Jennifer Fallon has pointed out that Harper Collins Australia website now has the”browse inside the book” facility. You can now take a peek inside each of the Mirage Maker titles here by clicking on the title of each book. Be warned though, the pages they offer you are not entirely consecutive – they are the first 3 pages of each chapter! Enough, I guess, for you to decide whether you will like the story. One thing for sure, there are a lot more pages there than you get with Amazon.
They have not done the same thing yet for the Isles of Glory, although you can read extracts of The Aware and The Tainted.
Aah, Hrugaar tells me I have got the International times for the Virtual Conflux sff convention wrong. Let me check. I always am lousy at this!
Yep, here are the correct times for my appearance:
Malaysia/Perth: 10 a.m. Saturday
Canberra/Sydney: 12 noon Saturday
Los Angeles: 7 p.m. Friday
New York: 10 p.m. Friday
London: 3 a.m. Saturday
Paris: 4 a.m. Saturday
Thanks Hrugaar. My apologies to everyone. Bet I don’t get many from UK or Europe…but do look at some of the other writers instead who will be online at hours more compatible.
CONFLUX is the science fiction/fantasy convention held in Canberra. This year, prior to the convention they are repeating what they did last year: having a Virtual Convention. Next weekend.
So even if you can’t go to the real thing, you can come and chat online to some authors including myself, guests at the real con, editors and others in the business.
Log on to this address* – find the section devoted to the author/celeb you want at the time scheduled for them – and chat!
Each has an hour allotted to them. You can throw them tough questions, tell them how much you
loathed loved their books, ask what they are doing next, tell them how to write….whatever.
Next Saturday and Sunday, Oz time. I start the programme at 12 noon Eastern Australian time on Saturday. (That’s 10 a.m. Saturday Western Australian/Malaysian time; 10 p.m. Friday night in New York; 7 p.m. Friday night in Los Angeles;
7 a.m. 3 a.m. Saturday in London – if I have my international dateline worked out properly. (Sorry about the original incorrect time for London.)
Here’s the programme and the participants:
Saturday August 2
12 noon – Glenda Larke
1pm – Chris Barnes
2pm – Gillian Polack
3pm – Bruce Gillespie
4pm – Phill Berrie
5pm – Stephen Hunt
6pm – Peter Strong
7pm – Karen Miller
8pm – Fiona McLennan
9pm – Maxine McArthur
10pm – Sharyn Lilley
11pm – Karen Herkes
12 midnight – Ellen Datlow
Sunday August 3rd
1am to 6am – break
7am – Sherwood Smith
8am – Nicole R Murphy
9am – Jonathan Strahan
10am – Kaaron Warren
11am – Sean Williams
12pm – Kevin J Anderson
1pm – Cat Sparks
2pm – Jackie French
3pm – Jack Dann
4pm – Simon Haynes
5pm – Marianne de Pierres
I love it the way my agent blithely says: Send me a synopsis, will you? – as if I can churn one out in ten minutes. I’d rather write a 5,000 word chapter than one synopsis for a single book, and I’d make a better job of it, too.
And this one is for a whole trilogy.
We are talking summarizing half a million words down into something that makes sense and sounds interesting. For a fantasy. Right. Aaaaargh!
So I sacrificed a whole day of novel writing to write a synopsis instead…and I still think it sounds like the lunatic ravings of someone on hallucinogens. I had actually done this before, a year and a half ago, but at the time the books were unwritten and the trilogy was actually going to be a quartet, so it needed changing drastically now that it is only 3 books and one and a half of them have already been written.
Imagine an arid, ancient land where it no longer rains without magical intervention.
Such is the Quartern, where rainlords sense and move water and cloudmasters make and break clouds to bring rain. Their abilities bring them unlimited wealth and power, as well as a burdensome responsibility.
When potential new cloudmasters are murdered and the land is left short of water, a boy with the ability to move clouds becomes a pawn in a power struggle that leads to war, and two squabbling rainlords are forced to marry in order to produce more cloudmasters. In the meantime, in a poverty-stricken Quartern city, a girl able to depict the future on the surface of water is trapped in a painted destiny, not knowing that her skills will one day be crucial to the survival of the land.
The three books follow the story of these four characters in a time of drought and war, when men and women governed by greed seek to rule, and honour means risking all to stop them.
If only I could stop there.
I am writing,
The man beneath her was dead.
His eyes stared upwards past her shoulder, sightless, sad, the vividness of their blue already fading. For a while his blood had seeped from his wounded chest into her tunic, but that had slowed, then stopped. She did not know his name, although she knew him by sight. He’d been a guard at Breccia Hall. Younger than she was. Eighteen, twenty? Too young to die.
The lovely Satima has interviewed moi here, on Specusphere.
And in the meantime, here’s progress on Book Two (Stormshifter) of The Time of Random Rain trilogy. Zinging along now, with over 1,500 new words of immortal prose a day…
And here’s another photo from Como. Because I can.
I often delve into a blog site called Writer Unboxed. Great place for writers and people who want to be writers and for readers who want to know a bit about the process. The brain child of Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton, the site now involves a number of writers, such as Juliet Marillier (who lives in my home town and whom I have recently met for the first, and I hope not the last, time).
Recently Kathleen was asking her mystery-reviewer husband what earns a poor review out of him, and he remarked: “Cats. If you have to put a cat in your book, be aware that most men will not read it.”
Okay, you guys out there. I want to know – is this really true? And if so, in heaven’s name, why?? Ladies, ask your spouses, partners, brothers, fathers, sons: do they read cats?