No one would think, upon meeting this quiet, smiley woman from New Zealand, that she would have such a romantic geek streak. But as evidenced by the success of her romance fiction, and the burgeoning success of her sci-fi/paranormal romance fiction, it must be true. Also true is that she’s not alone. With ten books under her belt, she’s built an impressive audience, making both the USA Today and NYT bestseller lists. As the publishing industry has discovered, there are large numbers of readers who want to read romance stories set in a non-mainstream universe. (By the way, far be it for me to divulge her secrets, but she’s also a huge Bollywood movie fan, and in fact turned me onto them. Where else can you get family drama, romance, catchy dance numbers, martial arts, and terrorism all in one movie? Cue dance number!)
I’m putting together a list of authors for an idea I had the other day for developing some really useful juicy material for this blog, which covers, but heretofore hasn’t focused on, the topic of writing in general. Over the coming year, I’m going to be shifting its focus, and I thought a great place to start off with that would be to interview experienced authors with some published credits and awards.
My plan over the coming months is to interview a series of authors about the life and business of a writing as a career. My questions will focus less on the nuts-and-bolts of plot, character, etc, and more on the journey of the writing life.
Already lined up in the queue are:
- Mur Lafferty: Ubiquitous, Infamous, Geek-Fu, Podcaster Goddess and superhero podcast author
- Rich Wulf: Long-time Legend of the Five Rings Story Scribe, now writing novels and game content for Wizards of the Coast.
- Robert Reed: Hugo-award winning SF author.
- Scott Sigler: A podcast SF fiction pioneer, with a debut hardcover coming out next month.
- Joe R. Lansdale: Can you say Bubba Hotep anyone?
- Jim Butcher: Bestselling author of the Dresden files.
There will most certainly be more coming, but this should whet your appetite. Check back later this week for the first interview. Also, if you have suggestions on who you would like to see interviewed, please feel free to send them along. I’ll see what I can do.