This week I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing a person who has had a tremendous impact on me (and hopefully my writing career!), Jeanne Cavelos. Jeanne is a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and these days is the brains and (most of) the brawn behind one of the premier writing workshops for genre fiction, the Odyssey Writing Workshop. In addition to Odyssey, she also teaches fiction writing at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. One doesn’t have to look very hard to find praises being sung for the quality of the Odyssey experience, and that is due to Jeanne’s astonishing insights as an editor, her love for all things science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and her ability as a writer herself. Aside from the numerous authors she worked with as an editor, she has edited several anthologies, and her essays on writing have appeared in On Writing Horror, Writers Workshop of Horror, and other publications. In this interview, she even reveals double-secret plans for the Odyssey Writing Workshop. So read on!
As my agent said, once upon a time, “good things can happen when you put the ball into play.” And if one never puts the ball into play, nothing much will ever happen, except by accident.
It is indeed official. Heart of the Ronin will be released in 2010 in an Indonesian edition, translated into Bahasa Indonesia.
I’m thrilled, of course, but it still seems a bit surreal to me, because this came out of nowhere. Nevertheless, I’m delighted that the story is continuing to get out there.
I will be participating at the Sarpy Area Arts Council “Arts Alive” Festival to be held at Shadow Lake Town Centre in Papillion, Nebraska, on Sunday, September 13, 2009.
The author panel will consist of yours truly, along with Chloe Neill, Victoria Alexander, and Paul Rea, to be held at the Shadow Lake Border’s store, at 2:00 p.m. The topic of the panel is yet to be determined, but all of us will be there for discussion and signing books afterward.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to the folks of the Omaha Science Fiction Education Society (OSFES) for putting on a great convention this last weekend in Omaha, in particular John Shoberg. Thanks, John, for having me.
If you’re a Scifi/Fantasy kinda person you would do well to check it out. With two successful years starting up a new con, the OSFES folks know what they’re doing.
I had a great time, met some great people, and had some interesting panel discussions on writing and Lovecraft.
After 6 weeks at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, I have returned home, invigorated, energized, and working to get everything back in gear.
Among some exciting things in the works:
- Novel revisions
- Short story revisions
- A new novel to finish
- New and improved author interviews
Stay tuned, folks! We’re just getting started.
Best-selling romance author Nalini Singh invited me to be a guest blogger on her website last week.
For a stark contrast in the differences between romance fiction and almost everything else, check it out here!
Wednesday, May 27, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Ground Zero Comics and Games – Bellevue, Nebraska