This week Kelly and JJ discuss Wintersong because JJ didn’t have the brain space or the bandwidth to participate in a cogent discussion about writing or publishing. Also: SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the book, you might want to give this episode a skip, or just skip to the very end, where we move on to our other usual sections. Spoilers start at 13:15 and end at 49:35.
Before I started writing fiction, I wanted to write for television. My first attempt at writing and selling my work was a spec script for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which I wrote, typed, and mailed to Paramount when I was 13. That was my first professional rejection too. Years later, I applied to a Nickelodeon writing fellowship with a spec script for the cartoon CatDog, which I probably worked on harder than any paper […]
So, I have a new novel out today: Against All Silence, a sequel to my 2014 cyberthriller about teenage hacktivists, The Silence of Six. This book is more of the same—yet also very different, because that’s what I like most in sequels. I often say Quantum Coin (the sequel to Fair Coin) is like Back to the Future II; well, I’ve been thinking of Against All Silence as my literary equivalent of… Super Mario Bros. 2. Typically on publication day, a question I hear from friends, fans, […]
Hi All! As many of you know, I just finished a series on the building blocks of a novel, which dove deep into a metaphor comparing a novel to a city. We compared words to bricks, sentences to walls, paragraphs to buildings, scenes to streets, and chapters to neighborhoods. Today, I want to acknowledge that sometimes a novel is not like a city at all. I think most regular readers of this blog know that […]
Hi everyone! I am so excited for today’s post because it’s a very special day for my dear friend, and fellow pub-crawler, Stacey Lee. The cover for her sophomore novel, OUTRUN THE MOON, is live on Entertainment Weekly. I adore this cover! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can (and should) check it out by clicking here. But make sure to read the rest of this post, because Stacey has answered a few questions about […]