Discord’s Apple Day!

July 6, 2010

Today is the official release day for Discord’s Apple, my second hardcover and first stand-alone novel marketed as fantasy rather than YA.  This means I’m slowly ticking items off my career “to do” list.  Getting this one out in the wild was a big one, and now it’s here.

Many announcements to go with this:

Some behind-the-scenes looks at the story:  This novel probably has more autobiography in it than any of my others, but much of it would only be recognizable to other people in my family.  Because it’s about family, in many ways.  Not individuals so much as family history, heritage, and roots.  I spent a chunk of 2002 learning about my family, and that’s the process that ended up in the book.  I also changed a bunch of the names to make the story my own, but it’s rooted in reality.

In May of 2002, I lost two family members — my paternal grandfather, and my maternal grandmother’s older sister.  I visited Aunt Rose a month or so before she died, and this was the first time I’d ever visited someone for the purpose of saying goodbye like that.  I was there with my mother, my grandmother, Aunt Rose, and one of their other sisters.  The three of them told stories about growing up in Swink, Colorado, and I heard a lot and learned a lot I never knew before.  When my grandfather passed away just a few weeks later, I had a similar experience outside of Anniston, Alabama — after the funeral, we visited the house where Grandpa had grown up, and once again I heard stories I’d never heard before, and had a sense not just of family, but of family tied to a place, with a history.  After that summer, I started writing the story of Evie, who goes home in a time of crisis to be with family and discovers a treasure.

Lots and lots of other bits went into the story — lots of mythology, the Greek soldier Sinon who helped win the Trojan War, the military comic book that Evie writes, and so on.  But it started with family.

Some visual aids:

This is the house near Swink, Colorado, where my grandmother and her siblings grew up.  It’s not quite the house that I imagine Evie’s family living in, but the landscape is similar — open prairie going on for miles — and this location is what I was thinking of when I wrote those scenes.

This is Bent’s Old Fort (or rather a reconstruction of it).  This was one of the first trading posts to be established on the Santa Fe Trail, and marked something of a crossroads where various groups from east, west, and south came together.  In Discord’s Apple, the place appears as Hope’s Fort, which gave its name to the fictional town where the story takes place.  (In reality, the nearest town to Bent’s Old Fort is La Junta.)

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7 Responses to “Discord’s Apple Day!”

  1. T. Hernandez Says:

    Congrats on Official Release Day!! Gotta be exciting. I’m looking forward to reading this.

  2. Markysan Says:

    Read it. Loved it. It’s like a mildly feminist version of American Gods but not really. (that’s supposed to be a compliment.)

    Only desire was for more closure on the comic. 🙂

  3. Crissy Says:

    I just had to comment that I finished reading this book last night (actually bought it 7/2, but hadn’t gotten a chance to read it) and it was absolutely fantastic. I loved the way you seemed to mix in so many different genres, and the characters you created were so easy to care about with just one novel, and so well developed. Though I’ll always love your “Kitty” series, I think this may have just become my favorite of your novels. 🙂 Sorry, just had to gush a bit, heh. I’m such a fangirl.

  4. Jim Van Pelt Says:

    I saw the book today at Borders. It was prominently displayed in the front, face out with the “New in Hardback” titles.

    Woo hoo!

  5. bdlower Says:

    I loved your book, it was one of the better ones I’ve read lately…I couldn’t put it down, and stayed up way too late reading it (but so worth it)!

  6. James Says:

    You might mention to Powell’s that they have shelved it in “Horror”. Not sure that’s the right place. 🙂

  7. Cat Says:

    Currently reading it, and I like the stories within stories aspect of it. So far so good, but they’re still just tending to Mab and putting Dad to bed. We’ll see.

    Also, James, I have to roam around any bookstore looking for books in the urban fantasy genre… sometimes it’s fiction, sometimes it’s mystery, sometimes it’s horror, and other times, it’s romance. The most common is Science Fiction, but you never can tell.


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