So this weekend just gone I was at the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin for the annual wonder that is Octocon, the Irish National Science Fiction Convention. It’s a fun and friendly convention, always trying new things, always something different and this year was no exception.
At Pcon I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Cheryl Morgan for Salon Futura, and that interview went live today.
It’s very funny to listen to myself, let alone watch myself talk. I use my hands. Let me rephrase that… I use my hands A LOT.
We covered a wide range of subjects in my 20 minutes – my library day job, old books, paranormal romance, erotica (err… yes… *blush* I think you can actually see the blushing in the video), Soul Fire, The Scroll Thief, my Holtlands stories, Young Adult fiction and May Queen. Wiiiiiiiiiiiide range of subjects.
So a huge thank you to Cheryl. May we meet again very soon.
Well, I it’s a week after PCon and I’m still recovering! My con report is up on Writing.ie with pictures by Kate Sheehy. Thanks to Elizabeth Murray for inviting us to play on her blog. 🙂 Make sure to visit and read all about it. (zombie fuelled mayhem, one way trips to Mars – what more do you want?)
In the meantime I have my edits back so may be dropping off the face of the earth (a little bit more than usual). So excited about the various changes. It’s getting so much closer!
I will be back soon, I promise.
Almost time for rewrites again and I’m getting myself back into the mindset for May Queen, my YA fantasy coming out next year from Dial Books for Young Readers.
As I’ve said before , music is really import to me. A song can encapsulate a feeling, a moment, and distill it so that even a few bars can bring memories and emotions flooding back. A song helps me key myself back into characters, their flaws and their dreams. Continue reading Musical Musings on May Queen
Pcon (Phoenix Convention) starts on Friday 4th and runs through to Sunday 6th. It’s always fun, entertaining and just a little bit mad. And chock full of great stuff.
I’m on the following panels*:
11am: Books I wish I’d read before I was 18
Panellists will discuss books they’ve read as adults that they wish they’d read when they were younger.
10am: (Help me! Help me!) The art of reading
A discussion on an author’s considerations in planning a reading, tips on the event itself, and ideas on follow-up afterwards.
2pm: The Library of the future
(Libraryland and Writing life collide!)
4pm: Channels to market for the writer
The various routes authors have taken to publication
So if you’re around, pop in. And if you pop in, please say hello! (I typed help three times there. Hope that’s not an omen). Take lots of photos (I’ll hide). And above all have fun.
*And if I’m not in a panel room, check the bar! 😉
(Yes, I’m late. Why does this surprise you?)
Well, it’s been quite a year. Let’s see if I can sum it up… er…
In February I finished the first draft of The Wolf’s Destiny.
March brought the Pheonix Convention or Pcon which is always awesome fun.
April and the awesome news that May Queen had sold to Dial Books for Young Readers. OMG the stress and excitement. Then there was a blurr of contracts, rewrites, and a variety of things I’d never imagined.
In May Soul Fire came out in print. I was so busy I almost missed it. Poor neglected book. Paranormal Romance with sexy sidhe should never be neglected. If you missed it, you might like to go and look now. It also has a magnificent cover. I’ll wait.
Spent most of the summer writing Graffiti Angel and editing The Wolf’s Destiny. In July I went to the RNA conference in Greenwich which was incredibly fun! And just a bit glam!
Sad news reached me in August that my wonderful super-agent Colleen Lindsay was giving up agenting but luck was with me and the equally fantastic Suzie Townsend won the wrestling took me on and things have been going swimmingly since then. And I can still have random chats with Colleen about Dr. Who and mad cats whenever! 🙂
September… I think I lost September somewhere. Checked down the back of the sofa but no joy.
October means Octocon. George R. R. Martin was Guest of Honour. Met so many wonderful people! <3 to you all. I was also a Geek of the Week. At the end of October we went to Ashford Castle for a Harry Potter night. It was awesome!
November was Wexworlds which was a winter wonderland edition as all the snow in the world decided to fall on Wexford that weekend. We met, among others, Eoin Colfer which made my son’s decade (a feat as he’s not quite a decade old)! It also brought rewrites on May Queen which are now all done.
December brought Songs of the Wolf to print, The Wolf’s Sister and The Wolf’s Mate collected together for the first time with another lovely Natalie Winters cover. My first and latest Samhain novella together. Pretty! And a freakin’ unbelievable amount of snow! I mostly hibernated. This also meant I got the second round of edits on May Queen finished early (Yay me!) and sent them back.
So what next? Well, we’ll have to see what 2011 brings. I’m off to Rome for a libraryland conference this week – will be sure to bring back photos. Many many photos. And tonnes of inspiration. I’ve started working on Forest King, the sequel to May Queen, and a number of other things (of course). Looking forward to the Pen dinner in February and PCon in March – anywhere writers gather really. RNA conference is in Caerleon this summer and as plans stand I’m definitely going. It’s only a ferry ride away. Ok, a ferry ride and a drive/train, but close enough. And this is the year we will knock May Queen into its final shape.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting year. Can’t wait.