July 23, 2014
I was on the road yesterday, driving home from North Carolina after a fun and successful signing tour that began with a book launch party at ConGregate in Winston-Salem, and then took me to Rock Hill, SC, Gastonia, NC, Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC. Along the way I reconnected with old friends, and met some new ones. It was a great trip.
But I did miss out on telling you all about yesterday’s stops on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour. So let me tell you about those, as well as about today’s stops. Yesterday I was the blog of my good friend Stephen Leigh, with a post about minor characters who assert themselves and become major characters. The post can be found here.
And finally, but definitely not least, I also have a post up at SFNovelists that touches on the best part of my recent signing tour: the fact that I was accompanied, at least for some of it, by my fifteen year-old daughter. That post is called “Notes from the Road: The Shared Journey,” and you can find it here.
I hope you enjoy them all.
July 16, 2014
Another day on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, another couple of posts. Today, I’m visiting another writer friend, Alyx Dellamonica, with a post about the things I read as a child. It was a fun post to write — a chance to reminisce. You can find the post here. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m also back at Drey’s Library, where I am the featured author for July. Today’s post is about building the relationship between Ethan Kaille, the conjuring, thieftaking hero of my Thieftaker books, and Sephira Pryce, his beautiful and deadly rival and nemesis. That post can be found here. And while you’re at Drey’s Library be sure to enter the contest to win a free signed copy of the newest Thieftaker novel, A Plunder of Souls!
July 8, 2014
Today is release day for A Plunder of Souls!! So go ye forth and buy the book — in book format, as an audio book from Audible, or as an e-book. Or as more than one of those!!
The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour makes several stops today to mark the release. I’m at Magical Words with a post about character development, specifically Ethan’s interactions with Sephira Pryce. That post can be found here.
I’m also at the blog of my friend Mary Robinette Kowal with a post about “My Favorite Bit” — the part of the new book that I love the most. It’s a feature Mary does on her blog with lots of authors and it really is a fun post. That one is here.
I hope you enjoy all the posts, and I really would be grateful if you went out and got yourself a copy of A Plunder of Souls. If you haven’t yet read the other Thieftaker books, that’s okay. Bookstores sell those, too . . .
February 19, 2014
Today, I am back at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, writing about creating characters, and celebrating the release of the newest Thieftaker short story, “The Price of Doing Business.” The story can be found today at Tor.com. It is about Ethan Kaille’s first encounter with the lovely and deadly Sephira Pryce, who would become his rival in thieftaking and his arch nemesis. The post can be found here. I hope that you will check out both the story and the post, and I hope that you enjoy them both.
February 12, 2014
After about a six-week hiatus from posting, I am back at Magical Words, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and continue to maintain with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey. Today’s post is about plotting and pantsing, and the ways in which the nature of the book itself can dictate the best approach to take. It is called, “The Plotter Goes Pantsing: The Relationship Between Process and Product.”
I have spent the past several weeks finishing one book, revising another, and writing the early chapters of a third. For the last few days I’ve been proofreading the galleys for yet another novel, A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book. Busy times, but as any writer will tell you, busy is good. It’s nice, though, to be posting again, and I hope that this marks the first of more posts to come in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s essay.
October 14, 2013
“…Point of view is the nexus of character and narrative; it is the place where our character arcs and our story arcs come together. It is how we inject emotion and meaning into our plot points. But what struck me so forcefully at this summer’s conventions and writing workshop, is that POV is also the answer to so many problems that we run into as writers when working on a novel.”
Check out the post to read more!
August 26, 2013
Today the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain, as David B. Coe, with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, James Tuck, and Mindy Klasky, among others. Today’s post coincides with the dropping off of my oldest child at college for her freshman year. So it is called “Grist For the Mill: Emotion and Creativity,” and it is about using personal experience and emotion and memory to strengthen the emotional content of our books and stories. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope to see many of you at DragonCon later this week!
Today is a very special day on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour. I am at Bitten By Books for an all-day book launch and giveaway. Actually, I’m not there — Sephira Pryce is. For those of you who don’t know, Sephira is the nemesis of my hero, Ethan Kaille, in the Thieftaker books. She is the most renowned, influential, and successful thieftaker in Boston; she is also ruthless, dangerous, cruel, keenly intelligent, and charmingly alluring. I hope you will stop by to ask her a question or two. Here is the link:
The event at Bitten By Books includes a giveaway for a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card. Here is the rafflecoptor widget that will enable you to enter the contest. You can also access the giveaway at the link above.
I hope you enjoy today’s event and the interview with Sephira. And best of luck in the contest!
May 20, 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 Creativity: Narrative, Fiction, and Life” It is a special post, written on a very special day in my life. I hope you enjoy it.