November 11, 2015
You guys want a new story about Rick, don’t you?
I thought so.
Behold, “El Hidalgo de la Noche,” which is a sequel to “Conquistador de la Noche” and tells the story of what happens when European vampires arrive in colonial Mexico — and find Ricardo de Avila already there and rather surprised to see them.
Ebook only for now, but I’ve been thinking I have enough stories to put together a second Kitty collection. . . as always, stay tuned!
In the meantime have some links:
October 23, 2015
MileHi Con is this weekend. This one kind of snuck up on me — it’s my last big thing for the year, and I let my guard down a little early. So I basically spent yesterday in panic mode making sure everything was ready.
I’m hosting my own version of The Midnight Hour again — it’s turned into an every other year thing, which is just fine and will help prevent burnout. This year, my special guest host is GoH Kevin Hearne. I have assured him the event will be easy and painless. He’s such a good sport.
The rest of the program is online. I’ll be around all weekend, talking on panels and engaging in shenanigans. Hope to see some of you there!
October 21, 2015
Hanzai Japan, including my story “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” is now available! Here’s a sneak peek of my story:
“I bet the school is home to a secret laboratory creating superheroes,” I say, and Miki and Ru just stare at me. I keep going. “You know, like some of our fellow students may in fact be superheroes in disguise, with strange mental and physical powers. There’s a secret high-tech gymnasium under the real gymnasium where they do their training.”
Miki says, “If there are secret superheroes, why don’t they do something to save the city?”
That is a very good question.
So we decided that the characters of Arrow totally fit into Hamlet:
Hamlet: Ollie, who is haunted by the ghost of his father.
Claudius: Malcolm Merlin
Polonius: Det. Lance
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Felicity and Diggle
Which of course would leave Yorick for Tommy Merlin.
And Fortinbras is Amanda Waller, which means the last scene is her walking on stage and going, “What the hell happened here?” and Thea sort of shrugging weakly with a confused expression on her face.
September 25, 2015
Just a quick announcement: On Monday, Sept. 28, I’ll be at the Fall for the Book festival in Fairfax VA, speaking on a panel about urban fantasy. My third east-coast visit this year! Check this link for all the relevant info.
And then, September will be over and we’ll be on that fourth quarter slide to the end of the year. I keep telling myself I’m going to make all the holiday presents this year. Better get started…
Happy Autumn Everyone!
September 21, 2015
I just got my copy of Hanzai Japan, an anthology of crime stories about and/or set in Japan, due out from Haikasoru next month. It’s available for preorder from most of the usual outlets I think.
You might be thinking, “Huh, Carrie, this is not your usual sort of stomping grounds.” And you would be right. When one of the co-editors contacted me about writing a story for it, my first response was, “I’m not sure I know anything to be able to write a story for this.” My second was, “Heck sure, I like a challenge!”
So, for those interested in process, how does one set about writing a story for a theme anthology that seems intriguing and is far outside your comfort zone? Here’s how I did it.
First, I made a list of things I would absolutely not write about: the yakuza, samuri, or kitsune/ghosts/demons. Because even with as little experience as I have with Japan, these ideas all seemed way too obvious.
Second, I made a list of things I knew I could write about pertaining to Japan: the way Japan was used as a trope/foil in 1980’s cyberpunk; early 1990’s anime, especially the teenage/high school comedy genre (I seriously watched a ton of Ranma 1/2 in college); and Shonen Knife.
And then I thought, “Holy shit, I can totally write a story using those three things.”
Thus was my story born: “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” about the teenage lead signer of the world’s greatest Shonen Knife cover band, battling for the right to play at her high school’s spring dance while anarchist hackers take down the city around her.
I have to admit: I kind of love this story to pieces. I read it at Bubonicon — it seemed to go over well.
September 2, 2015
Title: Mission Statement: Objectives in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss stated protagonist goals in the genre: protecting the human world from the supernatural, or vice versa.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Autograph Session
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Transformations: Werewolves in UF
Description: Authors in the genre discuss their chosen variation of this intriguing supernatural being.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Heroism and Sacrifice
Description: UF protagonists who sacrifice happiness to make the world better for others.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Hunting Monsters
Description: Whether a job or a calling, our panelists’ protagonists track down and destroy monsters
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Comedy and Calamity: Humor in UF
Description: Authors share ideas on combining humor w/ more serious aspects. Laughs guaranteed.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Reading: Carrie Vaughn
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Backdrop: Settings and Locales in UF
Description: Our panel of authors discusses how their settings influence their characters and worlds.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
On Sunday at 1 pm I’ll be signing books at the Missing Volume, Booth 1301-1303.
I’m also going to be spending time at the Wordfire Press booth extravaganza, tables 39-41 I — not sure exactly what times yet, but they’ll have my books for sale.
So PLENTY of opportunities to see me and get books signed. I don’t want to hear anyone say after the con they couldn’t track me down!
August 26, 2015
Bubonicon is this weekend, and DragonCon is the weekend after. And then a research trip and a book festival. And so begins a month of travel. I think I’m ready for it. We’ll see. Will I see you there? Are we super excited yet?!?
It may not feel like it some days, but I have been a busy little monkey, and the products of my busy-ness will be trickling out over the next year. What can you look forward to?
STUDY ABROAD: This is my YA space opera novel, the one I might have referred to as “the Polly book” over the last year or so. It’s due out in May 2016 from Tor. I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot more about it in coming months.
AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES: I’m working with Fairwood Press to put together a collection of short stories, not specifically Kitty and not limited edition, spanning the whole of my career to date and across all genres. There won’t be any overlap with Straying from the Path, and I think this’ll really be a great intro to my short work. Patrick of Fairwood Press published many of my early stories for Talebones magazine, and we’ve been talking about doing a collection for going on ten years now. I’m so happy it’s finally going to be a reality. This’ll be out sometime in 2016, but Patrick has already kindly put up a pre-order link. That’s how excited we are about this!
I also have a couple of surprises in the wings. More info for you when I get some solid release dates.
A couple more links for ya:
My talk at the Tattered Cover a couple of weeks ago was recorded, and the podcast is up! This includes me reading my current work in progress — a novel about Cormac.
I did an interview with Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing.
And now, back to the word mines! Heeee-ya!