July 10, 2014
Sometimes, when we rush, we do stupid things. To that end, I somehow forgot to mention in this morning’s post (below) that I am today’s guest at John Scalzi’s “The Big Idea” blog. I’m writing about magic systems and how they do and sometimes don’t work. Here is the link:
I hope you enjoy the post!
The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour takes me to two more sites today. I have an article up at the blog of Black Gate Magazine on “The Life and Times of a Midlist Author.” It’s actually a follow up to an article by Garrett Calcaterra that appeared last year at Black Gate. Garrett interviewed me for the article and I thought it was an important enough subject that I should revisit it this year. I hope you find it interesting.
I am also at Drey’s Library, where Ethan Kaille, the hero of A Plunder of Souls and the other Thieftaker books, takes readers on a brief tour of Boston as it appears in the summer of 1769. This was a really fun post to write, and I hope you have as much fun reading it.
June 30, 2014
Today, the Summer 2014 A Plunder of Souls Blog Tour shifts into high gear, or at least into a higher gear. I have two appearances on the schedule today. The first is at the blog of my wonderful friend, Faith Hunter, who (along with Misty Massey and me) is one of the co-founders of the Magical Words blog site. The post is about creating rich, believable, compelling settings for urban fantasies.
I am also interviewed today at Fantastical Imaginations, a wonderful genre-oriented site run by my friend, Dominick Swennen. The interview covers a good deal of ground and was fun to do. I hope you enjoy it, as well as the post at Faith’s site.
And for those of you not keeping track of the minutes, as I am, the July 8 release of A Plunder of Souls, the third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles, is only eight days away!! Woot! And you don’t even have to wait that long to make sure that you have your copy ready; you can pre-order it now!!
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.
November 18, 2013
Today I am posting at Magical Words, the group blog about the craft and business of writing that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, Mindy Klasky, and several others. The post is called “On Publishing and Writing: A Sale, and a Study in Perseverence,” and it gives the long and tortured background of a series — a contemporary Urban Fantasy trilogy called the Weremyste Cycle — that I have just sold to Baen Books. I’m incredibly excited about the sale; even more than I would be usually. This post explains why. I hope you enjoy it.
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!
July 28, 2013
Once again, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is at Unusual Historicals, this time for a Q&A, and of course, the THIEVES’ QUARRY giveaway. Leave a comment or ask a question on the post and you’ll be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of the newest book in the Thieftaker Chronicles. So check it out and enjoy! Here’s the link:
July 24, 2013
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has me back at Drey’s Library today, where I am July’s featured author. My post today is about my choice of pre-Revolutionary Boston as the setting for the books of my Thieftaker Chronicles. Drey has been a wonderful host, and I am so grateful to her for welcoming me onto her site. I hope that you enjoy today’s post, as well as the other posts I’ve done for her site, and I hope as well that you will enter the contest to win a Thieftaker t-shirt.