Jenna Black, another of my friends from has just released her latest book, HUNGERS OF THE HEART, a paranormal romance from Tor Books.  Jenna is a terrific writer and has lots of interesting stuff to say about the writing process and her approach to her craft.  Enjoy!

1)What was your inspiration for writing HUNGERS OF THE HEART?

Since the first book of the Guardians of the Night series, I’ve always known I would eventually write Drake’s book. Many of my readers have also impatiently been awaiting his book since they first “met” him in WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT. As excited as I was to write his story, though, it turned out to be very hard to do. One of the most attractive things about Drake in WATCHERS was his self-confidence, the sense that he was comfortable in his own skin. Confident, comfortable characters, however, don’t make for interesting protagonists, so I had to shake him up. I found myself strangely reluctant to do so. That was the first time I had to struggle to make myself be mean to one of my characters. Usually authorial cruelty comes easily to me, as my readers no doubt know!

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Tate Hallaway is the best selling alias of award-winning fantasy/science fiction author Lyda Morehouse.  I met Lyda at a WorldCon several years back — she moderated a panel I was on and did a wonderful job.  She’s got a great sense of humor and is an insightful and articulate student of the genre.  Our paths haven’t crossed since then, but she’s one of my sfnovelists buddies, and she has a new book coming out under Tate’s name.  Her new book, ROMANCING THE DEAD, will be released on May 6, 2008.
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Today’s post, “Career Restlessness,” can be found at  Check it out, and enjoy!

Home From RavenCon

April 27, 2008

Road weary.  Long day of driving.  

But I had a great weekend at RavenCon, catching up with old friends — Ed Schubert, Jana Oliver, Jagi Lamplighter, John Wright, Tony Ruggiero, Stephen Cobb, Dennis Danvers, Kelly Lockhart, Michael Pederson, Allen Wold, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike Kabongo, Jan Finder, Stuart Jaffe, Steve White — and making some new ones — Gail Martin, Jeri Smith-Ready, Bryan Prindiville, J.T. Glover, Philip McCall, James Maxey, Jean Marie Ward.

Good panels, some VERY fun Koffeeklatches (minus the Koffee, plus the alcohol….), and a few excellent room parties.

It’s nice to be home, but I’m also looking forward to ConCarolinas next month, LibertyCon in July, and WorldCon in August.

More BOW Award Fun

April 26, 2008

Neither cons nor hangovers nor even persistent housekeeping people shall keep today’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award from being given….

Good morning from Richmond and RavenCon.  Fun Friday night, though very busy.  I was on panels at 4:00, 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00, and moderated three out of the four.  Plus we had Opening Ceremonies at 8:00.  Today is slightly less crazy.

Without further ado…

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Musings From the Road

April 25, 2008

 Well, I’ve made it to the con hotel in Richmond — 590 miles or so.  Glad I left last night and split up the drive.  It would have been a bear to do in one day.  Of course I’ll be doing the return trip all on Sunday, so…..

Car time is great time for thinking, even if it’s thinking about nothing.  Did a lot of station surfing on the radio, listened to a lot of old music I hadn’t heard in years (Simon and Garfunkle!  Loggins and Messina!  Yikes!).

Heard the song “Mrs. Robinson” and got to thinking about great lines in rock ‘n roll lyrics.
“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you;
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away.”

The evocation of nostalgia, the brilliance of using DiMaggio’s name, which, as it turns out, is so utterly musical.  This would be in my top ten.  So would this line from Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In the Years”:

“You’ve been telling me you’re a genius since you were seventeen;
In all the time I’ve known you I still don’t know what you mean…”

What others?  Nominations?

Writing and Travels

April 24, 2008

Another good week, abbreviated though it was.  6000 words; 25 pages.  

I leave tonight for Richmond, Virginia where I’ll be attending RavenCon.  I have a panel tomorrow at 4:00 pm and I lose an hour to a time change along the way.  So it’s either leave tomorrow morning at about 5:00 am, or I get part of the drive out of the way this evening.  I don’t like waking up that early….

Tune in to tomorrow for a guest post by Alethea Kontis, Ingram buyer by day, New York Times bestselling author by night!

And, yes, I will be giving away a BOW Award on Saturday.

A Post About Teaching

April 23, 2008

Today’s post on the great high school teachers who inspired me to write, can be found at

Check it out and enjoy!

My First Progress Bar

April 22, 2008

So I got another 1,500 words today and I’m ready to begin charting my progess on this book (the third and final volume in my Blood of the Southlands trilogy) for all to see. My thanks to Karen Miller for the link that made possible what is for me a huge technological leap (how pathetic, I know).

Hey wow!!! It worked!

All right, 14% is not all that impressive. But I started just under three weeks ago, so I’m pleased.

A Writers’ Holiday

April 21, 2008

Today’s post, “A Holiday for Storytellers,” can be found at  Enjoy!