Well I finished the second book in The Undying series at the beginning of June and sent the MS off to my agent. Wrapped up the copyedit for The Undying around that same time. Felt great to get both shipped off. For about two seconds. Then the brain gets churning again, even as I gear up for a road-trip to the rugged Northern Idaho Panhandle.
While I’m thinking over the panels I’ll be on at PNWA summer conference in Seattle in July, I’m devoting a good amount of time to researching. It’s one of my favorite times in the process. Reminds me of my researching geophysics and astrophysics before setting pen to paper for The Undying.
I also just completed a question and answer session with my editor at Simon & Schuster, to be posted on Simon451’s website in the months before publication in October. I don’t want to give anything away, but you can follow and updates as they roll out here. I’ll be sure to tweet when they’re posted.
One of the questions from my editor concerned my current reading list. At the end of the list I wanted to name a few of my old favorites. I had to edit the list down, as it quickly grew unwieldy. So here are a few books — old and newer — that didn’t make the list, but are very much worth a read:
David Morrell’s thriller, Creepers. Clive Barker’s magical Weaveworld. William Gibson’s Burning Chrome. John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing. And the vampire tale Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite. I could go on and on, but I enjoyed each of these and wanted to share. If I don’t post again this June, happy summer to all.
Been crazy busy lately, so I apologize for not blogging more. But I’m super close to finishing the next book in The Undying storyline, which I’m sure will make my agent happy (Sorry Barbara, I’ll be real done soon. I promise.).
Some cool stuff is happening as we ramp up to The Undying‘s release in October. Simon and Schuster is putting the final touches on a free Fall Preview Sampler, where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek at the story. They’ve also launched my author page on the S&S website.
Meanwhile, I’m building a workshop for a panel I’ll be on at the PNWA’s summer conference in July, on Sci-Fi Fantasy World Building. For those interested, a blurb:
World or story, which comes first? Discover how to craft a realistic background for your manuscript — from vampires to space exploration, to new lands, peoples, economies and beyond. How suspension of disbelief is key to keeping your reader, agent, or editor on the page. In the workshop, learn how to develop and strengthen sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and all fiction genres to forge an immersing novel. The ins and outs of researching world building. How to use language, politics and friendships as tools to create an unforgettable landscape.
I’ve also been working as a chair for the Middle Grade category of the PNWA’s annual Literary Contest. I’ve had great feedback from the judges this year. When it’s hard to pick a winner, you know we’re seeing some great manuscripts.
All that, and writing too. Which I need to get back to, so thanks for checking in.
The Horror Writers Association has announced two annual scholarships for writers. The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship and the Horror Writers Association Scholarship. Each are worth $2500.
The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is open to female members of the HWA. The HWA scholarship is open to all HWA members. Both will be awarded in early 2014.
As HWA President Rocky Wood states:
“It is very clear to the HWA that there are unseen, but real, barriers limiting the amount of horror fiction being published by women. There are many fine women writers being published in our genre but we also see potential for the percentage of horror fiction being published by women to increase. This Scholarship, named after the great female horror writer, aims to encourage more female writers to enter our genre and to aid in the development of those already working within it. At the same time the HWA exists to extend the horror genre in all its aspects, so we are also establishing Horror Writers Association Scholarship, which is open to all our members, regardless of gender.”
Applications open on November 1st and close at midnight PST on December 13th. You can find more information on both scholarships here.
So updating the site to the cloud took me MUCH longer than I had thought. Whew. Just figuring out how to log on took forever. phpmyadminhell. But I’m back.
Quick updates: Slaving away on Book Two and its coming along very well. Also, looks like I’ll be heading up the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference Agent/Editor side of things again. You can find out more info on this summer’s conference here. Early registrant deadline is April 1st.
I’ve also been asked to be chair again for the PNWA’s annual literary contest. They’re doing away with the Screenwriting Category and I’ve been asked to head the Middle Grade part of things. YA had gotten so big they had to split into a new category. Should be fun. You can find out more about the contest here. Deadline for entries is Feb. 22nd.
That’s it. Sorry it’s been so long since I posted anything. Overestimated my ability to move the old site to the new cloud site as requested by the server. I may have been the last client to migrate everything over. Probably sent me warnings for a year before I took care of things…
Yeah, I know. But we only get three of these this year. Another in April and July and who cares about Friday the 13th in July unless you’re camping.
Random thoughts/notes: You’d be one of the few, but if you’re not watching Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey, do. Julian Fellowes is crafting some truly special dialogue (and when did Thomas become such a likeable character? I’m going to miss booing him from the sidelines).
On fiction and why it’s good for you: Friend and bestselling thriller writer Boyd Morrison tweeted some interesting stuff on the benefits of reading fiction yesterday, from the Harvard Business Review: The Business Case for Reading Novels by Anne Kreamer.
And a plug: For my mentor from my USC days, SL Stebel (Rad Bradbury calls him “the best writing teacher that ever was“). His thriller The Collaborator is available on Amazon’s new audiobook website audible.com, narrated by Michael Bell. Get a copy here.
And lastly, some true Friday the 13th material: A new poster for the 20th Century Fox/Tim Burton produced film, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. How long before someone spins off Downton Abbey full of zombies instead of wounded soldiers?