.
My terrific agent, Lucienne Diver is also hosting me on her site, where I am writing about writing historical fiction and using point of view to reinforce my setting. For those interested in the craft of writing, this should be a really interesting discussion; hope to see you there.
And finally, I am interviewed today by the fabulous Drey at Drey’s Library. I’ll be the featured author for July at the site, so this is just the first of several appearances I’ll be doing there over the next several weeks.
The Day After Release Day, and I’m still going strong. Thanks for sharing another day with me!
June 10, 2013
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, 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.
April 1, 2013
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, 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: Short Fiction and Worldbuilding.” It’s about the differences between setting a short story in a world that you’ve already established for novels, and setting it in a new universe created just for that story. I hope you enjoy it.
March 18, 2013
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, 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: Why I Love Writing Short Fiction.” It’s about the different approaches I take to writing short stories and novels. I hope you enjoy it.
October 24, 2012
Today’s post is up at the blogsite of Lucienne Diver, my wonderful agent, who is also a terrific writer in her own right. This post is a little different than others I’ve written recently. It’s a fictional vignette in which Ethan Kaille, the hero of the Thieftaker books, visits his rival and nemesis, the lovely and deadly Sephira Pryce. She wants something from Ethan — of course — and he is not willing to give it to her. Check out what happens here.
June 26, 2012
Today the Summer 2012 THIEFTAKER Blog Tour makes two stops, one at the blog of the fabulous and debonaire Blake Charlton, where I talk about my journey from academia to fiction writing; and the other at Sideshow Freaks, the blog for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, where I discuss the role short fiction has played in my development of the Thieftaker world. Both blogs allow readers to leave comments, so please stop by, read the posts, and join the conversation. Many thanks!
June 19, 2012
The D.B. Jackson Summer 2012 THIEFTAKER Blog Tour is now fully underway. Yesterday I wrote about “What Authors of Historical Fiction Owe to History” at “A Dribble of Ink,” the wonderful blog site of Aidan Moher. Today the tour continues with a post I’ve written for the blog of my friend Barbara Ashford, a terrific writer with whom I share not only a passion for history, but also personal roots in the New York area. Barbara writes as both Barbara Ashford and Barbara Campbell, and so my post, which is on blending fantasy with history, can be found here or here.
I hope you enjoy both posts.
June 13, 2012
“A Spell of Vengeance,” the newest Thieftaker short story is now out and available at Tor. com. Just click here. There is no charge to read the story. That’s right: It’s free!
Here is the introduction to the story that appears at the Tor website:
Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker in Colonial Boston, scratching out a living by restoring stolen property to its rightful owners. But unlike others in his profession, Ethan relies on magical spells as well as his wits to track down thieves. Being a conjurer doesn’t make him popular with the law in Boston, so Ethan is taken aback when the sheriff seeks his help in settling a dispute between a pair of wealthy merchants and a ship’s captain who has threatened their lives. Ethan knows the captain can back up his threats with magic of his own. But there is more to this matter than the merchants have let on, and Ethan soon discovers that what he doesn’t know might actually kill him.
The illustration from the story was done by the wonderful Chris McGrath, the same artist who did the jacket art for Thieftaker.
I hope you will check out the story, and, of course, I hope you enjoy it!
May 11, 2012
So, I have a short story that I’ve written under the D.B. Jackson pseudonym, and I intend to make it available soon on the D.B. Jackson website as a .pdf (as I have other stories, as well as sample chapters from the books). But I am also interested in possibly creating a podcast of me doing a reading of the story. I have a microphone that I use for music, and I know that I can record myself in Garage Band. But I don’t know what to do after that. Do I have to put it up on iTunes as a podcast? Can I simply make the file available as a download on the website, just as I would the .pdf? Any feedback/advice would be most appreciated.