Nov 1, 2012
October 2012 in Review, Part 1
October has been and gone, and I’ve already seen my first Christmas decorations at the mall. Here’s what I was up to last month.
October in News
Another fairy tale!
I’m happy to share the news that I’ll be writing another fairy tale retelling (a short story!), this time for the anthology Grim, edited by Christine Johnson and published by HarlequinTeen in Winter 2014. Some of my favorite writers will be in the anthology, including Sarah Rees Brennan, Jon Skovron, Dia Reeves, and Saundra Mitchell. I’m excited to try my hand at another fairy tale! Which one? Stay tuned to find out …
Huntress was short-listed for the 2012 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Novel — Thank you so much! It’s so great to see it on a list with books for all ages.
Around the Web
- The Agony Column Podcast — In which I read an excerpt from Adaptation, and talk to Rick Kleffel about mysteries and The X-Files.
- Interview with Charles Tan at SF Signal
- I take the Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe on Tor.com and reveal what really happened at Roswell in 1947.
- YALSA thinks the Next Big Thing in YA is sci-fi like Fringe, and Adaptation is one of their recommended reads.
More reviews of Adaptation!
“Suspenseful, girl-powered, contemporary science fiction full of realistically diverse characters making realistic contemporary use of technology— plus hot kissing—make this book hard to resist.”
“Adaptation is one of those rare, unique birds in YA: a good, cool and geek-friendly sci-fi story featuring an extremely diverse cast of characters and a beautifully portrayed bisexual protagonist.”
— The Book Smugglers (Warning: spoilers if you click through!)
October in Writing
I am very pleased to report that I did no writing in October. After ten months of go-go-go on deadlines, I was finally able to take a break from spinning tales. Don’t worry, I’m getting right back in the game on Monday, because I have two short stories to write before the end of 2012 (one of them the fairy tale for Grim).
October in Reading
Because I didn’t have to write last month, I could read! The first thing I want to tell you about is a YA novel coming out in February 2013 called Pantomime by Laura Lam. This is a lovely fantasy about a teen who runs away to join the circus, and I’m so happy I had the chance to read it in advance. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve blurbed it! Here’s what I had to say:
“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomime is a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
I will also say that Pantomime is absolutely a queer story, so if you like your stories outside the box, try this one.
Last month I also read Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau, a historical novel set in 1800-ish Virginia. I had the serendipity of reading it on the plane on the way to Richmond, Virginia, where I was going to meet Gigi at the James River Writers Conference, and it was so absorbing from the very first word. I love historical novels, and this one did a wonderful, heartbreaking job of putting me in the life of a blacksmith slave named Gabriel, who led a rebellion that ultimately failed. Let me tell you: I cried on the plane while reading this book. It left me inspired by what Gabriel tried to do, and appalled that he had to do it. Highly recommended!
Last but not least, I also read Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand, which I gushed about here.
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Coming in Part 2: Photos! Photos from Sirens, Virginia, and more.