Again, big thanks to Yasmine Galenorn and Brian Mercer for appearing together on a successful World Building workshop during the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s summer conference in Seattle. If you don’t know about New York Times bestselling author Yasmine, she’s quite the prolific writer and a shamanic witch. You can learn more about her books at her website. I’d recommended following on her twitter, too.
Before I unplug for a sunny Friday in Seattle, I wanted to pass along that my imprint Simon451 is starting to roll out more information on The Undying prior to the novel’s October release, including a conversation with my editor at Simon & Schuster, the superbly talented Sarah Knight. Here’s an excerpt:
The Undying has what we in publishing call “crossover appeal.” Tell us how you decided to take your obvious literary chops and apply them to an apocalyptic thriller.
Reid:The Undying first came to me as I sat in hotel room in France watching the beginning of the Iraq War on CNN. It was surreal, the feeling of being in a foreign land as my country invaded another. The concept further took root after two women in my family endured some very difficult years—which gave birth to Jeanie, my main protagonist. I guess I wanted them all to have a voice. I’ve always leaned toward writing psychological thrillers. And I dig pop culture as much as a good rush of adrenaline. That all meshed together in The Undying, in its way.
There’s more on the Simon451 website, a newsletter to subscribe to and even a way for writers to submit their work. If you’d like to read more, you can find the entire interview with Sarah here.