Here are some of the books I read, more or less recently, and would highly recommend. Some awesome novels: The Beautiful Ones, by Silvia Moreno Garcia The blurb: "In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first… Continue reading 12 awesome books to read
Some Mondays are better than others, and today is a most excellent Monday! My new monthly column at Barnes & Noble's Scifi & Fantasy blog debuts today! I will be doing a monthly roundup of speculative short fiction there, and I am so grateful to be able to spread the word about all the excellent… Continue reading I have a new monthly column at B&N Scifi & Fantasy Blog!
Ursula K. Le Guin has died. I've written about her and her books a lot on this blog through the years. She meant the world to me as a writer, as a reader, and as a person. She shaped me, and influenced my writing in ways I can't even really put into words. I read… Continue reading This one hurts
I'm super excited about this new anthology, coming from Shohola Press this spring - it's called 'Abandoned Places', and I share the TOC with a whole bunch of fantastic writers, including Bo Balder, Lauren C. Teffeau, Steve Kopka, Chris Cornell, Ransom Noble, Karl Dandenell, Cath Schaff-Stump, Shannon Ryan, Chris Bauer, Miranda Suri, Anna Yeatts, Chia… Continue reading New story forthcoming in ‘Abandoned Places’ – an anthology from Shohola Press (now available for pre-order!)
Yes, it's here: my second flash fiction collection, 'Dark Flash 2', is now available! It contains all ten stories that I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year, and it's available in various ebook-formats all over the place: Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon Australia Smashwords (various formats) Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Kobo (Read more about the… Continue reading My flash fiction collection DARK FLASH 2 is now available!
In November, I posted a list of my award eligible stories for 2017. It always feels a bit strange, tooting my own horn like that, but it's been a great year for me as a writer, and sometimes a list is a nice way to reflect on that, no matter whether it's awards season or… Continue reading Writerly recap of October & November – stories published & sold, interviews & more
Very excited to share the news that my science fiction story 'Long As I Can See The Light', originally published in 'People Are Strange', has made the cut and will be included in Flame Tree Publishing's Alien Invasion anthology! These anthologies look gorgeous, and I can't wait to hold a copy of this in my… Continue reading Reprint news for ‘Long As I Can See the Light’!
'tis the season to nominate and vote for your favourite speculative fiction published in 2017. I've read so much stunning, wonderful, crazy-good fiction this year, and (sadly) there are even more stories I never got around to reading at all. The list below is a suggested reading list based on my own limited reading this… Continue reading My 2017 suggested reading list in all its flawed & limited glory
After a weekend of formatting, Dark Flash 2 is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords! All ten of the stories I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year are included in this collection of flash-fiction, and it will be published on December 4th. (It's my birthday, so it's the supreme way to make… Continue reading DARK FLASH 2 is now available for pre-order!
This was my second year attending the wonderful Surrey International Writers' Conference (SIWC) at the Sheraton in Guildford. I love this event because a) it's so close to home that I can go home every night, and b) because the workshops and the atmosphere are fantastic. Check out SIWC's website if you want to find… Continue reading Recapping my weekend at Surrey International Writers’ Conference
Some small-ish self-publication news: later this year (probably in December or thereabouts), I'll be self-publishing all my 2017 stories for the Word Count Podcast in Dark Flash 2. I did the same with the eight stories I published on the podcast in 2016 (available from Amazon and Smashwords), and I thought I might as well make… Continue reading A cover-reveal for ‘Dark Flash 2’
August, and especially September, seem to have gone by in a flash. September is always a bit of a muddle, with the kids going back to school and me trying to get the hang of their schedule and trying to get back into my own schedule of writing, writing, and reading (and then more writing).… Continue reading Writerly recap of August & September, 2017 – stories published & sold + bits & bobs
My story 'The Wayfinder & His Sister' is now live at Cast of Wonders! It is part of Banned Books Week, and I wrote it specifically for this year's theme, Text Against Tyranny: "the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours." I was so… Continue reading Story-notes for my new story ‘The Wayfinder & His Sister’ at CAST OF WONDERS
You can read my science fiction story 'The Gates of Balawat', originally 'Balawats portar', in the brand new issue of Samovar Magazine. Also in the issue: poetry by Salik Shah, a column by Rachel Cordasco, and fiction by Stamatis Stamatopoulos. (Next week, you will also be able to listen to the story read in both English… Continue reading Read my story ‘Balawats portar’ / ‘The Gates of Balawat’ in SAMOVAR MAGAZINE
It's Banned Books Week - an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and also a time to highlight the many books that have been targeted for banning and even burning through the years. The wonderful YA Podcast Cast of Wonders is running a series of stories for Banned Books Week, between September 24th and… Continue reading Banned Books Week – at Cast of Wonders & elsewhere
You can hear me read this story on episode #69 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Listen to the episode. The prompts for this episode were “August”, and this photo: The tent in my story might be a bit different than the tent in the photo, but, you know, poetic licence and all that... I… Continue reading Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
Issue #31 of Luna Station Quarterly is now live, and it includes a reprint of my short story 'Seven Kinds of Baked Goods', originally published in the anthology 'Just Desserts'. This is a bit of adventure fantasy, featuring a fancy tea shop, poisons, assassins, LOTS of baked goods, and very sharp blades... Read my story… Continue reading Read my story ‘Seven Kinds of Baked Goods’ in Luna Station Quarterly
June and July have been very good to me: a lot of good things happened, after a spring when I occasionally felt like it was difficult to write, or at least difficult to know if the words I was stringing together were good words. It made me think of one of my favourite Stephen King… Continue reading Recap June / July – stories published, stories sold, reviews & more
It's summer-time (at least here in the northern hemisphere), and if you're like me, you've already got a pile of books you're planning to read. My pile is mostly on my Kindle, but still: it's a big pile. Here are some of the books I've read and enjoyed recently. They are all perfect for reading… Continue reading Great reads for summer (or any other time)