A taste of the surreal

Monday, March 12, 2018

Here’s where I was standing when I got The Call from Connor Goldsmith: Yeah. It was kind of a bonkers day. But my life has often seemed a strange and haphazard thing, so it only seems appropriate that one of the most significant moments of it should also be one of the most surreal. It’s actually not out of character at all. I seem destined to have important conversations in…


How Deadlines Control My Chaos

Monday, March 5, 2018

I love deadlines. Seriously, I do. Always have. I work better with them. I’m someone desperately afflicted with what I call butterfly brain — so many ideas, so many things I could be doing, that actually completing any of them has always been an issue. Right now, for instance, I’ve been putting off writing this blog post because I keep wanting to tweak my concept for the space opera WIP…


Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly and Giveaway of Nebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH

Saturday, March 3, 2018

This week, I am delighted to introduce to the ball Lara Elena Donnelly, my agent-sibling! Lara and I are both represented by the magnificent Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary, so I’ve had the privilege of knowing Lara since before the rest of the world got to enjoy this dazzling debut! Apart from being a fantastic, award-nominated writer, Lara is a lovely person and well-worth the following on Twitter. 😉 The all-singing, all-dancing…


Editing a World

Monday, February 26, 2018

This post about edit letters is really a post about worldbuilding, because that’s a lot of what my edit letters were about. Oh, there were things about character arcs and pacing and such, too, but much of that went into the manuscript comments. My edit letters, particularly the longest that I received from the first of my two editors, were a lot about world-building. In a successful fantasy novel, the…


We all need a little help from our friends

Monday, February 19, 2018

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about support systems! Writing can be an isolating process, and for my extroverted soul, that isolation can be rough. My sense of both myself and the rests of the universe is largely externally-generated, so having support systems that connect me to the rest of the universe is so important for me. And, I think it’s important to have support systems both with and…


Interview with Tina LeCount Myers + Giveaway of THE SONG OF ALL

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This week, I am delighted to bring to the ball Tina LeCount Myers! I had the good fortune to meet Tina at the Sirens Conference, one of the best book-loving events out there. Sirens celebrates women in sci-fi and fantasy: characters, writers, editors, readers, librarians, teachers, everyone, and it’s one of the most positive, affirming atmospheres I’ve ever been in. So, I’m tremendously happy that we can celebrate another Siren here on…


It’s Kimmery’s Release Week!

Monday, February 12, 2018

It’s finally time! Kimmery is the first of this year’s Debs to step out onto the ballroom floor!  The Queen of Hearts hits shelves tomorrow. This past weekend, the New York Times called it “insightful” and “affecting” — just one of several excellent reviews she’s gotten — and I’m so excited for the rest of the world to be able to step through the hospital doors and get to know Kimmery’s main…


Self-Care from Poets and Artists

Monday, February 5, 2018

Self-care is not a thing I am great at. High-functioning anxiety means that I have a lot of trouble relaxing, and I feel guilty about it any time I even get close. There’s always something I should be doing, after all. Certainly always something else I could be doing. I try to absorb the good advice out there about self-care, and I try to take heart in inspirational aphorisms, but there’s…


Sorcery and Serendipity: The Quirks of Querying

Monday, January 29, 2018

If you’ve reached the querying stage of the publication process: Congratulations! You wrote and edited a book. (You did edit it, didn’t you? A lot? Good.) You’re ready to send your baby out into the world, and that can be thrilling and exciting. This stage can also be totally overwhelming. I dealt with some of the chaos by keeping a running spreadsheet of who I queried and when I queried…


White Women, We Have To Do Better.

This week, the Debs are discussing the ethics of writing marginalized characters, and let’s be honest: it’s a little awkward, ‘cause this year, the Debs are all white chicks. No one intended that — the initial selection for this year’s set included two WOC, but both ended up having to decline — and it’s definitely something we’re all aware of and that we’ve tried to correct for by making sure…

Monday, January 22, 2018