November 6, 2013
I was asked this at one of my signings earlier this year, and it’s a great question. Specifically, I was asked about the differences in gender, and if it was different writing a male character versus the female one I’ve been writing. I expect I’m going to get asked this a lot when we get close to Low Midnight’s release date (which I don’t know yet, alas), so I thought I’d throw the answer up here.
What I answered: no, the difference in gender is not a factor when I write about Cormac. Because the biggest difference between Kitty and Cormac is not, in the end, their respective gender identities. It’s their dispositions and their entire outlooks on life. Kitty is a chatty idealist. She wants to think the best of everyone and everything, she believes it is possible to make the world a better place. And she talks. A lot. Cormac…doesn’t. Cormac is a cynic. A borderline sociopath. He would rather shoot you than be friends with you. He knows the world is a brutal place and you either eat or be eaten.
That’s the kind of thing I was thinking about while writing Cormac. Just like when I write Kitty I’m focused on her dialog, her philosophy in life, her goals, her loyalties. To define them according to their genders would essentialize them in ways that I think would make them less interesting.
I’ve written male points of view before — a number of my short stories have male points of view, and half of Discord’s Apple is from the point of view of Greek soldier and spy Sinon. Again, I wasn’t so much focused on him being male as I was on his more relevant personality traits: his loyalty to Odysseus, his identity as a Greek soldier, his sense of fatalism that never quite edges into despair. Writing the Cormac novella several years ago convinced me I could, in fact, write an entire novel about him. And again, I focused on his cynicism rather than the fact he’s a guy.
Seriously, don’t think of it as writing good male characters or female characters. Just write good characters.
July 31, 2013
Yesterday was release day for KITTY IN THE UNDERWORLD. Yaaaaaaaaaaay!
I hope you like it. This one’s a little crazy — but I think I always say that, don’t I?
I will probably run to the store today to try to spot it in the wild. Book day is always exciting! Especially because I also sold a short story yesterday. Cool, yeah? Busy day!
Now, back to work with me!
July 26, 2013
If you want a different kind of sneak preview, I’ve been playing around with Pinterest. Kitty in the Underworld has a lot in it, and I wanted to put together some kind of reference page with some of the images and ideas that went into the story. I suppose it’s a bit spoilery — but really, only if you know what the story is. It’s kind of turned into an exploration of all kinds of human-animal hybrid imagery. Because there’s a lot of it out there. I’ll try to keep adding to it, but I hope people look through it and find some cool stuff there.
You know “that Cormac novel” I keep talking about? I’m ready to announce the title: LOW MIDNIGHT.
All this week Tor.com is running previews from Dangerous Women, ed. by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Saturday, they’ll be posting a sneak peek of my story for the anthology, “Raisa Stepanova,” about a Soviet woman fighter pilot in World War II. Check for it tomorrow.
I’m lining up some cool appearances and stuff for 2014 — more info when I have it. But I can say: ConStellation in Lincoln, Nebraska has invited me to be their Guest of Honor next year — so I’ll be in Lincoln in April. I’m also strongly considering attending the RT Booklovers Convention for the first time next year. Plus all the usual conventions, and Worldcon in London… It’s shaping up to be a busy year.
Now, back to work with me…
July 5, 2013
Less than a month to go until the release of Kitty in the Underworld! The first chapter is available for your reading enjoyment. I’ve got a handful of events planned for August — a signing at the Broadway Book Mall on Aug. 11, an appearance at the SFWA reading series in Seattle, a signing in Portland, then Bubonicon and Worldcon. Stay tuned for more info!
It does not feel like a Friday today. Yesterday was a holiday, but because I work at home it didn’t feel like a holiday. But it sort of did. It’s all very confusing.
But you know what’s really exciting? Less than a month until the next Kitty book!
June 19, 2013
So I’m reading this book,which is something of a prequel to another series by this same author. I know from having read the series that all these characters turn into gods and dragons by the later books. That’s right, they all turn into dragons! But this prequel is just the first in a trilogy, and I’m close enough to the end that it’s becoming clear that nobody’s going to turn into dragons in this book. Which totally bums me out. I want dragons! Now!
Here’s a sneak peek of the Kitty in the Underworld playlist:
April 8, 2013
I’m on the road today, so this is just a quick post to say that Kitty Rocks the House landed at #18 on the NYT Mass Market bestseller list. A huge thanks to all of you who are so excited about the series. I appreciate your support.
April 5, 2013
A couple of things coming up.
Here’s an essay I wrote about vampires. Crazy, I know!
This Saturday! Tomorrow! April 6, 1 pm: I’ll be signing at PageOne Books in Albuquerque, NM. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my New Mexico peeps.
And later in the month:
April 19-21: Starfest, Denver’s media SF&F convention. Most of my programming will be with the HorrorFest folks, as usual.
April 28 3pm: I’ll be signing at the Broadway Book Mall in Denver.
We’re kind of adding things scattershot throughout the year. I know I’ve got a number of events lined up for August, and I’ll announce those when the details get hammered out. Another busy year!
Also, I’d never really seen all the books lined up together. They all kind of live in boxes and stacks and clumps on my shelves. So I lined them all up:
That’s…that’s a lotta books. No wonder I’ve been so busy!
April 3, 2013
Here it is:
I just wrapped up the copyedits on this one, so it seems like a good time to post the cover. The art is once again by the excellent Craig White. What else can I say about it? Yes, there is a were-lioness in the story. Which made it extra cool when the editor asked, “Hey, is it okay if we put a lion on the cover this time?” I said, “Make it a girl lion and it’s all good!” So, yay!
The release date is July 30.
Now I gotta get the website updated, post the cover everywhere I can, and gear up for the next round. Excelsior!
March 27, 2013
Book day + one! It’s out, and I can breathe a sigh of relief. At least until next time.
I’ve got a few appearances lined up. This afternoon, I’ll be doing an event for teens from 2-4 at the Loveland Public Library.
This weekend is AnomalyCon in Denver. I’ll be there with bells on. Maybe literally. (Still getting my outfits together.)
April 6, 1 pm: I’ll be signing at PageOne Books in Albuquerque, NM.
April 19-21: Starfest, Denver’s media SF&F convention.
April 28 3pm: I’ll be signing at the Broadway Book Mall in Denver.
Full moon tonight! Get out and do some howling!
March 25, 2013
Kitty Rocks the House is due out tomorrow!
And it’s a full moon on Wednesday! This is auspicious, I think.
What can I tell you about the book without edging into spoiler territory? Well, for anyone who’s been wanting to see more of Kitty’s pack and the gang back in Denver — this is it. Here’s a post about some of the local research I did for the book.
Only one more day to wait, and the first reviews and reactions are starting to trickle in. So far so good! Tonight is dinner and TV with friends night, and I think I will call it a celebration.
This will be my fifteenth published novel. It’s still nerve wracking and exciting.
And now I have to get back to work on the next one…