Last year, on October 10, 2017, my lifelong dream came true: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, the book of my heart, was released into the world! As many of you may know, it took me a long time to get here and I’m glad, because all of that time spent improving my craft led to a debut book that I love, feel confident about, and believe represents the best of what I can currently do as […]
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 […]