Thursday, January 28, 2016

Strange Horizon's Reader Poll 2015

Pleased to hear that a round table interview I was part of last year at Strange Horizons made the website's top five articles, according to their readers. Awesome.

The article is called "Representing Marginalized Voices in Historical Fiction and Fantasy, By Joyce Chng, David Anthony Durham, Kari Sperring, and Vanessa Rose Phin". My Stonecoast peeps will recognize this as stuff we talk about a lot during our MFA residency, but still... It's stuff worth sharing, I think.

It's HERE.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Page Proofs!

I'm p leased to say I recently received and read the page proofs of my next book, THE RISEN - a historical novel about the Spartacus rebellion in ancient Rome

Everything looks good, so it's back in my publisher's hands, scheduled for publication in May of the new year!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Hey, this is fun. Shawn Speakman just sent the first pages of all the stories in the upcoming SFF anthology, Unbound. That includes a story from me. It's got a nice little illustration as well.

Click on it if you'd like a teaser...

As for the book itself, info available here.

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Friday, October 09, 2015


The ebook version of the new anthology from Grim Oak PressUnbound – Tales by Masters of Fantasy – is now available for pre-order on;

Unbound will be released on 1st December and includes my story "All in a Night's Work". It's a playful solar punk ancient Egyptian story aimed at younger readers. I had fun with it. ;-)

Here’s the full line-up of contributing authors:
  • Small Kindnesses by Joe Abercrombie
  • An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians by Terry Brooks
  • Mr. Island by Kristen Britain
  • Jury Duty by Jim Butcher
  • Madwalls by Rachel Caine
  • The Way Into Oblivion by Harry Connolly
  • Uncharming by Delilah Dawson
  • All In a Night’s Work by David Anthony Durham
  • Son of Crimea by Jason M. Hough
  • Dichotomy of Paradigms by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A Good Name by Mark Lawrence
  • River and Echo by John Marco
  • Seven Tongues by Tim Marquitz
  • The Siege of Tilpur by Brian McClellan
  • Fiber by Seanan McGuire
  • Stories Are Gods by Peter Orullian
  • Heart’s Desire by Kat Richardson
  • The Hall of the Diamond Queen by Anthony Ryan
  • The Dead’s Revenant by Shawn Speakman
  • The Farmboy Prince by Brian Staveley
  • The Game by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Ethical Heresy by Sam Sykes
  • The Rat by Mazarkis Williams

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Michael Stein Goes Solo

Artwork by Maya Calypso Durham
Just a quick note to say that one of my stories, All the Girls Love Michael Stein, is now available as an ebook. It's a story for kids. Or adults. Or for kids to read to adults. Or vice versa... Oh, I don't know! It's just it's own thing. It's a story I wrote for my daughter on her 13 birthday. She enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed writing it. Maybe you would too?

Here's the description:

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Acacia 

Trilogy comes a story for cat-lovers of all ages...
Michael Stein is a cat. A clever one. He’ll be the first to tell you that.

His girl, Lucy, dotes on him. He kinda likes her, too.

He’s always had big plans for the future, grand ambitions. He was going to do wonderful things, have big adventures and really make a name for himself.

But that was before an accident changed everything. Now, Michael Stein finds himself in an unfortunate condition. He’s not the cat he was before, and the new realities facing him are shocking.

More importantly, Lucy’s in trouble. Michael Stein wants desperately to help her. But - considering his condition - how can he? It won’t be easy.

Fortunately, he’s a clever cat...

And then stuff happens. I can't say too much because I could easily give away some of the key, important-like aspects of the story. In the mood for something different? Something light, yet heartfelt? A bit of modern fantasy (that's actually all based on fact)?

If so, try out Michael Stein: available HERE.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Spartacus Reveal

At long last, I can reveal the cover for my forthcoming historical novel, The Risen! It's scheduled for publication in March 2016, and it'll look like this...

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

High Stakes Delivered

Very pleased to have sent my portion of the next Wild Cards novel, HIGH STAKES, in to George RR Martin last night. It's been a long process this time around, with some serious delays. But yesterday I got what I needed to finish, I went to work and 4,167 words later I pressed SEND. (My sections are 43,000 in total.) So. Done.

Until I have to do rewrites.

Now back to packing and teaching and all the other things of life!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

The mild, wonderful days of...

You know what I'm dreaming of? Spring. The mild, wonderful days of... oh, let's say May. What a marvelous month. By late May, the snow really will be gone. Really, I'm sure of it. I'll head up to Vermont for the absolutely wonderful Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat. We'll talk books and writing. I'll wear short sleeves. I'll sit outside at some cafe and chat with folks as birds fly around singing.

It'll be a dream.

You should join me.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Acacia tome 2 : terres étrangères, numéro d’équilibriste littéraire

Friday, February 06, 2015


Very happy to say that I just heard back from my editor on my recently delivered Spartacus manuscript. It's a go. He likes it and has officially accepted it!

There's still plenty of revising work to be done, but it's a big relief to get the confirmation that the book exists, and will be my next publication with Doubleday/Anchor. Book # 7 with them!

Oh, and I think it has a title now. It will likely be this:

The Risen: A Novel of Spartacus

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